I’m a dementia care consultant, trainer, and community designer at Dementia By Day, LLC. Check out my blog, Dementia By Day, my YouTube page, and add me on LinkedIn! 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

“My wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 5+ years ago and the last two plus years I have not left her alone. However, I recently made the decision to place her in a memory care community and she has only been there one week. Your book provided me with great information and helped me realize that I was making a wise decision. Also, our daughter is a geriatric physician, has recently read your book and has even mentioned it to the family members of some of her patients.” – Reader, Marc Rosenthal

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!

When Someone You Know Is Living in a Dementia Care Community

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.

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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.

Rachael Wonderlin (2017) photo by Alex Murphy
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Rachael Wonderlin (2018) photo by Renee Rabenold




News & Updates


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


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, VA

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

April 11th, 12th, 14th: Staff training at Vincentian De Marillac in Pittsburgh, PA

April 26th: Training staff at Concordia of Fox Chapel in PA

May 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th: Teaching online on Virtual Senior Workshop

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

May 17th: Speaking at Elmcroft Senior Living in PA



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I was thrilled to finally meet Rachael on her whirlwind speaking event at The Waters Senior Living Communities in White Bear Lake Minnesota. Rachael arrived at our community on the final leg of her tour with her positivity and genuine nature.
Our community learned about the stages of dementia and how to maneuver through difficult situations with grace and compassion. We are excited and honored to have Rachael as a resource and friend for life!

Heather Kerl, Executive Director at The Waters of White Bear Lake

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

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

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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.