This is the BEST book I have read about dementia. I’ve read a lot of books on this topic, but this is absolutely the best one. It’s so real and true. Rachael really gets to the heart of dementia caregiving.
Kim Salvio, Baptist Homes
There is something for everyone in her workshop, regardless of how much or little experience you have working with dementia. Rachael interacts with the class and makes the learning experience enjoyable. We are looking forward to a continued partnership with Rachael and appreciate the knowledge she is sharing with us all.
Holly and Dave, BrightStar Home Care
This workshop was absolutely fantastic! It was in one of the best I’ve attended throughout my many years in healthcare. Rachael did an awesome job providing invaluable information and tools to assist us both professionally and personally. I appreciated her comprehensive approach with visual tools along with staff interaction and participation to further illustrate the subject. Her generosity with both her time and knowledge in allowing us to ask questions was extremely useful. I learned a great deal from her in how to work with clients and families facing the challenges of dementia with her practical suggestions and recommendations.
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 was so thrilled with all of the work she did in the Arcadia memory care 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
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