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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
Care Personality of the Year – 16th UK National Care Awards

Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Surrey, UK

International Development 

July 2017- Butterfly Homes continue to spread in Alberta: David and Peter visit in July the six 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

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

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.

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 Project

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 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 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

Latest News:

USA 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

July 2017- Butterfly Homes continue to spread in Alberta: David and Peter visit in July the six 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

The Butterfly Community

We are really excited to be able to announce a new big moment for Dementia Care Matters. It’s called ‘The Butterfly Community’, and it’s a new way for us to create a global community of butterflies and reach more people than ever before. The Butterfly Community is an online membership group that will support care home owners and managers to create cultural change in dementia care with live webinars, tools and downloadable resources to guide you through every month. We’ve created it with Helen Sanderson, who has been pioneering person-centred practices and is a like-minded partner who we are thrilled to work with. We’ve created it because we know there are huge numbers of people out there who want to connect with us and learn together, and now we’ve got the tools to make it happen. We’ve also created it because we know that financial resources are tight these days, and we need to think about new ways of working that can make a big impact without putting more strain on homes. You can hear Helen and David talking about The Butterfly Community on our new website at

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.

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

For more information please click here

The Caterer Magazine: please see the link below regarding an article ‘How the Butterfly Model for emotion based care helps dementia patients’ published in the Caterer Magazine (1st April 2017) by editor Janet Harmer after attendance at the NACC Dementia Training Day, London (February 2017) & David’s presentation there. please 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.

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.

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 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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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 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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