Pioneer Networking and the Culture Change Movement

We are glad you are interested in staying up to date with the latest news and events in the culture change movement.  Check back here regularly to read blog posts from both Pioneer Network staff and other culture change and person-directed care experts.

A New Year…New Learning

“FUN + Learning = The Best Educational Experience” ― Tamara L. Chilver Joan Devine, RN, BSN Director of Education, Pioneer Network When we think about learning, our thoughts often go to the formal education we receive in school, or perhaps the… Read more

Why We Need More Quiet Strength

Meaghan McMahon, MSW Research Director, Linked Senior Often when we think of strength, we think of it in the physical sense. A person is strong if they can run a long distance without a break, lift something heavy with ease… Read more

Empathy, Now More Than Ever!

Jill Golde, Senior Vice President, Language of Caring, A Branch of Planetree International It’s a new day. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic, political turmoil and revelations about systemic racism have been heart wrenching for staff, residents and their families. In senior… Read more

Nets Beneath Our Hope

Verna Cavey, Elder I remember a line from an Ian Caldwell novel about life teaching us to string nets beneath our hopes. During this Covid era we have been strong and — except maybe for the days when we were… Read more

What’s New at Pioneer Network

Penny Cook, President & CEO A few weeks ago, we at Pioneer Network felt like true Pioneers. In hosting a Virtual Gathering, we embarked on a new project, one that we’ve never done before. True, we weren’t the only ones,… Read more

Carter Catlett Williams

In 1997, Carter Catlett Williams was determined to work toward changing nursing homes so that the quality of life for elders could become more life-affirming. She convened a small group in Rochester, N.Y. of others dedicated to independence and quality… Read more

Envisioning the Future with Pioneer Network

Kristian Partington, Schlegel Villages reprinted with permission from Village Voice www.schlegelvillages.com Each year, a delegation of Schlegel ambassadors has travelled to various locations in the United States to attend the annual Pioneer Network Conference, returning home with new insights to… Read more

Who Would Have Thought?

Joan Devine Pioneer Network Director of Education If you had told me a year ago that we would be doing and seeing some of the things that have now become an everyday part of our lives in this world dominated… Read more