Speaker Thissen talks senior care

Staff report, Kanabec County Times

Minnesota Speaker of the House, Paul Thissen, visited Bowe’s Restaurant in Mora on July 23 to discuss issues facing local long-term senior care facilities.

Representatives from area facilities including Benedictine Health System (St. Clare), GracePointe Crossing, Lakeside Medical Center, Ecumen and Presbyterian Homes came to discuss issues they have seen in the care system.

The discussion focused on staff wages, state reimbursement rates for those wages and the differences in the rates between rural and metro areas that have caused local facilities to lose staff to higher-paying facilities.

Senior care representatives claimed this difference in wages has created a staffing crisis for long-term care facilities and that they consistently have difficulty attracting and retaining adequate staff.

Read the original article at Kanabec County Times.