Care home staff plays classic kids game, but with a twist

Nursing home residents playing

With all the school closures across the world, nursing homes have also followed suit.

But once all that craft glue had dried and quiz games won, the caretakers at Bryn Celyn innovated a new activity last week that combines exercise with the wholesome fun of board games: a life-size version of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

The nursing home has been on lockdown since March 12, meaning no visits from loved ones.

Bryn Celyn played, but with a twist.

Now the residents and staff are all well and there are no coronavirus-related illness in the home, according to Williams.


The facility has not seen any coronavirus-related illnesses, but is keeping visitors out as part of its "stringent infection control measures".

At the Bryn Celyn Care Home in Wales, the residents are playing a life-sized version of the popular children's board game Hungry Hungry Hippos. In this case, the hippos were the residents, most in wheelchairs, using broomsticks fashioned with plastic baskets for collecting snacks.

The Bryn Celyn team uploaded a short video to Facebook on Thursday and it's since been viewed over 250,000 times and brought smiles to plenty of people across the internet.

If you happen to be in South Wales and enjoy a good game of Hungry Hungry Hippos, BBC journalist Catrin Nye noted that the care facility is hiring roles in caring for residents. "Lots of laughter to lift morale of the team and residents!" Williams said that on Friday, a staff member from the home's housekeeping team came to the rescue with a hairdressing day.

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