MOOREHALL Lodge Ardee has been awarded the status of Ireland’s only accredited Butterfly Centre thanks to their unique work in the field of dementia care.
The award was made by Dementia Care Matters, who have been working with Moorehall Lodge for the past few years to develop the highest standards of care available in Ireland, tailored to the specific needs of people living with dementia and their families.
This specialist dementia care extends through the Moorehall living range of services at Drogheda and Drogheda Homecare.
Members of staff in Ardee were thrilled to accept the award, the culmination of a long journey over a number of years.
“In Moorehall Lodge Ardee, and Moorehall Lodge Drogheda, we provide specialist care to include activities for residents with dementia-related conditions,” said Director of Operations Sean McCoy.
“Our approach is to live in the moment, capturing the essence of that moment using visual triggers to stimulate recollections and to make emotional connections for that person.
“Our approach called the Butterfly Approach, is to ultimately improve the quality of that person’s life allowing them to live their life to the full.
“We cannot yet fix dementia as a condition but we can fix and improve how we provide care,” said Carol McLoughlin, Director of Care at Moorehall Lodge Ardee.
“Each day our teams use the approaches developed with Dementia Care Matters to improve the quality of life for people who live with us.
“Being natural in dementia care involves flitting between people, being still if needed, connecting, creating colour in a flurry of activity, ultimately changing that moment for somebody and improving the quality of their lives, just like a butterfly.”
Carol went on to say that we have been on this journey for a couple of years and feel that we offer a unique model of care for people with dementia. We are very proud of how our staff have stepped up to the challenge to change their approach to dementia care.”