Ontario's First Butterfly Home for People Living with Dementia
See how Peel Long Term Care created a place that meets the needs of people living with dementia.
Over the past year, we transformed one home area at Malton Village Long Term Care Centre into a Butterfly Home, the first in Ontario.
Butterfly Homes are places that meet the needs of people living with dementia; not only their physical needs, but their emotional needs for connection, affection and the feeling of being valued.
We transformed both the physical space and way we care for people. The home is colourful, home-like and filled with things that reflect those who live there. Staff take the time to get to know the people in their care and take every chance to meaningfully engage with them.
Watch the transformation and hear from staff and families of the people living in the home about their experience.
The results have been amazing. Several people who had lost their ability to communicate have spoken again. People who once endlessly paced the corridors are now continually involved in meaningful activity. Antipsychotic drugs are used less often. People who once became aggressive due to unmet needs are now calm and participate in the household. All of this is made possible by incredible staff who have been enabled to know and understand the people living there, and give them the love, connection and activity we, as people, all need.
The home is now a place of laughter, interaction, conversation and love. It is a home, and the people who live and work there, family.
On May 10, Peel Regional Council approved a plan to create additional Butterfly Homes at each of the Region's five long term care centres over the next three years. We will also share our experience with regulators and other long term care providers to advocate for more support for people living with dementia.
Butterfly is one way we are promoting Community for Life, by providing people living with dementia with a place that meets their needs, and is truly, home.
To learn more about our Butterfly Home visit peelregion.ca/ltc/butterfly-home/