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Industry groups launch online resource for senior living and care careers

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The Minnesota state partner of LeadingAge and Argentum and the state affiliate of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living have collaborated on an online resource meant to help prospective workers in senior living and care pursue career pathways.

Together, LeadingAge Minnesota, which also is the state partner of Argentum, and Care Providers of Minnesota, the AHCA/NCAL affiliate, represent more than 2,000 aging services organizations. includes resources that offer an in-depth look at six distinct career pathways in long-term care: social services and life enrichment; therapy and rehabilitation; housekeeping and maintenance; direct care and nursing; culinary and hospitality; and administration and operations support. 

“More job seekers are looking to making meaningful moves in their careers, and caregiving is more than a job — it’s a career that gives back to workers and the communities they serve,” Anna Mowry, director of workforce solutions at LeadingAge Minnesota, said in a joint statement from the organizations. 

The website provides a central resource for prospective workers to learn about the various career paths and be connected with employers. 

“A caregiving career is not one-size-fits-all; there are roles and opportunities across interests, skill sets and career paths, and each one offers personal fulfillment, flexibility and meaning,” Mowry added.

According to the results of a 2023 study by the Long-Term Care Imperative, a coalition that includes LeadingAge Minnesota and Care Providers of Minnesota, there were 18,500 positions open in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities throughout the state at that time. 

“We are facing a unique moment in Minnesota,” Nicole Mattson, president of strategic initiatives for Care Providers of Minnesota, said in a joint statement from the organizations. “When you combine a strong job market with an increased demand for care and a field that offers career growth opportunities across a wide range of skill sets, it makes for a really exciting time to enter the caregiving profession.”

CaringCareersStartHere is supported by the Minnesota Department of HealthLong-Term Care Workforce Capacity Building Project, with $733,400 in funding awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Source: McKnights Seniorliving

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