Life is beautiful:
Memoirs of people living with dementia
Emotion-based care makes a big difference to an individual’s life.
Explore the lives, friendships, and special moments between people living with dementia and their caregivers within Peel Long Term Care (LTC), and the unique settings designed for dementia care.
People living with dementia can have fulfilling and engaging lives if they are provided with the right environments and supports. The Region of Peel has been a sector leader in transforming Long Term Care through an emotion-based care approach, following the Butterfly Household Model of Care©.
The “Butterfly Model” creates enriching, engaging environments for people living with dementia by recreating the look, sound, and feel of ‘home’ and by focusing on their unique life histories and interests. It addresses the holistic needs of the individual and enhances the quality of life for each person.
Photography credits: Mary Connell, John Spaulding, and the Davis Centre activation team.
It is vital to meet people with dementia where they are in their journey, and this is the biggest lesson I’ve learned from the Butterfly model at Peel LTC. The feeling of love doesn’t end because you have dementia, in fact, dementia brings people’s most authentic feelings to the forefront, and they are not afraid to express them. By providing kind and compassionate care, people living with dementia can lead their best and most engaging lives.
Husband of Laura Kupferschmidt, a resident at Peel LTC’s Sheridan Villa