By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on July 23rd, 2013
The Pioneer Network is a group, formed in 1997, with the charge to convene person-centered advocates, providers and consumers to create change in long term care, “We believe that the quality of life and living for America’s elders is rooted in a supportive community and cemented by relationships that respect each of us as individuals regardless of age, medical condition or limitations. ”
On August 11-14, in Bellvue, Washington, the 13th Annual Pioneer Network Conference will be held, with the theme, “Hear the Voice, Honor the Choice”. The Green House Project has long been a leader in this movement, and very involved in this organization. Team members, David Farrell and Anna Ortigara serve on the board, and The Green House Project is a regular sponsor and speaker at the conference.
This year, our presentation, “Meaningful Lives, Empowered Staff, Strategies for Real Transformation: THE GREEN HOUSE® Project“, will delve into workforce transformation, and how the comprehensive changes of the model, create powerful outcomes for elders, staff and the organization. We will be joined by Jaime’s Place, a Green House project located in Winthrop, Washington. There is nothing like hearing stories and experiences directly from the people who are living and working in the model everyday.
The Pioneer Network conference brings people together to deepen this social movement of culture change in long term care. Together we will change the way that the world views aging by “working towards a culture of aging that supports the care of elders in settings where individual voices are heard and individual choices are respected”.