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
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 Thanksgiving Message From Pioneer Network’s President & CEO, Penny Cook
As we approach Thanksgiving, I reminisce about why it’s my favorite holiday. I love that in my family we gather without the exchange of gifts, without commercialism, and enjoy each other’s company while cooking, eating and then usually, eating again…. 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
Let’s Get Serious About the Pandemic’s LTC Mental Health Price Tag
Dan Cohen, MSW After six months of being restricted to her room in assisted living, my mom said this: “It’s a deadly life. Nothing to look forward to except the same. I don’t see anybody.” Her feelings are shared by… 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
The Revolution to Transform the Long-term Care System Begins When We Gather for Envisioning the Future 2020
Barry Barkan Rose Marie Fagan Jeff Jerebker Let’s make good trouble, necessary trouble. — Human Rights Champion John Lewis, of Blessed Memory Pioneer Network, our Council of Elders, and Live Oak Institute are launching the Live Oak Project to… Read more