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!
Here is a link to Designing for Dementia, where you can view some of my work and details about why and how each design was created.
Places I’ve worked with include:
HCR ManorCare North Hills (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 / Arc Human Services (Beaver, PA)
What I’ll bring you:
- A plan. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Training for your families. Your residents’ family members tend to get left out of the training sessions, but not with me.
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! Major retailers, like Barnes & Noble, have it on their shelves starting November 1st, 2016.
“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
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?
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
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Step One: Pay HERE
Step Two: Email email@example.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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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. You can check out some of my design work below. I love creating new dementia care Interactive Stations for care communities.
I’m available for consulting work, tips, advice, or just a chat on the phone.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Teaching Osher Lifelong Learning classes at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University through October
September 21st: Keynote address at Arbor Terrace of Ortega in Jacksonville, FL
September 26th: Keynote address at Alabama Assisted Living Association in Birmingham, AL
September 27th: Embracing Their Reality CEU with UPMC, Artis Senior Living, Preferred Home Care in Pittsburgh, PA
October 4th: Home Instead Senior Care / ManorCare Author Talk in Pittsburgh, PA
October 10th: Author talk at Providence Point in Pittsburgh, PA
October 26th: Speaking event at Elmcroft of Chippewa in Beaver Falls, PA
November 10th: Speaking at Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Conference in Pittsburgh
November 10th: Speaking at Sunrise Senior Living McCandless, McCandless, PA
November 28th: CEU event with Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh
May 15th: Julian Gray Elder Law Conference speaker
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
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.