Australia’s new revolutionary dementia care model, The Butterfly Household Model of Care, is enhancing the quality of life for those living with dementia. The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health saw this revolutionary care model first-hand at The Salvation Army Mountain View Aged Care Plus Centre at Narrabundah.

Aged Care Plus Acting CEO Carel Bothma said the Minister’s visit marked an incredible milestone, and was an great opportunity to showcase the high quality level of care that is provided to older Australians living with Dementia.

“The Butterfly Household Model of Care has seen significant success within our two pilot Centres, one being here at Mountain View. It was an absolute honour to walk Minister Wyatt through our Centre, and to show him the difference it’s made to the lives of the people we care for, as well as and the level of high quality care they are receiving.”

The ‘Butterfly Household Care Model’ was originally pioneered in the UK by Dementia Care Matters and shifts from a task-focused institutional approach to a transformative model guided by each resident’s interests, feelings and emotions. The first three months of implementation saw the reorganisation of residents living with dementia so that they are now living with those experiencing the same level of dementia as them. A no uniform policy was also been introduced, with employees now wearing every day wear to work. These small changes are generating reports of increased resident morale and an enhanced sense of inclusion.

Aged Care Plus was the first Australian provider to launch this model of care in July 2016, and since launching this model at two Centres has seen the quality of life, health and wellbeing for residents living with dementia significantly improve. During this time, Aged Care Plus developed a close working relationship with the UK based Dementia Care Matters and subsequently acquired the company in January 2018.

This acquisition forms part of Aged Care Plus’ commitment to Sustainable Growth and Best Care, and will see the organisation improve outcomes for older people living with dementia in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and the USA.