Residents of Coronavirus Containment Nurses Play Hungry Hippos in Real Life

Cheryl Sanders
March 25, 2020

"Everyone in the home team and residents are anxious about the virus", Michelle Williams?, general manager at Bryn Celyn Care, told CNN. But in this version, the team at Bryn Celyn care home in Maesteg, Wales, replaced toy hippos with cute old ladies!

The facility is not allowing any visitors at this time, but is trying to keep residents entertained with games, cooking classes, and exercise classes.

A group of pensioners squealed with laughter as they were pushed around in their wheelchairs in a real-life game of "hungry hippos" - to cheer them up while they are in coronavirus isolation.

Homes like Bryn Celyn have had to restrict visits recently, so nurses came up with the game to keep the residents occupied.

Nursing home staff then roll residents forwards and backwards as they try to catch as many plastic balls as possible under their baskets. "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 object of the classic Hasbro game is for each player, or "hippo", to gobble up as many marbles as they can.

They're using plastic playpen balls and makeshift hippo mouths made from plastic baskets attached to broomstick handles.

Thanks to a video from the home care staff, we're able to see how it went down.

The game resulted in "lots of laughter to lift morale of the team and residents", care home staff said in their Facebook post. "This activity really raised morale in the home and had all the relatives and team members laughing".

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