Long term care in North Dakota is state-funded, and it isn’t cheap. Last week, Gov. Doug Burgum announced his budget for the next biennium.
It includes a one percent inflationary increase for long-term facilities. Many say one percent isn’t enough.
Long term care facilities are facing budget and staffing issues.
According to the Long Term Care Association, two-thirds of facilities in the state are operating at a loss this year. As far as staffing numbers, there’s been a 60 percent turnover of CNAs in 2018, a 35 percent turnover in LPNs and a 37 percent turnover in registered nurses. In order to reduce those numbers, providers say they need to be able to offer better wages and benefits.