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.

What’s culture change got to do with it? Everything!

Ruta Kadonoff, Executive Director If you work in or around nursing homes, your world has been buzzing over the last few days with talk of the final rule, the first major revisions to the nursing home Requirements of Participation since… Read more

Family Matters: Ways to Improve Staff/Family Communications

Stephanie Gfeller, Long-term Care Program Coordinator and Judy Miller, Project Consultant, Kansas State University The importance of relationships between staff and family members is often overlooked and the relationship is not typically described positively. In one study that looked at… Read more

Houston, We Have a Problem

Ruta Kadanoff, Executive Director, Pioneer Network Is it just me, or are there red flags everywhere lately, calling on us to take notice of the impending collision between our demographics and our workforce trends? Evidence is mounting and the chorus… Read more

A Home: More Than Bricks and Mortar

Joan Devine, RN-C, Director of Education, Pioneer Network When we think of creating households for Elders, we often think first about the bricks and mortar, about major renovation or perhaps even an entirely new building. We think about smaller environments,… Read more

The Kitchen: The Heart of the Home

Linda Bump, MPH, RD, LNHA, Consulting Staff, Action Pact What possibilities can we create when we make the kitchen the heart of our home? We create Normal, Home and Community by honoring individual resident choice in dining. What better way… Read more

Scripps Gerontology Center receives grant to improve Ohio’s nursing homes

l-r, Kimberly VanHaitsma, associate professor of nursing, Pennsylvania State University; Katherine Abbott, assistant professor of sociology & gerontology and research fellow, Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center; Jane Straker, director of research, Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center; Jerry Gannod, chair and… Read more

The Times They are a Changing…

Jack York, Founder/President, It’s Never 2 Late How many out there remember the late ’70s and early ’80s? If you’re like me (57 years old) during that era technology was trickling its way into our lives, drip by drip. But… Read more

Dementia-friendly dining

Pamela Tabar – Long-Term Living Senior living dining has been through many design phases lately—including the bistro, the casual café, the fine dining setting and even the wine bar. Now, senior residences are fine-tuning the dining experience of a growing… Read more