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Welcome to Dementia Care Matters.

We are a leading international dementia care culture change organisation.

We provide consultancy, learning development, training resources and practice based research.

We believe a new culture of care comes from focussing on a model of emotional intelligence.

Dr David Sheard CEO & Founder

Director The Butterfly Community
Care Personality of the Year – 16th UK National Care Awards

Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Surrey, UK

Latest News UK:

Future of Dementia Care Matters:

For the last two years Dementia Care Matters been at a pivotal point in discussing, steering and deciding the best plan for its future growth and legacy development. This has been with the goal of building on the reputation, impact, practice development and visible results it has achieved around the world in promoting culture change and improving people’s quality of life in dementia care.
A decision was made that Dementia Care Matters’ future would be best placed in a charity of worldwide standing where there is a synergy of beliefs and values in the future of how older people need to be supported within care services. In 2016, Aged Care Plus piloted The Butterfly Household Model of Care at two of their residential aged care centres in Australia and in this time, we have developed a close working relationship, which saw the alignment of our values and a unified passion to improve and develop cultures of care for older people living with dementia.

Acquisition by The Salvation Army, Aged Care Plus, Australia
Dementia Care Matters would like to advise that it has been acquired by The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus, Australia an organisation that is committed to caring for more than 1,700 older Australians each year. to read the full press release click here

12th UK Dementia Congress : 7th - 9th November 2017 - Doncaster Racecourse

8th November sees The Butterfly Community's first webinar to be held at UK Dementia Congress: The Butterfly Community - bonding with glue: joining up culture change and person-centred practices.  A live webinar with David Sheard and Helen Sanderson

8th November - 'Care Homes : Practically 'Outstanding' - correlations between Butterfly Level 1 Homes and CQC ratings

9th November - 'Question Time Panel ' a chance to have your say, seek opinions and learn from expert discussion on pressing issues in dementia care, Panel including Prof Alistair Burns, University of Manchester, Prof. Dawn Brooker, University of Worcester, Peter Mittler, University of Manchester & David Sheard, Dementia Care Matters

Also on the 9th November : Advanced Workshop: Beyond Feelings Matter Most to Positive Intentions in Dementia Care - An Advanced Group Workshop for experienced managers and practitioners seeking more progressed material in dementia care led by David Sheard and Peter Priednieks Dementia Care Matters

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11 Butterfly Homes have been rated as 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, all the reports for the individual homes can be read here 1

Dunkirk Memorial - Dementia care at home in Somerset run by the Royal British Legion has been branded "exceptional". To read the article click here

Forthcoming article in The Journal of Dementia Care Sept/ Oct 2017 by Dr David Sheard - 'The Stuff of Life: why the quality of interior engagement in care homes is so important' 

Thursday 10th August,  Peter Priednieks , Deputy CEO , Launching the 'New Nurse Academy & Training Programme for Staff'  at the Royal British Legion Industries -

Belfast - during 2017 / 2018 we are working with 4 Care Homes and Supported Housing - Sydenham Court in 'The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust ' to develop their  culture change programme in The Butterfly Household Model of Care

New DCM team member:

- As well as Deborah Evans joining DCM a year ago having led Butterfly Homes in achieving amazing transformation in South Wales we are really pleased that Mike Phillips joins us with a wealth of national experience in dementia care.

September 2017 Gwen Coleman delivering 'Mattering in Hospital' to The Royal Derby NHS Trust 

New DCM Butterfly Project 2017 - delighted to announce that Guild Care - Haviland House  , Drogheda - Moorehall Lodge - Ireland ,  The Hylands   , Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre  - Australia will be joining Dementia Care Matters Project Homes

New DCM Butterfly Homes 2017 - The Butterfly Model of Care Quality of Life Accreditation Award has been awarded in 2017 to: Dunkirk Memorial - Royal British Legion - Somerset , Sefton Hall - Southern Health Care - Dawlish

Daren Felgate returns to the UK in September to provide ' Leadership Matters in Dementia Care' with Rhondda Cyon Taf 

Peter Priednieks, Deputy CEO in September leads and facilitates our ' Butterfly Training Skills Matters' external course for Trainers held at the Royal Star and Garter Home in Solihull

David Sheard to Speak in Windlesham.  Read an overview of the question and answer session with David at The Link, Windlesham click here

THE WAYBACK: Virtual Reality helping people with Alzheimer's by The WAYBACK Team — Kickstarter. David Sheard is involved in this Project and it is being put forward for funding through a Kickstarter donation campaign. Click here for more information.

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Butterfly Care Homes

Over the last 22 years Dementia Care Matters has developed The Butterfly Household Model of Care

In June 2016 the Revised Version 2 Butterfly Household Model of Care Checklist was launched at the Dementia Care Matters Annual Conference.

Butterfly Care Homes are spreading across the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and USA.

To read more about the benefits of becoming a Butterfly Care Home please click here.



Latest News International:

New DCM Butterfly Projects 2017 - DCM is delighted to announce that  Drogheda - Moorehall Lodge - Ireland  , Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre  - Australia will be joining Dementia Care Matters Project Homes



Country's First 'Butterfly' Dementia Care Facility Opens - The senior living community near Atlanta will offer emotion-based care. Read the Article by Jennifer Goodman here

August 2017 - USA huge Launch in August 2017 of First Butterfly Home Project in Atlanta - pivotal development with US becoming the 5th country to spread the butterfly movement proving dementia care matters.  Read more here



April 2018 - Dementia Care Matters is excited to be launching it's 5th Butterfly Household Project on 24th April 2018 at Moss Vale - Harbison Care and we look forward to the year ahead with everyone living working and visiting Moss Vale read an article on this launch click here

October 2017 - Dementia Care Matters is excited to be returning to Australia to Launch it 4th Butterfly Household Project on 12th October 2017 at Elizabeth Jenkins Place - The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Centre and Deliver its first “ Mattering At Home – A New Culture of Home Care Services ” with The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Centre  Click here for more details

July 2017 - Sally Knocker spent 3 weeks in Australia undertaking The Butterfly Model of Care Quality of Life Accreditation Audits of the first 3 Australian Projects. 

Expressions of interest Australia

Please click here to view our latest Expression of Interest: Spreading Butterflies in Australia, Phase 2 for residential aged care providers, featured on the Aged Care Channel (ACC) website.

Making Moments Matter: 'Butterfly model sees positive results'. To read a recent article published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care, by Kerry Schelks, Managing Editor regarding the positive outcomes of The Butterfly Model of Care at two of The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Homes: Mountain View Aged Care Plus Centre, Narrabundah and The Cairns Aged Care Plus Centre, Chapel Hill, Queensland, please click here.

January 2017 Daren Felgate a Senior Consultant with DCM travels to Australia - Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide - to undertake the 6 month reviews of the first 3 DCM Butterfly Household Model of Care Residential Aged Care Projects




11th & 13th April 2018 - College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta.  Dr David Sheard is delighted to be delivering workshops in associating with CLPNA.  For more details click here


Residential Care Refresher, Okanagan, British Columbia - Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2017

The Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice, Interior Health and UBC CPD have announced a brand new conference for healthcare providers involved in long-term residential care. They are currently working on the educational programme and will have a preliminary agenda available this spring. David Sheard is the Keynote Speaker. The conference will take place at the Sparkling Hills Resort, Vernon, BC on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2017. For further information please click here. 

BCCPA (British Columbia Care Providers Association) Dr David Sheard - Care to Chat: The Butterfly Household Model is a Culture Change Movement - Butterflies are spreading in Canada on Wednesday 15th November 2017 For more information click here

Butterfly Homes continue to spread in Alberta: David and Peter visit in July the 6th Butterfly Project Homes in Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge - if you would like to know more about becoming a Butterfly Home please contact our Office 01273 242335 or email us

You can hear Renate Sainsbury - Lifestyle Options, Radio interview with Caregiver SOS weekly radio show Here

We are delighted to announce the launch on Thursday 30th March 2017 of the Butterfly Household Model of Care Project at Malton Village Long Term Care Centre, Region of Peel, Ontario, Canada. please click here



'The long goodbye - designer Deborah Veale on her father's dementia' to read this article and read about the fundraising for St Josephs Shankhill click here

David will be launching this new Butterfly Project on Monday 19th June 2017.

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Dr David Sheard returns to Ireland spreading butterflies in dementia care.

This is a historic week for Dementia Care Matters as David launches the fourth Butterfly Project with a nursing home provider in Drogheda to introduce there The Butterfly Household Model of Care with Moorehall Lodge Drogheda.


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Learning Resources

Dementia Care Matters offers a range of learning materials based upon the experiences of people living with a dementia, care staff and relatives. A series of books; DVDs and a two part DVD training programme for staff is available.

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Mattering At Home

Dementia Care Matters already has a well-established inspirational model transforming dementia care homes. Following significant development we are now able to share our new model of homecare services ‘Mattering At Home.’ 

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Mattering in Hospital

The national focus is increasing on the need to achieve culture change in the NHS. There is a renewed emphasis on the quality of people's experience in hospital. This focus has a complete synergy with Dementia Care Matters philosophy.

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In-house Training

Our concept of Mattering brings together the core elements of emotional care, skills, quality of life and environment with the culture of a shared community, as the way to evidence people really matter. 
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Wales / Cymru

We are delighted that 9 Care Homes in Wales have achieved our Butterfly Care Home Quality of Life Accreditation Award.

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Dementia Care Matters has been welcomed in Ireland - bringing our Culture Change approach to Nursing Homes and providing learning and development on Leadership, Person Centred Care and Training Skills.

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International Development

International interest continues to increase with significant work across across Canada and Australia.

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David Sheard

David provides specialist Consultancy in areas of dementia care that are newly developing or requiring a strategic focus. He can be commissioned to produce practice development tools and specialises in motivational speaking at conferences and with the media. Read more

Just a quick note to say how happy I am with the latest DVD. It is truly inspirational and an asset during training. – Dementia Care Trainer

Very impressed with the DVD's & Book from you. If you are looking for a deep undertsanding of what Dementia Care is all about then you have found the right website....–Dementia Care Matters Member

Just a quick note to say how happy I am with the latest DVD. It is truly inspirational and an asset during training. – Dementia Care Trainer