I’m a dementia care consultant, trainer, and community designer at Dementia By Day, LLC. Check out my blog, Dementia By Day, and my YouTube page. I’m available for speaking engagements, consulting, book signings, one-on-one training, and more.

Community Consulting & Training

Are you an administrator or owner of a dementia care community? Are you looking for an affordable and effective way to make your community more dementia-friendly? Perhaps you’re looking for a way to train your staff in dementia care? You’ve come to the right place.

I am CEU-Certified! I can provide 2 hours of CEUs to Personal Care Home Administrators and Social Workers/Family Therapists/Counselors in PA!

Here is a link to Designing for Dementia, where I collaborate with interior designer and friend, Amanda Nowak.

Places I’ve worked with include:

HCR ManorCare North Hills (Pittsburgh, PA) / HCR ManorCare Shadyside (Pittsburgh, PA) / Sundance Memory Care (Austin, TX) / Senior Services of America (Bridgeville, PA) / Brookdale Burlington (Burlington, NC) / Redstone Highlands (North Huntingdon, PA) / Blue Harbor (Pittsburgh, PA) / Rochester Presbyterian Homes (Rochester, NY) / Benton House of Clermont & Oakleaf (Florida) / Vincentian De Marillac (Pittsburgh, PA) / HCR ManorCare Shadyside (Pittsburgh, PA) / Alabama Association on Aging (Birmingham, AL) / Home Instead Senior Care of Bethel Park (Pittsburgh, PA) / Arc Human Services (Beaver, PA) / Arbor Terrace Ortega (Jacksonville, FL) / The Waters (Minneapolis, MN)

What I’ll bring you:

  1. A plan. Email me at rachael@dementiabyday.com and we can set up a time to talk on the phone. We will discuss what you want for your community, your budget, and your time constraints. Do you want a total revamp of your community’s look, or do you solely want training for your staff? Would you like someone to host a support group for your residents’ families?
  2. Solutions that work within your budget. Do you have $2,000 to work with? $20,000? Whatever your number is, I will make it work. Bear in mind, of course, that the bigger the budget, the easier it is for me to redesign your community.
  3. A beautiful, interactive redesign for your community. I come with a lot of ideas, but I also want to hear your thoughts! Let’s make your community one that allows your residents to create, interact, and live in a world that they love and feel comfortable in.
  4. Training for your staff. I am not going to come by and hand out booklets. Instead, I want to talk to them, tell them about my experiences in dementia care, and ask them about their experiences. I am hands-on when it comes to training staff.
  5. Training for your families. Your residents’ family members tend to get left out of the training sessions, but not with me.



The Book

Buy my book “When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community” from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, JHU Press, or get it in stores! I am currently working on a second book for JHU Press, which will be about activities and engagement in dementia care.

When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community

“A thorough, informative, and detailed discussion.”

– Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, coauthor of The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss

Dementia Hotline


Have questions about dementia care that would be better answered by phone?

Want to talk to an expert about behaviors you’re seeing with your loved one? Thinking about moving your loved one into long-term care, but you just aren’t sure if it’s the best thing to do or not?

Call me!

I will help you troubleshoot the challenges you are experiencing with your loved one’s care. Calls last up to one hour and cost $50

You do not need PayPal to use the following link.

Step One: Pay HERE

Step Two: Email rachael@dementiabyday.com to set up a time to talk!

Step Three: I call you at our scheduled time and then send you a follow-up email with details from our call.

Continue reading “Dementia Hotline”

About & Contact

Subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos and information!

I have a Master’s in Gerontology from UNC Greensboro and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington. I’ve been working, interning, and volunteering in long-term care environments since 2005. Dementia care is my passion, and I’m always looking for new ways to connect with caregivers. My book on dementia care is the only book on the market about moving someone to a care community. It came out in November 2016 with Johns Hopkins University Press.

I’m available for consulting work, tips, advice, or just a chat on the phone. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, but I travel all over the country for speaking engagements and workshops!

Email me at rachael@dementiabyday.com for more information.

(2017) Photo by Alex Murphy
(2017) Photo by Renee Rabenold




News & Updates


Teaching ongoing Osher Lifelong Learning classes at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in 2018

January 12th: Training new nurses at Washington Nursing School in Washington, PA

January 28th: Speaking at Unitarian Church in Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA

February 6th: Consulting/speaking at Transitions Healthcare in Washington, PA

February 12th-16th: Consulting/speaking at The Waters communities in Minneapolis, MN

February 17th: Agreeing to Remember Dementia/Improv Workshop!

February 21st: Speaking at Kane Ross Regional Center in Pittsburgh, PA

February 23rd: Speaking at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, PA

March 15th: CEU event with Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA

May 15th: Keynote address at the annual Julian Gray Elder Law Conference in PA



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As one of the first board-certified geriatricians in the United States thirty years ago, I would like to enthusiastically affirm the wise and practical utility of Rachael Wonderlin’s approach to the common problem of how to ease the distress and mitigate the behavioral difficulties so commonly seen among those who suffer from the dementias. In the process, Rachael also eases the distress of those who care for and about them.

Dr. Barry Farkas, Geriatrician

Thank you for a very interesting in-service today. The comments from staff that I have heard are all positive – and I know I learned a few things, too! I very much appreciate your willingness to help educate our staff!

Amy H., Washington County Health Center

Rachael was very knowledgeable and interactive with our team during her training.   She presented a thorough understanding of Dementia as a whole and used numerous real life examples that kept everyone engaged. She most importantly gave the team a list of recommendations as to how we can create a world for our consumer to live a safe and meaningful life!

Nicole Foust, Arc Human Services

Rachael is someone I reach out to on a regular basis with questions about anything dementia-related. She is an amazing resource, and is so excited about what she does! I admire her passion for educating people about dementia, and for providing programming that will give dementia residents purpose and inspiration.

Amanda Nowak, The Simple Home Interior Design

Rachael’s knowledge and enthusiasm is evident during her presentation.  Employees were kept engaged and felt it was one of the best inservices all year.

Jennifer Pruett, NHA, Administrator, Vincentian de Marillac

Rachael did an outstanding job redesigning the unit. Our residents took to the changes immediately, and their families are more than pleased to see that we were able to refresh the area with their loved one’s best interest in mind. She was easy to work with, offered value-added feedback, and truly came across as passionate and knowledgeable about the patient population. ManorCare Health Center – North Hills would gladly recommend Rachael to any facility or agency that could benefit from her expertise in this area.

Lauren Solosky, Human Resources Director at HCR ManorCare

I am so thrilled with all of the work you did in the Arcadia unit. This was above and beyond all of my expectations.

Beth Runser, Administrator at HCR ManorCare North Hills

Rachael started helping me in September 2016 and was with me, at my mother’s bedside, at the moment she died, March 1st. I cannot thank Rachael enough and can give her the highest recommendation. And, if you’re dealing with dementia, by all means get her book. It’s easy to read and contains information that you will absolutely need.

Ed Petrisek, caregiver

I must tell you I was a bit hesitant to take your class as I have been spending so much time figuring our how to deal with my mom that I thought taking a few classes would be a nice “break” (so I guess it’s obvious why I wouldn’t want to take a class on the very subject I’m trying to have a break from!) But I am SO GLAD I did! You are an excellent teacher for this class, I would highly recommend it to anyone!

Dianne, caregiver in OSHER Lifelong Learning Series at Carnegie Mellon

Rachael was a great guest speaker at SWBR Architects’ Person Directed Care Roundtable focused on dementia care and environments. Rachael is very well spoken, knowledgeable, and passionate about her experiences in dementia care. She created a positive atmosphere about those with dementia and their care partners and left attendees with ideas to implement in their homes.

Rob Simonetti, Design Director at SWBR Architects

Rachael was such an amazing speaker, teacher, and encourager while she visited our Sundance Memory Care communities in Texas. Her knowledge on dementia and how to truly understand and embrace the perspective of each and every family and resident was exceptional. I highly recommend her to speak, lead, and consult at any level for dementia care.

Matt Stanley, CEO and Founder of Sundance Memory Care

Rachael really cared about her residents and created numerous Life Skills Stations in her Clare Bridge (dementia care) neighborhood. She developed a well-grounded calendar each month that incorporated the social, creative, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each of her residents. Rachael was a strong advocate of maintaining resident rights and dignity and excelled at on the spot coaching with her staff and other managers.

Amy Conoly, National Director at Golden Living

Rachael has the greatest enthusiasm for the aging field that I have ever encountered. Her desire to learn about aging issues as well as to educate others about the growing aging population is demonstrated regularly through her innovative ideas and strong work ethic, both academically and professionally.

Maggie Kern, Budget Specialist with UNC Healthcare

Rachael Wonderlin is an excellent speaker!  I invite her to present to my classes whenever I teach Psychology of Aging, and students always cite her talk as a highpoint of the semester.  Along with being entertaining and fun, Rachael provides a wealth of information on both careers in Gerontology and in cutting edge dementia care.

Dr. Rebecca Adams, Professor at University of Mary Washington

Thank you so much for calling me. I feel so much better about moving mom into a community now. You gave me the confidence I needed to make a big change.

A caller from my hotline

I feel so much better after talking to you! I feel guilty a lot of the time, but it was great to feel like someone was in my corner. Thank you.

A caller from my hotline

Agreeing to Remember

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I love improv comedy, and, as it turns out, positive dementia care techniques and improv comedy techniques have a lot in common! A fellow improvisor and I have started “Agreeing to Remember” to teach caregivers positive dementia care techniques through improv lessons. Learn more here.