WHO WE ARE
The Florida Pioneer Network (FPN) is a coalition committed to a person-directed model of care, offering to individuals who live and work throughout long-term care the vision of supportive communities that uphold individual dignity, respect, self-determination and enable choices for residents or elders.
FPN’s vision is to foster person-centered environments that support elders and those closest to them through a culture that is life-affirming, satisfying, humane, and meaningful. FPN works to create communities where elders want to live and employees choose to work. FPN seeks to inspire long term systematic culture change that will benefit not only our parents and grandparents, but those working in long-term care and those who might need long-term care in the future.
- To encourage person-directed models of care.
- To support educational programs that foster the vision.
- To support and encourage efforts of organizations that share the vision.
- To advance public policies that further the vision.
- To develop collaborative partnerships to advance the vision.
- To engage in projects intended to clarify and communicate the vision.
A BRIEF HISTORY:
Founded in 2000, FPN’s statewide coalition of organizations and individuals has worked together toward person-directed long-term care. The term we use is “culture change” because this movement is focused on changing the culture of long-term care settings, making them places where individuals want to live and work. FPN has been instrumental in providing culture change educational programs, coaching projects, information and resource connections and advocacy leadership throughout Florida. Examples of recent Florida and other statewide accomplishments can be found at: www.pioneernetwork.net
WHO IS INVOLVED WITH FPN?
Participation in FPN is open to organizations and individuals interested in fostering the vision by actively engaging in the planning and work of the Coalition.
Participants include persons from the following areas:
- Provider Associations
- Long-term Care Communities
- Consumer Advocacy Organizations
- Government Organizations
- Healthcare Community
- Quality Improvement Organizations
- Educational Organizations
- Funding Organizations
WHO SUPPORTS FPN?
FPN is a unique program of the Area Agency on Aging for Central Florida, also known as the Senior Resource Alliance, which provides office and fiscal management support for an administrative fee. From time to time, FPN has been supported by foundation grants for specific projects. Special recognition is accorded the Winter Park Health Foundation and the Retirement Research Foundation for important financial support.
ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS LIKE FPN IN THE STATE?
No. FPN represents the entire state of Florida and involves experts and volunteers from across the state. However, you can learn more about other similar initiatives across the country by visiting The Pioneer Network’s website.