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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:

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One comment

  1. These models of care are indeed wonderful and often do work in the trial period especially if the trial period is funded. Extra staff and time spent with the residents will always provide a positive outcome.
    It is the sustainability of these models that appears to be problematic when the funding stops.
    Given that many RACF are private cuts will be made to staff and then these models will fail .