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.

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

Empathy: A Key to Connection and Learning

Kathy Dreyer, Ph.D., AGE-u-cate® Training Institute Federal and state initiatives aimed at culture change and person-centered dementia care are calling upon providers to equip care partners with practical tools. Those tools must generate knowledge in providing person-centered care that creates… Read more

The Magic of Music in the Chaos of Long-Term Care

Donna K. Woodward, CNA Originally printed in Singing Heart to Heart Connecting Through Music: Music Resources for Dementia Care and Activity Professionals  ( Being a new CNA is challenging. Yes, in training I learned how to make a hospital bed… Read more

I’m Sorry. The power in just two little words.

Reprinted with permission from DRIVE A troubling incident at a senior living community made national news recently. Not so surprising, it happens way more than any of us cares to admit. The daughter of the alleged victim, a resident living… Read more

Moving Beyond Person-Centered Care to Resident-Driven Communities

Cameron Camp, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, Michelle Hilgeman, PhD, Principal Investigator, MAP-VA, Lynn Snow, PhD, Co-Investigator, MAP-VA, Jennie Keleher, Implementation Coordinator, MAP-VA, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, Christine Hartmann, PhD, Co-Investigator, MAP-VA. How do residents drive the daily life… Read more