Rodney D. Alderfer, President of Bridgewater Retirement Community, has been elected to serve as a board member of the Pioneer Network.
Pioneer Network, a national organization based in Rochester, New York, was formed in 1997 to advocate for person-directed care in nursing homes. Since its inception, the Pioneer Network has grown and evolved into a center for thought leaders and innovators in the field of aging, although its primary focus remains building home and a sense of community for elders — in nursing homes, or wherever home may be. The Pioneer Network continues to be a resource to the field of long-term and nursing home care, a clearinghouse for ideas, and a facilitator of partnerships focusing on issues of culture change and person-centered care.
Alderfer became President of Bridgewater Retirement Community in July of 2008 and has spearheaded the transformation of its nursing home from a very traditional medical model into one of the areas most innovative and resident-centered nursing programs.