Insight & Analysis

Hungry Hungry… Senior Citizens?

Published: Apr 2020

The Bryn Celyn Care Home in Wales instituted a lockdown on 12th March, and has come up with an inventive new way of keeping residents entertained.

Three hippos in the water with their mouths open

The historic game of Hungry Hungry Hippos has been around since 1978, and has provided entertainment for millions since. The inventive, newest iteration is continuing to do just that – but this time, with elderly residents of a care home.

The care home posted a video to Facebook showing residents and staff playing a life-sized version of the game, with the residents in wheelchairs being the hippos, armed with plastic bins attached to poles.

Staff pushed the wheelchairs forwards, as the ‘hippos’ tried to grab as many plastic balls as possible from the middle of the circle.

The general manager at the care home said in an interview “Everyone in the home team and residents are worried about the virus, but we are staying positive and doing what we do every day, which is supporting our residents and keeping it as normal as possible.”

The video can be viewed here, and it certainly provides some inspiration for keeping entertained if you’re stuck inside!

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