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.

More than Heroes, Nurses!

Anna Ortigara, RN, MS, FAAN Workforce Innovations Consultant, PHI Many of the nurses reading this have strived to create person-directed cultures in their care settings over many days and challenging times. As you continue at this most difficult of times,… Read more

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10

In these times of physical distancing, Mother’s Day celebrations won’t be the same, but knowing the Pioneers, there is no doubt they will still be very special. Please share your plans and projects so we can share them with the… Read more

Culture in the Time of Pandemic

Verna Cavey, Elder A nuthatch crawls down the branch of a large tree outside my window. I move to my laptop to report in to my neighbors. Somehow, spontaneously, residents in independent living have created an online birdwatching group. A… Read more

Quality of Life – for Whom?

Benjamin Surmi, Director of People and Culture, Koelsch Communities When my brothers were playing basketball in the street, I would find myself sitting at the feet of elders in my neighborhood – listening to fascinating stories of faraway places and times…. Read more


Karen Schoeneman Mabel was tired, so very tired. After four decades of traveling and performing, she was ready to just retire and live in peace. But she had not been able to save, and was worried there would be no… Read more

Tired to Inspired

People are tired in senior living. One of the reasons turnover rates are so high in this field is because the work we do is so darn physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. Senior living provides some of the most rewarding… Read more