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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Stories From the Heart of the Home

Collected by Linda Bump, Registered Dietician, Consultant Action Pact and LaVrene Norton, Founder, Action Pact Life Happens in the Kitchen.  Residents, staff and family come together through working and dining in the household kitchen.  As a result, household kitchens are… Read more

Protecting and Promoting Culture Change Practices:  What Surveyors and Nursing Homes Can Do

Ray Rusin, Former Rhode Island State Survey Agency Director Carmen Bowman, Regulator turned Educator, Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change Doesn’t it break your heart when you hear of culture change practices stopping at a nursing home? There… Read more

Resident Advisory Committee: Fishing Academy

A Story from Milaca Elim Care and Rehab Center Contributed by Cindy Hemmerich, Recreation Director Performance improvement happening closest to the residents. That is a mantra we hear often when sharing ideas on effective approaches to Quality Assurance / Performance… 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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