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Emotion-based care

Our approach to dementia care at Peel Long Term Care.

Currently, 66% of people living in Peel’s Long Term Care home have dementia. To support the growing number of people living with dementia, Peel Region’s Long Term Care Centres balance the clinical and emotional needs of the people in our care.

Our homes were among the first in Ontario to adopt the Butterfly Approach, an emotion-based model of care, through collaboration with Meaningful Care Matters.  The Butterfly Approach was first implemented at Malton Village, and has since expanded to all 5 Peel Region Term Care Centres and  Adult Day Services.

Our emotion-based model for dementia care uses innovative, person-centre approaches to meet the complex care needs of people living with dementia. Our journey to implement emotion-based care continues to evolve as we create more home-like spaces, and as we look for new ways to support our team members and care partners with strategies to improve the well-being of people living with dementia.

Benefits of emotion-based care:

We support and sustain this by connecting through residents’ individual lived experiences. We know that people living in long-term care thrive when we recreate past experiences, support hobbies, and create spaces that look, sound, and feel familiar.

Implementing person-centred care models using emotion-based approaches has positive outcomes for people living and working in long-term care homes. It also impacts families’ feelings of hope and trust in their loved ones’ care. As a result of the success we’ve seen, we will be spreading the approach throughout all our long term care home areas.

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