The Kettering care home using Tik Tok to entertain residents
Westhill Park have played human hungry hippos and shared lots of Tik Tok dances
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.
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!
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper when you do your weekly shop.
Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper.