LeadingAge Minnesota is applauding Governor Tim Walz’s announcement that he is activating the Minnesota National Guard to form skilled nursing “response teams” to provide support to long-term facilities experiencing staffing shortages. LeadingAge Minnesota’s Kari Thurlow says it’s a good first step, but…

“We need to move forward and work with a bipartisan group of legislators to identify permanent solutions that can be put into place.”

Thurlow says there are currently about 23,000 open long-term caregiver positions across the state–and each month more employees are leaving than are being hired.