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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Putting Validation into Action – A Very Personal Story

Vicki de Klerk, Validation Institute Ed Feil was a mild-mannered man best remembered by folks who knew him as a kind, warm fellow with a hearty laugh, a generous and playful disposition. Those who didn’t know him personally, knew him… Read more

The Darkest Hour Is Right Before The Dawn

Jeff Jerebker, Sage, Co-Founder Live Oak Project My former company, Piñon Management, conducted many Eden Alternative three-day training sessions for everyone on the nursing home team. CNAs were encouraged to attend and many did so. Contemplating the challenges of being… Read more

The Artifacts of Culture Change (ACC) 2.0 and ACC – AL

An Interview with the developers, Karen Schoeneman and Carmen Bowman   Karen, can you tell us how the Artifacts of Culture Change came to be? Karen: As a founder of the culture change movement and Pioneer Network, I developed a… 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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