World first for Brampton, Ont. hospital acute care unit for dementia patients – GLOBAL

March 8, 2023

The transformation inside the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit at Brampton Civic Hospital is striking.

The walls are splashed with vibrant colours, while the doors to patients’ rooms are sheathed in decals that mimic the appearance of wooden doors and juliet balconies.

Last month, the William Osler Health System was accredited as the first acute care health system in the world to implement the The Butterfly Approach in a hospital setting.

The emotion-based, person-centred model of care for dementia patients was developed by U.K.-based consultancy Meaningful Care Matters, and has since been implemented in several long-term care homes there, as well as Australia and Canada.

“The details are everything,” said Patricia Geerlinks, the director of women’s, children’s and seniors’ programming. “A person who cannot cognitively recall because their memory is declining recalls on their emotional brain.”

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