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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 

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

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 Projects 

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

For more information click below on the country

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

Latest News: 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.

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.

Person Centred Dementia Care, National Course, Calgary 2017. Dr David Sheard returns to Canada bringing this opportunity for a second time.  A twelve day course merging Person Centred Care and Culture Change focusing on achieving skills and culture change in care homes.  This leading edge course coming from the UK enables individual staff from a wide range of disciplines and care services to join a ground-breaking course which will transform people’s lives who are living and working together. To take advantage of our 'early bird booking discount' book your place before 30th April 2017. Details of the course venue and dates will be available shortly. For further course 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. 

Tuesday 11th April 2017 - Compassionate Care Day Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 117 Milltown Road, Shaws Bridge, BELFAST, BT8 7XP. For Social Work and Social Care Staff working with older people. David Sheard is one of the keynote speakers, along with Tommy Whitelaw, Carer and Dementia Campaigner, Christine Smyth, Director of NI Social Work Strategy, Department of Health and Dr Denise Tanner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Birmingham. Places are limited. To avoid disappointment, please book as soon as possible.  For further information, please email:, or by no later than Tuesday 28th March 2017.

Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Dementia Forward, 5th Anniversary Conference at Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate. The theme of the day is about demand versus resources and how we need to pull together. David Sheard is a Keynote Speaker and his presentation title is 'Show Me I Matter - It's Time For Culture Change'. Click here for further information.

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.

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.

Person Centred Dementia Care National Courses 2017. We will be running courses in Wales & London this year to commence in July (Wales) & September (London). For booking forms, course dates and further information please go to our University Learning page.

Training Skills Matter 2017. This years course will commence in September in Solihull. For booking forms, course dates and further information please go to our University Learning page.

Please click here to view the Summer Edition of the Barunga Village Lifestyle Newsletter. Barunga Village is one of three of our Butterfly Projects in Australia.

2017 - great to start the New Year now with 6 Butterfly Homes receiving the rating of ' Outstanding ' from CQC

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 Projects 

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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