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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An Invitation from Vicki de Klerk

to those coming to Denver for the conference and also to those who won’t be able to join us. Culture change begins with individuals. You are an important link in the chain that creates a person-centered environment. When you are… Read more

How Residents are Addressing Loneliness in Long-Term Care

“From Doing Nothing to Doing Everything!” The Java Project at Consulate Health Care Kristine Theurer, Founder & President, Java Group Programs   Amy Layman, Director of Community Life at Oak Grove Health Care Center, a Consulate Health Care center in… Read more

The Six Cs of Culture Change

Jennifer Carson, PhD, Director, Dementia Engagement, Education, and Research (DEER) Program, School of Public Health, University of Nevada, Reno The case for culture change – the moral imperative to transform nursing homes – has never been more urgent or clear…. 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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