Speaker of House Kurt Daudt Witnesses Benefits of Senior Care Reform

On its Perspectives blog, Presbyterian Homes & Services wrote about a recent visit from Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt with residents and staff of Lake Minnetonka Shores, a Presbyterian Homes & Services senior living community located in Spring Lake, MN.

Speaker Daudt highlighted how senior care reform passed during the 2015 legislative session with his support is doing what it’s intended to do: improve recruitment and retention of good caregivers, so that older Minnesotans could receive quality care from experienced staff.

“We wanted to pass legislation that didn’t have too many strings attached and allowed each care center to use the resources in a way that helped their employees the most in increased pay,” said Speaker Daudt. “Ultimately we hope it means that you can take even better care of the folks you care for and that their quality of life improves.”

Thanks to the 2015 senior care reform, Presbyterian Homes & Services is one of many senior care providers across the state that is increasing wages and other benefits to attract and retain qualified and dedicated workers in a very competitive job market. Nurses and nursing assistants are receiving some of the most significant wage increases, bringing their pay into closer alignment with hospitals and other health care facilities.

“These reforms allow us to compensate our staff in a way that reflects the hard work and dedication they give to residents on a daily basis,” said Rob Lahammer, Campus Administrator of Lake Minnesota Shores. “We now have the ability to compensate our workforce at a competitive wage so that we can recruit and retain talented individuals.”

Presbyterian Homes is joining other providers in also offering more competitive employee health benefit packages, as well as educational scholarships to help workers advance their caregiving skills.

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