Welcome to the Illinois Pioneer Coalition

We believe the principles, practices and philosophies of culture change are the tools that can transform the culture in which we care for our elders and the disabled, to one that is life affirming, satisfying and meaningful.

The Illinois Pioneer Coalition was organized to provide long term care settings with the education and tools needed to effect deep culture change, thereby transforming long term care settings into real homes and improving the quality of life for individuals and staff in various settings throughout Illinois. The education provided shall be based on the philosophy, practices, and principles of person-centered and person-directed care designed to improve quality of life for elders and persons with disabilities in our society.

The Illinois Pioneer Coalition offers: Regional Coalition Building, Education and Training, and Speaker's Bureau.

The 2014 IPC Annual report is available now.   Click Here to download your copy.

Registration is now open for the 12th Annual Summit
in Springfield on October 28th-30th, 2015.  Click here!

 So much conference for so little money!

  • With over 20 concurrent sessions to choose from, attendees are able to earn 14 CEU's!
  • Register 4 or more people and receive 10% off!
  • 3 Meals, Evening hors d'oeuvres and Coffee/Cola Breaks are included in the conference rate!

Interested in learning more about Music & Memory?

  • At this year's intensive, Music & Memory, long term care communities will learn about the opportunity to receive grant money to become Music & Memory Certified! Plus receive $500 for equipment!
  • Illinois communities interested in applying for this grant money must attend this session at the summit. Grant applications will be available at the intensive.


2015 Illinois Culture Change Champion of the Year

Nominate someone that you feel deserves recognition for changing the culture of elder care .
Download Nomination Form HERE!

Please consider nominating a member of your team for the annual Illinois Pioneer Coalition’s Culture Change Champion of the Year. This award is given at the annual Summit that is held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, October 28-30th. Every organization has that one person that advocates for elders or accepts change without resistance and we want to recognize them for their  efforts.


Are you or your loved one looking for

a nursing home?  

What happens to your aging vision if something happens to you or your loved one that requires more care then you can give at home? No one wants to go into a Nursing Home but many times this becomes our only option.

2010 statistics show that 6 out of 7 people age 65 and over will live in a Nursing Home at some point in their life.

These staggering statistics show that the chances are that you or one of your loved ones will be one of these individuals needing Nursing Home care. With this being said, how do you make this important life choice? How can you make sure that personal needs are met and that quality care is provided? It is your right to get the care you deserve and have continued quality of life even though you are sick and needing nursing care.

The purpose of the "Your Way" Consumer Education Project is to help "uncomplicate" the process by educating the potential Nursing Home consumer. We  provide information on what questions to ask and what to look for when making this important life decision.

Remember, this consumer we are talking about is YOU – it is all of us!

Follow the  "YOUR WAY" icon to view the Your Way Booklet and download additional resources.


Become a Member of ipc!

Download Membership Application HERE!

Membership Benefits:

Special Member's Rate for Educational offerings through IPC, including the Annual Summit (savings of 10-15%) and no extra charge for CE's.

A Certificate of Membership to hang in your facility or your personal office.

We will list the member facilities on the website with a brief overview of facilities culture change practices.

Award presented to to an outstanding performer in member facilities-
Culture Change Champion of the Year -during our annual Summit (beginning October 2013)

Donate Today!

We are leading the way to person centered care! If you inspired to be part of the movement that is creating a better way for elders to live and age?

The Illinois Pioneer Coalition believes that we have an opportunity to make the world a better place for today's elders — and at the same time, we can create a new way to age for ourselves.  You are invited to be a part of this journey by donating to the Coalition.  Your tax deductible contribution to IPC can help spread this vision through out the state of Illinois.  By supporting IPC you are making a statement that you support resident-directed, person-centered care for Illinois elders.