WRC EMPLOYEES EXPLORE PERSON-CENTERED CARE APPROACHES AT LOUISVILLE CONFERENCE
WRC Senior Services CEO nationally recognized, named President of the Pioneer Network Board of Directors
While there are many regulations surrounding the senior living industry, WRC’s employees are embracing a new focus on cherishing our relationships with elders. Five employees of WRC Senior Services attended the Pioneer Network Annual Conference in Louisville, KY last week. The Pioneer Network is the national leader of the culture change movement, helping care providers like WRC to transition away from a medical, institutional model of elder care to one that is life affirming, satisfying, humane and meaningful.
The Pioneer Network advocates for a culture of aging in which individual voices are heard and individual choices are respected. The goal of the education provided by the Pioneer Network’s annual conference is to jumpstart transformational culture change in senior living organizations to foster care that is directed by the person receiving it. Cindy Russell, President of WRC’s Board of Directors, said, “Each of us who attended the conference took home key points on how to make a difference within our community and work to deinstitutionalize elder care.” Russell is enthusiastic about impacting person-centered care in the local community, “The board is working closely with the leadership team to apply gained knowledge from the conference.”
Barbara Sepich, President and CEO of WRC Senior Services, was honored at this year’s Pioneer Network Conference. As of September 1st, 2019, Sepich will be the President of the Pioneer Network’s Board of Directors. Sepich said, “I’m truly honored to be working with the Pioneer Network, as it is my personal mission to make a difference in lives of our elders, and keep the sparkle in their eyes one day longer.” Sepich is looking forward to her tenure as the President of Pioneer Network’s Board and representing our local community on a national stage.
Next year’s Pioneer Network conference will be close to home, in Pittsburgh, PA from August 9th to August 12th, 2020. WRC plans to send many more team members from its communities, and hopes to spark more interest in the culture change initiative for senior living to our area.
About WRC: WRC Senior Services, a non-profit organization, provides living options for seniors through all of life’s transitions. From personal care and independent living communities to in-home nursing and short-term rehab, WRC’s Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) continuum assures families that their loved ones will be receive the services that they need. For nearly 130 years, WRC has been providing peace of mind and promoting independence guided by these core values: Dignity, Excellence, Integrity, Stewardship, Professionalism, Accountability, and Kindness. At WRC, We Rejoice and Celebrate Life! For more information, please contact us at 814-849-1205.