Caregiver crisis impacting the state of Wisconsin

Published: Sep. 20, 2018 at 8:10 PM CDT
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Community members came together Thursday to learn more about the caregiver crisis across Wisconsin.

The presentation took place at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie. The discussion focused on how the state is experiencing a long-term workforce crisis.

Organizers say there are multiple reasons for the shortage including fewer caregivers entering the field and increase of people needing care. They say this downward trend was predicted several decades ago.

“The biggest issue that we're feeling, the crunch now because it hasn't been dealt with, it has been ignored, it has been swept under the rug that this is gonna come to a level, where people are not going to get caregivers” said Rita Simon with Citizen Action of Western Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin nearly 600,000 people are providing care to a loved one at home.