A bold new law signed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has the potential to dramatically improve the nursing home industry. The new Minnesota Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board Act will bring together workers, employers and government to set minimum workplace standards for the sector, which can address longstanding challenges in the industry.
Minnesota’s nursing homes have long faced a staffing shortage — leading seniors to struggle to find the care they need — a problem the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated. In fact, Minnesota’s nursing home worker shortage is viewed as the worst in the country. In many cases, nursing homes have to leave beds open because they don’t have enough workers to safely take on additional residents.
The above excerpt was originally published in Minnesota Reformer.
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