Retirement Home Plays Real Life Hungry Hippo game while under Quarantine

Elias Hubbard
March 25, 2020

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

At the Bryn Celyn Care Home in the United Kingdom, residents are playing a life-sized version of the popular children's game 'Hungry Hungry Hippos'.

Take the Bryn Celyn Care Home in Wales, which has been in isolation since March 12. "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 residents and staff are well, and there is no current coronavirus-related illness in the nursing home.

Bryn Celyn said that the game boosted morale for both the residents and the staff and ended in peels of laughter.

"The lifestyles team here at Bryn Celyn are always coming up with fun and exciting ways to keep the residents entertained", a facility spokesperson told NBC's "Today" show.

The original tabletop game has four hippos with moveable mouths that players control to eat as many marbles as possible.

They were filmed seated in a circle while holding an overturned basket at the end of a pole - with a huge pile of colored plastic balls in the middle of them.

The efforts of staff at Bryn Celyn care home have caught the imagination on social media.

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. "This activity really raised morale in the home and had all the relatives and team members laughing". Because of the lockdown, their normal hairdresser can't enter the residence.

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