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Oakham Grange Care Home in Rutland is looking for a Morris Minor or old style Mini

The developers of new Rutland Care home, Oakham Grange, are looking to purchase a Morris Minor or old style Mini.

It is hoped that the retro car can be installed in the garden to bring back memories for people with dementia.

The importance of having an older car is that its interior appeals to the sight, smell, hearing and touch senses, all of which can trigger a person's memory.

MSMP Ardale Oakham Retro car (18738745)
MSMP Ardale Oakham Retro car (18738745)

This may help them relive past times such as first dates, summer holidays and trips.

The car will be placed in their newly created 'reminiscence garden' which will also encourage residents to go out in the fresh air and get sunlight.

Ardale, the company building Oakham Grange, aims to create positive activities, such as washing the car, which leads to residents sleeping and eating better.

The positive approach also includes a therapy dog, Brabhan - named after the Formula 1 team - who will go into the home to be petted and walked around the garden.

The garden will also feature a putting green and raised beds, where residents can grow their own vegetables and flowers.

Robert Myers, head of care pathways said: "It's amazing how people engage and open up when they relive past times."

The care home will be opening in Spring 2020 and will be home to 60 residents and 300 members of staff.

So far a couple of people from the Rutland area have registered their interest in selling their cars to the company.

Robert said: "It would be great to get the car from the local area."

If you have a car like this you are willing to sell, call 01572 332211 or email info@ardale.co.uk

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