Kim Warchol

President and Founder of Dementia Care Specialists With CPI since 2009

“I implore you to demand the training and education essential to ensuring the physical and emotional health, function, and safety of persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

When Kim Warchol, OTR/L, first learned about the Cognitive Disabilities Model by Claudia Allen, she was the head of rehabilitation at a health care center. Once she started to look at what people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias can do versus what they can’​t do, she was profoundly changed. With the goal of enabling persons with dementia to thrive and facilitating success for those who serve them, she founded Dementia Care Specialists in 1998.

Since then, Kim has become a national advocate for creating a Dementia Capable Society, showing the world that people with dementia can thrive and live to their emotional, spiritual, and functional potential at every stage. She sits on national committees and panels that advocate for the development of high standards for dementia care, and is a former member of the Allen Cognitive Network board.

Kim is a highly sought-after memory care consultant, lectures across the country on dementia, speaks in front of elected officials, and has written, or been featured in, numerous dementia care articles. She believes that with the proper training for care partners, we can give those with dementia the quality of life they deserve.

Kim is on a mission to change the world. Will you join her?

Favorite CPI Memory

For an annual meeting, I decided to provide the team with a little gift for their great efforts and to celebrate their collective passion and accomplishments. I put together a calendar of some of the most precious quotes that had circulated among the team that year. The quotes were powerful testimonies to the passion, talent, and integrity of each team member, and to the impact our team and organization has on our customers and our ultimate vision of creating a Dementia Capable Society. I remember the moment each team member opened their calendar and began reading. For some there were tears; for others there was laughter and reminiscing. But for each and every one of us, there was an extraordinary feeling of gratitude and pride in being able to do what we do “for a living” and for being a part of this wonderful DCS/CPI family.

Fun Facts
  • I love to garden.
  • I was instrumental in the advocacy effort for the 2001 CMS Memorandum prohibiting denial of therapy services based solely on dementia diagnosis.
  • I co-authored The Activity Planning Book


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