Culture Change in Dementia Care:

'An Emotional Journey'

Toronto – 2nd – 5th April 2019

Edmonton – 9th – 12th April 2019

Vancouver – 23rd – 26th April 2019 

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"Powerful seniors’ groups lobby for emotion-focused care in nursing homes"

Click here to read Toronto Star reporter Moira Welsh's follow-up article to "The Fix"

“The Fix” – Dementia Care Matters on the front page of the Toronto Star, Canada

Toronto Star reporter Moira Welsh followed the transformation of the Redstone household at Malton Village's long-term care home for more than a year.

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Dementia sets lives adrift. Research is finding a better way forward - click here for the article 

Westman Village - Butterfly Care Homes at Journey Club Senior's Rentals - click here for the article 

Click here to read an Independent Research published on the Butterfly Model in Canada

Pilot delivers dementia care that feels like home | CMAJ News - click here for the article 

New Pilot that brings humanity to those suffering with Dementia -ON Point with Alex Pierson -  

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'Butterfly' homes for dementia patients swap the drab for the decorative |CTV 

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Embracing  Emotional Needs of Dementia Patients - CTV News

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Butterfly Care Homes spreading Culture Change across Canada 


" There is a strong emerging realisation amongst the care community in Canada that culture change in dementia care, supportive living and continuing care homes is really needed. On a number of visits to Canada I have been warmly received by people ready to lead on this who believe the time for this is now. Following transferring the UK Butterfly Model to Ireland I am honoured to respond to the many requests to bring this approach to Canada and we all in Dementia Care Matters look forward to promoting and learning together what matters most in dementia care in Canada " Dr David Sheard

BCCPA (British Columbia Care Providers Association)

Dr David Sheard - Keynote:Care to Chat: The Butterfly Household Model is a Culture Change Movement - Butterflies are spreading in Canada 

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Summer 2017 Newsletter - read about Renate Sainsbury, the inspirational, visionary Leader in implementing the Dementia Care Matters 'Buttefly Approach' at Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities at the Leduc site click here 

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

Read a short article from Susan Macaulay "painful care partner choices: love or loss (or sometimes both)?" Click 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

Residential Care Refresher, Okanagan, BC - 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

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. You can watch David Sheards presentation here

Read the latest article from the Launch on Thursday 30th March 2017 here


Please click here to view The Vital Beat Newsletter, January 2017 containing an article about Villa Marie, Covenant Care, Red Deer, Alberta.

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.

BC Care Providers Association interview in June 2016, with Dr David Sheard following his workshop 'Learning to be a Butterfly in Alberta: The Three Butterfly Household Model of Care Projects'. Please click here to view.

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Announcing the exciting appointment in Canada of our new National Director - DCM Canada.  

David comments: “Building on the success of the first Butterfly Projects in Alberta, it felt the time was right to establish a Canada base to continue our culture change movement in dementia care across Canada.” Press Release click here

Butterfly Household Model & Presention to families on the Butterfly Projects at Whitemud, Alberta 2016

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

Person Centred Dementia Care, National Course Comes to Alberta in 2016

Dr David Sheard and Peter Priednieks from Dementia Care Matters in the UK launched their first ever Culture Change 12 Module course in Alberta in April 2016 - please see the course flyer click here

Details of the next Culture Change Course in Alberta in 2017 will be available shortly - to register your interest please e mail

Culture Change - The Butterfly Approach in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia Phase 2 - Expressions of Interest

We are now planning our schedule of work for 2017 and wish to formally invite expressions of interest to become a Butterfly Care Home Project in the second phase within Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia.

Expressions of Interest should be forwarded as an email to :

If you require any further information before submitting a formal Expression of Interest please do not hesitate to contact.

With every good wish


David Sheard (Dr)

CEO / Founder, Dementia Care Matters.

Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Surrey.

Care Personality of the Year, 16th UK National Care Awards.

TV Series Consultant - Dementiaville, Channel 4.


Seeking Butterfly Care Home Projects in Canada

To find out how to register your interest in becoming a Butterfly Care Home in Canada click here

Dementia Care Matters were proud in 2015 to Launch the first three Butterfly Projects in Alberta, Canada

Copper Sky Lodge in Spruce Grove Alberta, managed by Choices in Community Living is the first care home in Canada to commence this culture change programme in July 2015.

"Working with Dementia Care Matters is exciting for us because we believe that real culture change is on the horizon for Alberta, and that people are now looking for inspirational care beyond traditional long-term care.  Embarking on this journey to become a Butterfly Care home, means that we believe we can enrich the lives of our residents and enthuse our caregivers to become that inspiration."

By: Nicole Gaudet, Vice President Choices in Community Living

Read an Article from Copper Sky Lodge click here

Whitemud in Edmonton providing Enhanced Supportive Living by Lifestyle Options becomes the second care home in Alberta to commence a Butterfly Care Home Project also in July 2015.

"Speaking to the audience last October 2014 in his speaking tour in Canada, Dr. Sheard set out a philosophy that “feelings matter most” and a core belief that people living with a dementia are more feeling beings than thinking beings.  David’s talk moved a lot of people in the audience. I was one of those people who was moved with tears.  If one looked at our stats, it shows that people living with Dementia is on the rise. What’s even more concerning is, as a community, we have a quite a long way to go in the way we approach Dementia Care.  I knew I just had to do something. Right after seeing David speak twice, it was never the same.  I remembered speaking to Jennifer Chan, (Director of Care) and the rest of the team stating, “We have to have this change. It’s the right thing to do.”  After several back and forth discussions, it progressed to the birth of Butterfly Homes at Lifestyle Options Retirement Community, and the rest was history."           

By Renate K. Sainsbury, General Manager of Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities

Read the latest article from Whitemud click here

Read Articles from Whitemud click here & click here

Read an article from Lifestyle Options written by Louise Schutte click here

Villa Marie, Convenant Care - Red Deer launched as the 3rd Butterfly Project in November 2015

Read an article from Convenant Care - Villa Marie 17th December 2015 Click here

These three homes form Phase one in Dementia Care Matters development programme in Canada

David Sheards Speaking Engagements - Canada Presence 2016

Monday 25th April 2016

OANHSS Convention 2016 - Pre Convention Workshop

Sheraton Centre Toronto

Dr David Sheard - Dementiaville

“Emotional Memory Matters: Changing the Culture of Dementia Care”

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Tuesday 26th April 2016

OANHSS Convention 2016 - Concurrent Session                                        

Sheraton Centre Toronto

Dr David Sheard - Dementiaville

“Designing for Compassionate Dementia Care:  Merging Culture with the Built Environment”

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Friday 29th April 2016

CLPNA Conference (College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta)

Delta Edmonton South

Dr David Sheard - Keynote: Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work in Caring, the Future Role of LPNs & Joint Workshop Valuing Relationships, LPNs Being Authentic Selves at Work

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Thursday 26th May 2016

Seniors Health Conference - Alberta Health Services, South Zone

University of Lethbridge, 4401, Alberta T1K 6T5, Canada

Dementia Care can be so different: achieving the Top 20 "Butterfly" ingredients

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Friday 27th May 2016

Seniors Health Conference - Alberta Health Services, South Zone

University of Lethbridge, 4401, Alberta T1K 6T5, Canada

"Searching for Closeness-Why Feelings Matter Most in Dementia Care"

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Monday 30th May 2016

BCCPA Annual Conference - (BC Care Providers Association)

Faimont Chateau Whistler Resort in Whistler, B.C. Vancouver, Canada

"Learning how to be a Butterfly in Alberta - The Three Butterfly Household Model of Care Projects"

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Tuesday 31st May 2016

BCCPA Annual Conference ( BC Care Providers Association)

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort in Whistler, B.C. Vancouver, Canada

"The Butterfly Effect: Changing Dementia Care in Canada"

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Dementia Care Matters looks forward to working  in the second phase within Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia.

To read about 'The Butterfly Home® Pilot Project' – Breaking Down Barriers  click here 

Read Dr David Sheards latest article published in CARE Magazine Fall 2015 (Vol 29 Issue 3) (released Sept 23/15) Click here

Read David Sheard latest published article in Alberta Registered Nurses Magazine click here

To read two articles published in the Canadian Nursing Journal on The Butterfly Model of Care written by Bernadette de Santis Communications Manager at Capital Care click here & click here

To see Dr David Sheard speaking on Global News click here



Watch Dr David Sheard launch a new model of care for dementia facilities in Edmonton on Global News Canada