Better Together 2021: Live Events

Better Together 2021: Live Events

2021 may be behind us, but it’s not too late to explore the Better Together 2021 Facebook Live series.  Check out the four topics discussed and join the team at Pioneer Network and The Eden Alternative as they explore timely topics and engage in lively discussion.

There are No Right Answers: Vaccines, Visitation and Using Ethics to Guide the Road Ahead
Originally aired on Monday, November 8.

Anyone losing sleep over these issues? There are no right answers, only well thought out discussions and decisions. Join Jeff Jerebker and Beth Irtz for an exploration of dilemmas brought to the fore by vaccine hesitancy and visitation in communities where elders receive care. Examples of how accepted ethical principles can be a useful guide for decision making will be discussed.

Click here to view the Facebook Live Recording.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of “10 Ethical Principles in Geriatrics and Long-Term Care:  The Elder’s Well-being is the Guiding Star” by Fred M. Feinsod, MD, MPH, CMD, and Cathy Wagner, RN, MSN, MBA.

We invite you to read the following white paper, written by Beth Irtz, RN, BSN, NHA, Jeff Jerebker, former CEO Pinon Management, Wendy Lustbader, MSW, Joanne Rader, RN, MN and Penny Cook, MSW, President and CEO Pioneer Network.
Decision Making in Long Term Care 8-25-21

The Path to LGBTQ Equity and Inclusion: Using Resident Directed Principles to Guide the Way
Originally aired: September 13, 2021

Do you believe that knowing each person well; building collaborative, resilient cultures of care; and creating inclusive, vibrant communities deepens and sustains well-being?   These concepts are core values of Pioneer Network and The Eden Alternative.  They apply to everyone. Putting these values into practice is critical for all who live and work in long-term care communities.  In this episode of Better Together which originally aired on September 13, Sherrill Wayland and Dan Stewart joined us as we explored the special meaning these values have for LGBTQ elders living in long-term care communities, and how they can help guide us as we work to support equity and inclusion in our communities.



What Comes Next?  It Sure Won’t be the Same
Originally aired:  June 7, 2021

Our second Facebook Live event was hosted by Penny Cook and Patrick Bultema who were joined by three people who are in the know about what the future may hold for the world we live and work in, services and housing options for people as they grow older. Bob Kramer, is the founder and strategic advisor to NICThe National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care and he is also spearheading his new firm, Nexus Insights, to focus on providing insights and models for the next generation of aging and aging services. 

Dr. Bill Thomas is a physician, professor, entrepreneur, playwright, and performer whose work since the early 1990’s explores the realm of human aging. Bill founded The Eden Alternative, launched The Green House Project, was one of the founders of Pioneer Network and is now working on a new project called Kallimos Communities. 

 Lori Smetanka is the Executive Director of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, the leading national nonprofit advocacy organization representing consumers receiving long-term care and services in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home and communitybased settings.  Lori has her pulse on the resident experience, what residents are feeling about their experiences of the past 16 months and what they want the future of their care and support to look like.  



Life is Better in Community: Declare Your Interdependence
Originally aired: March 8, 2021

In our first Facebook Live event, we explored the connections we have that make us ‘better together,’ and discussed the interdependence that happens when we have the passion to make a difference in the world of aging services. We shared our commitment to interdependence, and challenged participants to explore this topic with us, knowing that “by declaring our interdependence, we recognize that when we are united, we have endless possibilities; when we are partners, we build community; when we are proactive together, we reduce our fear of change, and when we cultivate the common ground, we grow individually and collectively.