July 17, 2017

Resources related to a relatively new approach to dementia care, explore the Butterfly effect!

For a new approach to dementia care, explore the Butterfly effect

Louise DeWolf is the Butterfly Model coordinator at Barunga Village, a retirement home and residential aged care provider in Port Broughton, a township 170 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, in South Australia.
Barunga Village has recently completed a 12-month pilot program for a type of dementia care called the Butterfly Model, originally formulated in 1995 by Dr David Sheard.
While dementia care has a history of being task orientated and institutionalised, DeWolf says the Butterfly Model sees a total transformation in the way people with dementia are cared for, with a focus on their emotions, and replicating home-like environments and everyday activities they enjoyed earlier in life.
“The most enjoyable changes to witness have been the increase in laughter and happiness within the people living in the Butterfly Home, and their meaningful engagements with their families and our staff,” DeWolf said. “Over the past year there has been a definite decrease in the number of falls and positive weight gain in the 16 people who live in the Butterfly House.”
I spoke with Louise DeWolf about this program and I warmly invite you to listen right here:
to borrow these just email nsw.library@dementia.org.au

Real culture change: the Butterfly Care Homes experience
In the lead-up to his Australian speaking tour in June, David Sheard outlines the butterfly Household Approach to achieving real culture change in dementia care homes, based on a model of emotional intelligence as the primary competency

Sheard's books and DVDs are  available for loan from the Library
Loving, the essence of being a butterfly in dementia care
This book focuses on changing cultures in dementia care homes offering a practical approach on how to increase connections with people living with a dementia. The book identifies what it takes to ensure the essence of living is at the heart of a care home. The metaphor of a ‘Butterfly’ is used to describe the way in which people can connect in a variety of ways throughout the day, bringing colour and being loving to ‘care’. Each essence of being a butterfly in dementia care is explained and includes a wide range of simple but effective ideas for transforming a care home.

Experiencing the truth in dementia care : Learn how to improve the quality of dementia care with a simple, easy to use method of observation
This DVD demonstrates the power of undertaking an observation within a care setting. It is a learning tool demonstrating why all staff should be given the opportunity to sit in a dementia care home lounge really seeing, hearing and feeling the lived experience of people.

This DVD focuses on ENABLING staff to be feeling based in dementia care. It comprises of a live dementia care workshop where David Sheard
Key Learning Messages

• Listening to the lived experience of people is what matters most

• Implementing together the three elements of group living, relaxed task orientation and being person centred is achievable

• Valuing quality of life moment by moment has to count in person centred dementia care

• Ensuring real qualitative observations occur regularly can transform future care

Making each day count : a guide to day care services for people with dementia
Alzheimer's Society
Essential information for anyone working in day care, providing  a hands-on guide to setting up new services and making the most of existing ones.  This book emphasises the importance of: careful and effective planning; feelings and emotions; understanding individuals; communication; daily activities.  It is packed with useful tips for managers and practical ideas for day care staff.

The 50 point action checklist
David Sheard - Dementia Care Matters
This Checklist is a rough guide to some of the key features in Inspiring Action in Person Centred Dementia Care.  The checklist can also be used to create discussion amongst team members on each other's understanding of the items.  The purpose of the Checklist is to focus on inspiring and improving culture change in dementia care.

Make a difference in dementia care training : resources that are effective, meaningful and fun!
The purpose of the manual is to provide a range of training materials to complement and add value to the trainer's own approaches and to help the trainer generate ideas.  All the material has been designed to be fun.  However, the learning points identified in the exercises keep trainers and participants focused on the key messages of dementia care training.

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