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St. Mark's Awarded Grant to Address Workforce Shortages

August 03, 2017 06:21 PM

(ABC 6 News) - As Americans get older, there's a growing shortage of people to provide aging services.  Now, one area senior facility has gotten some financial assistance to help meet the demand.

"The grant will really help us focus on recruitment," said Cheryl Corey, Human Resources Director at St. Mark’s Living in Austin.

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St. Mark's has been awarded a Workforce Solutions grant of nearly $25,000 from LeadingAge Minnesota, the state's largest association of aging-services providers.

"The goal is for individual organizations to get innovative, to take that money and get creative in how to address workforce shortages," said St. Mark’s Executive Director, Murray Finger.

"We're a nursing home, we need nurses, but we also need resident assistants.  We need certified nursing assistants, dietary, maintenance, it's just important that in a facility like ours we have good quality workers," said Corey.

“Fortunately we're not starting from scratch,” explained Finger, “we're going to try to enhance a program of peer mentorship."

Corey adds, "It makes your day much easier when you're brand new on your first day when you come in knowing you can shadow someone and they'll take you from one part of the building to the other and introduce you to staff and residents. it just will make the transition easier... When you place your parents here or your spouse  or any loved one you want to make sure that you have the right people taking care of them, that the quality of care is there."

Studies have shown that most turn-over in senior care happens in the first 90 days of employment, "And so this seed money is going to help us take what we've learned so far and move forward with more initiatives to make it attractive," said Finger.


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