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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Everyone Has a Story to Tell

Jay-Newton Small CEO and Founder, MemoryWell Guide at the 2018 Pioneering a New Culture of Aging Conference Joe was panicked, frantic. The bell was ringing for lunch, as it did every mealtime, and he was upset. He was grabbing people… Read more

Discussion Around Language: Using the Term “Patient”

By David Kent Vice President of the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils This article is the transcription of a speech that David Kent, resident of Schlegel Villages, made to the Resource Development Advisory Group Meeting, a part of Health Quality… Read more

A Heart to Serve

By Ken Gartin Rockport Healthcare Services It’s no secret that non-profits and community organizations always need dedicated volunteers. Unfortunately, residents of care communities are rarely tapped to provide that much-needed service. If changing that imbalance makes sense to you, 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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