Welcome to Dementia Care Matters

We are a leading international dementia care culture change organisation based in the UK, Canada and Australia. 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.

Peter Bewert


David Sheard


Care Personality of the Year – 16th UK National Care Awards
Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Surrey, UK

 Dementia Care Matters is proud that Wren Hall in Nottingham, one of our Butterfly Homes, was featured in a BBC2 documentary on Easter Sunday at 9pm - Click here to be part of the adventure!

  The Butterfly Community - join our new membership programme today!

David Sheard interviewed by Steve Paikin for The Agenda in Canada - watch here

One-Day Courses available - click here to find out more

Apparent Misrepresentation by multiple media outlets on implementation of The Butterfly Model of Care  click here

Media Statement in response to CBC News article  click here

Watch the Toronto Star report "The Fix" here 


Latest News UK: 

All Care Matters Dementia Care Matters and Huntington House pioneer an alternative to traditional nursing home life - click here to read the press release 

Outstanding Butterfly Homes

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

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

The Wayback

A Virtual Reality film designed by The Wayback team, to help people with Alzheimer's, successfully funded through a Kickstarter donation campaign and with the backing of David Sheard. Click here for more information.

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Butterfly Care Homes

Over the last 23 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:

July 2018 - DCM is currently developing internationally, with new teams established in Canada and Australia

New DCM Butterfly Projects 2017 - DCM was delighted to announce that Drogheda - Moorehall Lodge - Ireland and Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre  - Australia have joined the Dementia Care Matters Project Homes



August 2018 - Congratulations to Pebblebrook at Park Springs, Stone Mountain, GA, for receiving a Level 1 Accreditation and becoming the first Butterfly Home in the USA

Country's First 'Butterfly' Dementia Care Facility Opened in 2017 - The senior living community near Atlanta will offer emotion-based care. Read the Article by Jennifer Goodman here

August 2017 - USA huge launch of the 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 was excited to have launched its 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 here

October 2017 - Dementia Care Matters was 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 to 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. 


Making Moments Matter: 'Butterfly model sees positive results'. To read an 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 click here

January 2017 Daren Felgate, a Senior Consultant with DCM, travelled 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 was 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 announced a brand new conference for healthcare providers involved in long-term residential care, of which David Sheard was the Keynote Speaker. The conference took place at the Sparkling Hills Resort, Vernon, BC on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November 2017. For further information 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 visited 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 + 44 (0) 1273 242335 or email us admin@dementiacarematters.com

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

We were 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. For more information  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 launched this new Butterfly Project on Monday 19th June 2017.

For more information click here

Dr David Sheard returned to Ireland, spreading butterflies in dementia care at Moorehall Lodge Droheda

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

For more information on our international work, please click on the countries below

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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 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

our customers say it best:
  • 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