A group of Ohio nursing home residents got a jump on deer hunting season late last year, with staff members as their (somewhat) innocent prey.
In viral social media posts shared in late November, residents at the Continental Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Blanchester, OH, can be seen in three different videos shooting Nerf guns at nursing home workers dressed as deer. The videos have garnered more than 37 million views in total.
“You can tell by the uncontrollable laughter that staff and residents were having a ball,” Activity Director Lisa Beach told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.
The deer-hunting idea came about after a co-worker showed an example of a similar indoor activity, explained Beach, who helped adapt the idea to the 59-bed nursing facility. She even decided they should use their own Christmas trees before decorating them for the holidays and turn the dining room into a forest.
Residents have bragged about the online videos going viral, according to Beach.
“The residents are so excited,” she said. “They’re saying that they’re famous so I made little movie star signs with their names in them and put them in their rooms. They’re just so excited that people around the world are sharing the videos.”