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Butterfly Home Project

The Region of Peel is the first long term care provider in Ontario to create a Butterfly Home. Working together with Dementia Care Matters, we created a place that improves the well-being of the people living with dementia using innovative, person-centred approaches to meet their complex needs.

What do we mean by person-centred? It means doing more than just addressing clinical needs. It means connecting emotionally, which, due to dementia's impact on logic and memory, can be a powerful way to connect with people in a meaningful way. It means making the house truly feel like home, a place we could welcome family and friends. By meeting people's physical and emotional needs, we never forget they are complex, valuable, feeling beings. This, to us, is how we become person-centred.

Some changes we made:

  • Enabling staff to connect emotionally with people and building staff capacity to understand cognitive and functional abilities across the different stages of dementia
  • Creating a more relaxed home-like feel to the day with less task-orientation and more emphasis on people living and working in the home feeling relaxed
  • Redesigning the home to be more welcoming and intimate, and filling the household with the "stuff of life" so that people can connect with a variety of colours, textures and objects that reflect their past lives, work and hobbies

The home is now a place of engagement, interaction, family and comfort. This has allowed us to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications, increase social engagement, reduce falls and improve staff satisfaction.

Peel Regional Council has approved the creation of Butterfly Homes in the Region’s other long term care centres. We are currently engaged in Butterfly Projects at Malton Village and Sheridan Villa long-term care homes, that are expected to be completed in 2019.

We are currently developing an academic partnership to add additional rigour to our measurement of the model. More information will be posted once available.

Peel's Butterfly Home is located in Malton Village Long Term Care Centre.

Learn more about the Butterfly Household Model of Care.

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