Here's what you get:

1 full year of dementia education access for your entire company

The option for Dementia By Day staff pins for those who complete the training

5 hours of dementia training for each individual who goes through the program

Live, monthly Dementia Detective coaching calls with me directly (another 6 hours)

Individual certificates for team members when they complete the coursework

Quizzes for team members to ensure that they grasp the challenging concepts

What if dementia education was fun?

The one thing that I continue running into while working with senior living organizations is this: although they all have different needs and programs, they ALL need staff training. Why not make it fun, applicable and enjoyable all at once?

Welcome to Dementia By Day School


Are you tired of cramming a bunch of training DVDs and Alzheimer Association talks together to make up the entirety of your state-mandated training hours?

Some communities I talk to turned to Relias for their online dementia training, but find it lacking in scope. Others show their staff a selection of DVDs from the early 2000s. Still others build their own trainings in Powerpoint or on their bulky, confusing HR platforms...and then realize that these fun-bereft slideshows don't get the job done.

So, I started thinking, "What if we...tried something different?"

Hi, I’m Rachael Wonderlin

And I think the old way we teach dementia care is outdated! Isn't it time we ACTUALLY had an online platform where your staff could learn on their own time? You know, instead of being shuttled through a 2-hour dementia care course the first time they walk through your door?

I have a Master's in Gerontology and am the author of 3(!) books with Johns Hopkins University Press. At my consulting agency, Dementia By Day, I work with senior living companies who want to up their dementia care game. I'd love to help you do exactly that.

Let's change the way we teach dementia care.

My program is $15,000 for the year or 12 monthly payments of $1,500—for a full organization. How much money have your individual buildings spent cobbling together half-baked trainings? Probably a lot more than that.

Cardinal Senior Management and Elysian Senior Homes are currently sending their entire teams through Dementia By Day School!

I'm really enjoying this course! It's very informative and having it split up into short videos keeps my attention. This is for sure breathing new life into information that was buried in my brain!

— Amber Frey, Admissions at Cardinal

We held off enrolling in a dementia training because we couldn’t find anything that the care staff could really utilize during an 8-hour shift with our residents. This training, however, is so applicable and the team is enjoying and learning from it! The other day the care staff asked about our new carpet installation—they’d just watched the interior design portion of the course and were wondering if the carpet provided enough contrast for the residents!

—Lucy Boxrud, President of Elysian Senior Homes

Course Curriculum

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  Basics of Dementia
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  Embracing Their Reality(TM)
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  Dementia Detective Work
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  Using Improv in Dementia Care
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  Creative Engagement: Programming & Activities
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  Interior Design & Dementia
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  Personal Care in Dementia
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  Dining & Dementia
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  Communicating with Families
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Course Only:


This includes once-monthly 1-hour Dementia Detective Calls with me where we review material, check in with staff questions, and solve any challenges your team is having. See below to purchase only this course + Dementia Detective Calls without the consulting package.


Consulting + Course:


This includes the course and 6 months of consulting, including two live sessions with me in-person at your locations. In order to sign up for this package, please reach out to me directly. ($40,000)


This includes the course and 1 year of consulting, including four live sessions with me in-person at your locations. In order to sign up for this package, please reach out to me directly. ($75,000)

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Access for your entire organization

Get access to my training for 1 year for all of your staff PLUS monthly Dementia Detective calls with me!



1 Person

If you're the CEO or owner of a senior living organization, this includes a phone call with me to review the program!

*This is for one individual license and does not include monthly webinars. Taking this course does not enable you to teach or sell Dementia By Day methods or instruction to others.*



1x monthly payments, ongoing

Your organization can buy this and ALL of your buildings or franchisees will have access to the program.

"This is a great refresher course for those of us who have been working with our seniors for years, but also updates us on more creative ways to help those whose brains and minds are changing. We were always taught that it is NOT okay to 'lie' to them and that we needed to MAKE them understand our reality. I find that the staff can be fearful of what is 'right' and what is wrong to say to their residents and this educational piece gives the staff some great information on what to say—not only to their residents but also gives them some great tools to share with the residents' loved ones."

- Rachel B., LPN, PCHA


Couldn't we just keep using that old dementia care DVD we have?

I mean...I guess so?

We use a program that our old HR Director built.'re saying that's enough, right?

We have Relias, so, we're good.

I know, I know, they have a dementia care class. But, I'm the only person who teaches Embracing Their Reality(TM) and explains dementia care the way that I do. I'm all about the tangible tips and advice, and I think this is something you should know about, too!

Can you just build this on our platform so we can use it from there?

Yes, technically, I can. Let's talk about what that looks like. Although, I must tell you, using it on here is a LOT more cost effective for you in the long run: that's why I built this! I also have an option where you can see and track your team's own progress.

Let's talk!

Curious about the course and want to know more before making a big commitment? I totally get it. Let's set up a quick call where we can go over any questions or concerns you have.

Follow this link to set up a call.