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.

Apply for a Music and Memory Grant!  The application is available here.


2015 Illinois Culture Change Champion of the Year

At the 2015 Summit, Angela Simmons was named Illinois Pioneer Coalition’s Illinois Culture Change Champion Award. Her commitment to the mission, vision and efforts to change the lives of elders in long-term care has made her the ideal recipient for this award. Angela is the Administrator at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Anna, IL.

Angela was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She graduated nursing school in 1997 and started employment at Daystar Care Center, an 83 skilled nursing facility.  Shortly after that Angela took a position at Community Health & Emergency Services.  In 2006 Community Health acquired Daystar Care Center and became the Administrator and started implementing culture change practices in 2007. In 2013 Angela was appointed the Administrator of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Home in Anna.

Nominated for this award by her staff and residents, Angela is being credited with changing the dining experience for the veterans and offering them more choices in their routines and care. She encourages staff to create an environment more like home and less like an institution. Angela’s staff states that she has an ample amount of training, oversight, compassion, empathy, and professionalism when dealing with her daily responsibilities surrounded with the implementation of culture change and the love she has for elders.

Angela’s love and compassion is shared amongst many senior communities and elder care organizations. Being an advocate for this change in long-term care culture and her positive energy infusing the staff and residents of the Veteran’s Home in Anna, Il, makes her the perfect award recipient for the Culture Change Champion Award.

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! 

Membership Benefits: (Download a copy of the Membership Application here)

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)


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