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/

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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