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Rosemary Bakker is the creator and director of ThisCaringHome.org. She is also an interior designer, gerontologist, keynote speaker, and former caregiver to a mother with Alzheimer’s disease. She understands first-hand how difficult and rewarding caregiving can be. Most importantly, she learned how a dementia-friendly environment can make caregiving less difficult and more fulfilling. Rosemary is the recipient of many awards for her innovative education and has authored two books on interior design and aging, including Lark Books: The AARP Guide to Revitalizing Your Home: Beautiful Living for the Second Half of Life (2010). Rosemary is available for 1) Training and Speaking Engagements and 2) Design Consultations.

1) Training and Speaking Engagements

Rosemary brings a fresh innovative approach to dementia care training. Her lively presentations give professional and family caregivers the tips and tools they need to transform an ordinary dwelling into a dementia-friendly home. Learn about inspiring and practical solutions to everyday caregiving problems that enhance safety and well-being and help the person with dementia live a fuller, more meaningful life.

Keynote speeches, workshops, and lunchtime presentations can be customized to fit the needs of the audience, including healthcare providers, human resources, and family caregivers. Training on how to use ThisCaringHome as a vital resource can also be provided for service professionals.

Presentation Topics

Presentations cover a wide array of home safety and caregiving topics, including:

  • Memory Aides
  • 7 Steps to Better Bathing
  • Cooking Safety
  • Better Mealtimes
  • Smart Home Devices
  • Wandering Technologies
  • Therapeutic & Fun Activities
  • Dementia-Friendly Interior Design
  • A Calmer Day: Reducing Agitation




“Excellent research - every caregiver should attend, including nurses and assistants.”

“The best environmental presentation I have ever seen."

“What we needed to have for years.”

“The website is fantastic. Your ability to reach others personally, with concern & creativity, is truly remarkable.”

Email Rosemary Bakker for speaking and training fees.

2) Design Consultations

Rosemary Bakker is available to consult on dementia-friendly design for a variety of living spaces, including homes and apartments, senior housing, assisted living, hospitals, and nursing homes. Clients have included a number of private clients in the metropolitan New York City area and the following institutions:
  • Brookdale Senior Living
  • Brooklyn Hospital
  • Buckingham at Norwood Care and Rehabilitation
  • Gresham Smith Architects
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Keswick Pines Retirement Community
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Wellington Hall Care Center
Additionally, Ms. Bakker helped write the draft guidelines for dementia special care units for the New York State Construction Standards Advisory Group for Assisted Living Facilities.

Email Rosemary Bakker for design consultation fees.

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