I had been the sole caregiver for my wife who was well into dementia. I responded to the invitation Rachael made in her blog – a very low cost for promised answers to reasonable questions about how one could/should proceed with and accept a fitting solution to a dementia problem. My takeaway is that Rachael didn’t care about the money, she immediately cared about me. She convincingly assured me that putting my wife in compatible, professional care would be the best thing to do, and would result in better care both for her and for me. She was right! A communication from Rachael is like a hug with a pat on the back.
Everett A. Emerson, a long-time blog reader
Rachael’s training program is excellent! Our care staff loved this training and remained totally engaged throughout the whole week. We are now better prepared to give our residents the care and understanding they need and to support our resident families with confidence. She also helped us with our engagement activities, and daily activity calendars. We are now “Dementia By Day” Certified! We will definitely have her back for further training! Thank you Rachael!
Tracy Sneed, Owner of Remember Me Senior Care
We are very impressed by Rachael’s depth of hands-on experience addressing dementia at all stages. Having worked hands-on with hundreds of residents at home and in care communities, she teaches by anecdote, and her insights have energized our team and our residents’ families to make meaningful connections with people who have dementia.
Todd Pang, Owner of Caring Manoa Assisted Living
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
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.
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