Dementia Care Programs

Modelled on the specialized approaches developed in Scotland (“Elderflowers” program) and Montreal (Jovia’s “La Belle Visite” program) we combine theatre artistry with relational sensitivity to arrive at a uniquely engaging and effective way to enhance the lives of elders coping with Dementia.


  • humorous, charming and eccentric adult characters from an earlier era circulate in duo as friendly visitors
  • use of music from 1930’s – 1960’s
  • engagement of clients through alternate modes of expression and communication; gentle touch, movement, mirroring, gesture, dance, music & rhythm.
  • attention to emotionality and personhood underlying behaviour
  • support and celebration of the uniqueness of each individual; their competencies, their history,  their interests
  • being alive to the present moment
  • close attention to non-verbal cues, body language and expression



We work with people at all stages of their illness  and at all levels of functioning and cognition. Room to room visits allow bed-bound and lower-functioning elders to receive personalized programming. Hallway, common room, and activity room visits allow more active individuals to engage spontaneously and in community with others. The free-flowing and spontaneous nature of our interactions also allows for staff, visitors and carers to engage with us – and they do!

As soon as they come, everything changes. They always put me in a dancing mood!  – PCP , the Westbury LTC

The overall effect is transformational; a lighter, more relaxed atmosphere for all. We leave behind us a trail of love and laughter; a lighter sense of being that lingers even after we are gone. This ultimately has a positive trickle down effect on the overall quality of care given, and on the quality of life of the residents/clients.

 They make us feel alive, like we still have a lot to live for.  – Client of day program, St Clair West Services for Seniors