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Park Springs Health Services Opens Georgia's First, Fully Executed Household Model In Continuing Care Retirement Living

Park Springs Health Services
Posted on: 19 Aug 17

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Isakson Living announces the opening of Park Springs Health Services (PSHS), featuring Georgia's first-ever, built-to-suit household model. Starting in August, the full-service healthcare facility will launch the nation's first "Dementia Care Matters (DCM) Butterfly Household Model of Care".

"For nearly 15 years we've been working diligently to improve the model of care for the aging population," said Andy Isakson, managing partner of Isakson Living. "We're breaking the mold in Georgia with our household model and changing the narrative nationally with our relationship with DCM."

DCM, a United Kingdom-based Culture Change organization, is disrupting the way facilities care for people living with dementia by focusing on an emotion-based approach. The Butterfly Household Model of Care emphasizes the importance of a nurturing and supportive staff, enables a better quality of life and inspires leadership, achieving real outcomes and continued growth.

"Feelings really matter most in dementia care. People experiencing dementia become more feeling than thinking beings. Therefore, requiring heightened emotional care first - all we have is now," said David Sheard, CEO and founder of DCM and director of The Butterfly Community. "After pioneering this in four other countries it is exciting to be arriving into the U.S., launching our first Butterfly Home and developing this special relationship with Isakson Living."

The Butterfly Household Model of Care is a year-long initiative that focuses on a person-centered approach and three main objectives: encouraging care-givers to grow their emotional intelligence, connecting and interpreting a person's feelings and ensuring the daily life of a member is a positive experience. Action based learning teams will develop and implement the necessary skills to follow the model. These objectives align perfectly with Isakson Living's mission and focus on person-centered care.

PSHS offers unparalleled opportunities for its members with multiple levels of healthcare. Located within the Park Springs community, PSHS promotes the person-centered approach to healthcare with the household model. This model features six different households, focused on skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care and long-term care. Communal living spaces give members the opportunity to interact and socialize with one another and family. PSHS differs from that of a typical retirement community in that the member experience is based on members' individualized schedule and personal needs. For more information, please visit

DCM is a UK based multi-award winning, world leader in culture change and as an organization is passionate about enhancing quality of life for people living with a dementia. Based on the philosophy of 'Feelings Matter Most,' DCM places importance on the value of emotional intelligence, inspiring leadership, domestic household living, and the core belief that everyone living with a dementia can be reached as a whole person.  Butterfly Household Model of Care has been evolving over the last 22 years and there are now Butterfly Care Homes across the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and set to begin in the USA in July 2017. In addition, The Butterfly Community exists as a global online membership site offering monthly webinars, practice development and opportunities to share learning across the community. For more information, please visit

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 19/08/2017

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