Amanda Nowak and Rachael Wonderlin realized that there were almost no resources or websites for people looking to redesign their care communities and make them more dementia-friendly. As a result, Designing for Dementia was born. This site is dedicated to explaining why and how people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia respond best to environments that are made to fit their specific needs.
Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s degree in Gerontology from UNC Greensboro. She works as a Dementia Care Consultant and Community Designer. She trains staff, works with residents’ family members, and helps to refocus dementia care communities on what is most important: the residents. Rachael has a book published by Johns Hopkins University Press, “When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community,” that came out in November 2016. Her popular blog, Dementia By Day, is all about working in long-term dementia care.
Amanda has a degree in Interior Design, and has worked in the senior living industry for the past 10 years. Earlier in her career, she often found that shopping for senior-appropriate home decor near a community was a challenge. Through her company The Simple Home, she helps senior living companies and their designers source home décor and memory station items for their communities.