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.

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

Stories From the Heart of the Home

Collected by Linda Bump, Registered Dietician, Consultant Action Pact and LaVrene Norton, Founder, Action Pact Life Happens in the Kitchen.  Residents, staff and family come together through working and dining in the household kitchen.  As a result, household kitchens are… Read more

Resident Advisory Committee: Fishing Academy

A Story from Milaca Elim Care and Rehab Center Contributed by Cindy Hemmerich, Recreation Director Performance improvement happening closest to the residents. That is a mantra we hear often when sharing ideas on effective approaches to Quality Assurance / Performance… Read more