Dementia Care Matters Home Page | Dementia Care Matters is a leading dementia care, culture change training organisation led by David Sheard and has developed the Butterfly HouseholdĀ® model of care

Welcome to Dementia Care Matters.

We are a leading global 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
Care Personality of the Year – 16th UK National Care Awards

Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Surrey, UK

International Development 

International interest in Dementia Care Matters model of dementia care continues to increase in particular with significant work across Canada and Australia.

We are delighted to announce that the first 3 Butterfly Care Home Projects in Australia - in Brisbane, Canberra and Port Broughton, Adelaide commenced in July 2016 - click here for Australian Press Release

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Butterfly Care Homes

Over the last 21 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 and Australia.

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

To become a self directed 'My'Butterfly Care Home click here for more information

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Dementia Care Matters have a new home!!! Please click here for our new address details.

We are delighted to announce the launch on Wednesday 16th November 2016 of the Butterfly Household Model of Care Project at the Fairview Unit, Southwood Care Centre in Calgary, Canada. Please click here to view CTV media coverage of the event.

Appointment of New Director of Care - Dementia Care Matters: DCM are delighted to announce that Gwen Coleman, who has been a Consultant Trainer for the last three years, has now been appointed as Director of Care at Dementia Care Matters commencing November 2016.

David and Peter are pleased to be returning to work in Canada during November 2016 to launch our next Butterfly Care Home Project in Alberta, speaking at Conferences in Red Deer and Ontario, undertaking 4 Qualitative Observational Audits and 3 Leadership Matters Days.

New Training DVD - Dementia care matters in the Ambulance Service, launched November 2016: free copies available from DCM office.

Announcing in October 2016, the exciting appointment in Canada of our new National Director, Catarina Versaevel, DCM Canada.

Sussex Style magazine has published an article in their August 2016 issue, regarding the Butterfly Project currently ongoing at Hastings Court. Please click here for further reading.

Launch of the Revised Version 2 Butterfly Household Model of Care Checklist - June 2016.  To download a copy please click here.

David met on Thursday 21 April 2016 with the Deputy Premier / Minister of Health in Alberta to present the Butterfly Household Model and discussed with her the policy implications for Alberta - the Deputy Minister for Seniors on the same day attended David's presentation to families on the Butterfly Project at Whitemud - Lifestyle Options.


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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. 
Dr David Sheard   

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Wales / Cymru

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

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