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.

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

I’m Dying, but Here’s the Thing… So are you.

Article and Photos By: Michelle Olson, PhD, LCAT, ATR-BC, ACC/MC I had the joy and honor of raising monarch butterflies this past fall. I mean we all know that butterflies come from caterpillars. But to closely watch the process through every phase… Read more

A New Year’s Message from Penny Cook

Penny Cook, Pioneer Network President & CEO The dawn of a new decade, 2020. Have you thought to yourself as I have, how can this be? Weren’t we just worrying about Y2K? It’s said that we feel time passing more… Read more