Welcome to Dementia Care Matters.
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
For information on booking click here
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.