Minnesota is home to one million seniors, and the urgency for action grows.
We call on lawmakers to address the collapse of the senior care system with solutions. Minnesota's long-term care system needs support from our state partners so we can pay caregivers the wages they deserve and ensure access to care in all the places seniors call home.
There are 23,000 open aging services positions, representing over 20% of Minnesota's caregiving workforce.
The professional caregivers in senior care are more diverse than workers in any other sector in Minnesota.
From Aug. through Dec. 2021, senior services experienced 1.25 times more resignations than hires, a rate that is unsustainable.
Minnesota is facing the collapse of its senior care system. Minnesota's long-term care system needs support from the state to pay caregivers the wages they deserve and ensure access to care in all the places seniors call home. Our workforce crisis can only be solved with permanent investment from the State of Minnesota.
Support professional caregivers with the wages they deserve.
Caregiving is an honorable profession that requires special skills and training. But low wages make it difficult to attract and retain skilled, compassionate caregivers. Many leave the field for jobs with less stress and better compensation. The ability to increase pay is tied directly to state funding allocations and regulatory requirements.
Solution: A critical first step in addressing our workforce shortages in senior care is to elevate the wages for professional caregivers. Funding for permanent investments in Medicaid rates will allow us to raise wages, recruit new workers, and retain the dedicated professionals who care for Minnesota's seniors – whether they live in nursing homes, assisted living, or other home- and community-based settings.
Ensure all seniors have access to the quality care they need close to home.
Our workforce crisis means a growing number of seniors cannot receive the long-term care they need when they need it and where they want to receive the care.
Solution: To care for the growing number of older adults in Minnesota, we must support new and alternative care models and fix regulatory barriers that impact access to safe, quality care in all the communities they call home. Appropriate oversight is an important part of ensuring safe, quality care for Minnesota’s seniors. However, regulations can be smarter, decisions can be made more quickly, and confusing regulations can made clearer.
Without increased investments from the State, providers cannot afford to increase the pay for caregivers. They need your support.
- Support the immediate implementation of the cost-based payment model for assisted living and other home- and community-based services partially put in place over the past five years.
- Bring CADI and BI customized living programs under Elderly Waiver to help address the needs of people with disabilities.
- Provide upfront funding to raise wages without having to wait for those investments to flow into rates over time.
- Eliminate a 21-month delay in nursing home reimbursement.
- Ensure wages for essential, non-direct care staff like cooks and housekeepers are responsive to changing labor costs by including them as a cost-based reimbursement.
- Make technical corrections.
- Expand the role of LPNs.
- Better define an assisted living resident.
- Pre-empt zoning restrictions prohibiting specific assisted living settings.
- Fund a study to set rates for PACE, which targets help for our most vulnerable seniors in community settings.
- Make a virtual model of adult day services a permanent option for providing care in the community.
- Allow out-of-state nurses to serve seniors in Minnesota.