It’s bad enough when the nation’s current workforce shortage limits hours at a restaurant or a store. It’s something else entirely when it limits care for the elderly and other vulnerable people.

Statewide, some 23,000 care positions are unfilled. Seven in 10 care facilities in Minnesota have had to turn away potential residents because they are short staffed. And that has also been true for 3 in 10 assisted living facilities. Twenty-four facilities in the state are on the verge of outright closure.

Two of the state’s largest long-term care trade associations, Leading Age Minnesota and Care Providers Minnesota, sounded the alarm, noting that low wages, stress and fatigue are to blame for an inability to keep staff rosters full.

One official said, “I’m afraid this is going to get worse. … We need to invest in our caregivers before it’s too late.”

We agree. Thumbs down to a phenomenon in which invaluable caregivers aren’t being treated with the value and respect they deserve.

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This other view is the opinion of the editorial board of our sister publication, the Rochester Post Bulletin.