Changing the Culture of Aging in the 21st Century

Inspiring culture change, supporting innovation, providing an opportunity for learning.

Pioneer Network is the national leader of the culture change movement, helping care providers to transition away from a medical, institutional model of elder care to one that is life affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful. Pioneer Network advocates for a culture of aging in which individual voices are heard and individual choices are respected. Our goal is transformational culture change in organizations to foster care that is directed by the person receiving it.

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Thank you, Naomi Feil

The global movement to improve eldercare lost one of its champions over the holidays when Validation Training Institute founder Naomi Feil passed away on December 24. Naomi’s ability to see the person behind the diagnosis of dementia — and her… Read more

Save the date! Conference coming November 11-13, 2024

It’s official: The Green House Project and Pioneer Network communities will come together for the 2024 Center for Innovation conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.! November 11-13, 2024 will get here sooner than you think, so save the date and stay… Read more

Thank You, Penny Cook!

In case you missed the news over the summer, Pioneer Network said goodbye to former CEO and former Center for Innovation chief culture officer Penny Cook, who formally left the organization in August to pursue new opportunities. The Pioneer and… Read more

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Resources to Help you Begin or Continue Your Culture Change Journey

We are here to help you every step of the way. Whether you are just getting started or you have been on the culture change journey for some time, here are valuable resources, developed by leading experts to help you implement organizational culture change and person-directed care.

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Toolkits, Books & More

In our store you'll find the tools you need to be successful implementing culture change. We have starter kits and staff education programs, developed by experts and tested by care providers.

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We want you — to help make culture change the norm in this country!  Each person can, and does, make a difference — and we need your engagement to achieve the vision of a culture of aging that is life-affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful.

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