The Kettering care home using Tik Tok to entertain residents

Westhill Park have played human hungry hippos and shared lots of Tik Tok dances

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 6:00 am

A Kettering care home has gained more than a million views and 15,000 followers on Tik Tok after sharing videos of residents on the social media site.

Westhill Park's most popular video has had 1.2m views and 126,800 likes and shows residents dancing to a mash up of popular Tik Tok music including 'Savage' by Megan Thee Stallion.

The care home has been following and recreating trending videos with residents and sharing the results on Tik Tok, a social media site that allows users to record, edit and share videos of themselves.

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Westhill Park have been embracing Tik Tok and teaching residents trending dances

As well as their 'Savage' dance, Westhill Park has done a version of the 'Flip the Switch' challenge.

This uses Drake's sone 'Nonstop' and when the rapper says 'flip the switch', the two people switch position and clothing instantaneously through clever editing. In Westhill's video, a resident and care worker switch position and clothes.

Another video trend the care home have recreated is the human hungry hippos game.

This hilarious video shows residents in wheelchairs using a box on a stick to try and capture as many balls as they can while carers push them in and out just like how players push their hippos in to catch balls in the popular board game.

The Northants Telegraph shared some of Westhill Park's videos last month, the most popular of which had over 100,000 likes.

Westhill Park's lifestyle manager Hannah Kinloch has been making the videos with lifestyle assistant Sharon Kawonga and said: "It's keeping spirits high. We are trying to keep morale up."

Hannah said while residents don't always know what Tik Tok is recording clips for the platform has been keeping them entertained and the videos are a chance for families who cannot visit their loved ones to see what they've been getting up to at Westhill Park.

She said: "We do so much with our residents. It's nice to have something light hearted and a bit of fun."

If you're in Northamptonshire and have embraced Tik Tok during isolation, let me know at [email protected] We'd love to share Northants' best videos!

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