Caregiving: It’s About Compassion

When Staci Beranek was five or six years old, she visited her great-grandmother at an assisted living facility and the experience left a permanent impression. It helped inspire her to pursue a career caring for seniors, and she has now been a caregiver for almost seven years. As a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and TMA…

Caregiving: It’s About the Relationships

How would Lindsey Nelson describe being a caregiver? “The best way I can tell people who don’t work in healthcare is I go to work and have 65 grandmas and grandpas that I get to see Monday through Friday.” Nelson, a Household Coordinator at Three Links Care Center in Northfield, Minnesota, began caregiving at age…

LTCI forums generate discussion with MN candidates

Over the past couple of weeks, the Long-Term Care Imperative held nine legislative candidate forums all across the state. More than 50 candidates for the Minnesota House and Senate took part. A question that generated good discussion at every forum: what does Minnesota need to do to face severe senior care staffing shortages? There are…

New research reveals coming caregiver shortage

The number of family caregivers is shrinking just as the number of older adults is rising, a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds. By the year 2030, more than 25% of U.S. adults will be 65 or older. At the same time, the report suggests that the pool of…