State Government Shutdown: Assisted Living Affected

By KBJR News 1

June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM CDT

Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A cloud of uncertainty remains for Minnesota agencies waiting for a budget compromise.

Last week Governor Mark Dayton didn't include Aging Services in Minnesota on his list of Essential Agencies to receive funding during a July 1st shutdown.

Back in 2001 and 2005 when the government had a minimal shutdown, Aging Services were deemed a critical service and funding continued.

While many assisted living facilities in the area fear what the impact will be on their services, the Lighthouse Assisted Living in Cloquet says for now, they're in a comfortable financial situation.

"For us as a company I feel like we're financially in a good place so I don't feel like it's going to really impact us, but I feel like there may be some companies out there that may not be in that kind of position," said Dave Keller of Lighthouse in Cloquet.

As a government freeze nears the July first deadline, Aging Services of Minnesota is trying to prepare for the worst.

They're advising their Assisted Living communities to talk to local bankers and assess their cash situations to survey how long they could last without state funding.

A District court hearing on Thursday, will allow Aging services to lobby for being put on the list of critical services.