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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"Nursing homes could get big benefit from emotion-focused care models, says new report commissioned by Toronto"
Click here to read Toronto Star reporter Moira Welsh's new article on our Butterfly Model


"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.
click here for the video clip  

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 - Omny.fm   click here for the video clip 
'Butterfly' homes for dementia patients swap the drab for the decorative |CTV click here for the article
Embracing  Emotional Needs of Dementia Patients - CTV News Click here to view


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)
David Sheard was the Keynote Speaker at Care to Chat in November 2017. For more information click here

Dementia care facility feels like home - click here

Listen to Lifestyle Options' Renate Sainsbury's interview on Caregiver SOS weekly radio show here

Click here to read a short article from Susan Macaulay - "Painful care partner choices: love or loss (or sometimes both)?"

Residential Care Refresher, Okanagan, BC - 17th & 18th November 2017
David Sheard was the Key Note Speaker at the Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice, Interior Health and UBC CPD conference for healthcare providers involved in long-term residential care. For further information please click here

Malton Village
On 30th March 2017
we launched the Butterfly Household Model of Care Project at Malton Village Long Term Care Centre, Region of Peel, Ontario, Canada. You can watch David Sheard's presentation to the Region of Peel Council here and read the article from the launch in the Brampton Guardian here

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


On 16th November 2016 we launched the Butterfly Household Model of Care Project at the Fairview Unit, Southwood Care Centre in Calgary, Canada. Click here to view CTV media coverage of the event.

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

Click here to play an extract from the CJOC radio clip

DCM announced the exciting appointment in Canada of our new National Director. 
David commented: “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.” Click here for the press release

Butterfly Household Model & Presentation to families on the Butterfly Projects at Whitemud, Alberta
On 21st April, David met 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

David Sheard's Speaking Engagements in Canada - April & May 2016

Monday 25th April 2016
OANHSS Convention 2016 - Pre Convention Workshop
Sheraton Centre Toronto
“Emotional Memory Matters: Changing the Culture of Dementia Care”

Tuesday 26th April 2016
OANHSS Convention 2016 - Concurrent Session                                        

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

Friday 29th April 2016
CLPNA Conference (College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta)
Delta Edmonton South
Keynote: Nurturing: Our Emotions at Work in Caring, the Future Role of LPNs & Joint Workshop Valuing Relationships, LPNs Being Authentic Selves at Work

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

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"

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"

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"


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, was 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." Nicole Gaudet, Vice President Choices in Community Living

"Changing the Culture of Care" - Article from Copper Sky Lodge click here

Whitemud in Edmonton, providing Enhanced Supportive Living by Lifestyle Options, became 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." 
Renate Sainsbury, General Manager of Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities

Articles from Whitemud
"Dementia Transformed"
"Peace of Mind"
"Dementia Metamorphosis"

Article from Lifestyle Options: "Breaking Down the Barriers"

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 here

Read Dr David Sheard's article published in CARE Magazine Fall 2015 here

Read an article published in the Canadian Nursing Journal on The Butterfly Model of Care, written by Bernadette de Santis, Communications Manager at Capital Care, 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