Special report: Unchecked care in Minnesota

Chains bring major changes to wages, care in multibillion-dollar market.

Jerry Kerber, DHS inspector general, in November. “We don’t have one single bullet,” Kerber said of the state's fraud-fighting efforts. “But a

Minnesota falters in fight against home care fraud

Once a leader in preventing Medicaid theft, Minnesota now lags in prosecuting fraudulent home-care workers.
Teri Sernett, left, a personal care attendant, cared for Gary Jarvis with help from his wife, Linda, at the couple’s home.

Care aides get little to no training for life-and-death tasks

September 2, 2014
Many PCAs say they feel overwhelmed and unqualified as they struggle to help patients with serious illnesses and disabilities. In Minnesota, more than 100,000 care assistants serve some 36,000 vulnerable patients,
After a year of inconsistent help, Toni Mangskau and her siblings decided to care for their mom, Barbara Hatcher, at home.

The marketing of home care has shifted into high gear

December 14, 2014
The once-amicable and highly local business of home caregiving has become a multibillion-dollar industry marked by for-profit franchising and cutthroat competition.

The marketing of home care has shifted into high gear

December 14, 2014
The once-amicable and highly local business of home caregiving has become a multibillion-dollar industry marked by for-profit franchising and cutthroat competition.

Care aides get little to no training for life-and-death tasks

September 2, 2014
Many PCAs say they feel overwhelmed and unqualified as they struggle to help patients with serious illnesses and disabilities. In Minnesota, more than 100,000 care assistants serve some 36,000 vulnerable patients,

Star Tribune's Serres, Howatt win Loeb Award for home health care stories

June 24, 2015
  Star Tribune reporters Chris Serres and Glenn Howatt have won a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism, for a series of…

New low-wage job in Minnesota is in health care.

September 1, 2014
Openings are plentiful in low-wage areas such as home care, home aides.

Want to be a personal care assistant in Minnesota? Take the test

June 24, 2015
Questions that will help show what it's like to be a personal care assistant.

Graphic: Caregivers, tasks and who pays

August 17, 2014
Home caregivers' dramatically expanded roll in performing health care tasks in the home and the costs associated with paying for care in the U.S.

Helping the elderly in Rochester area

January 12, 2015
Children from the Rochester area team up to help their elderly parents face difficulties of old age.

Home-based caregivers under strain

January 12, 2015
A day in the life of home-based caregiver Teri Sernett illustrates the challenge many face.

Crystal Care owner defends management

January 12, 2015
Crystal Care co-owner Sally Knutson says other companies made it difficult to transfer clients with complicated needs.

Weak home care rules victimize the frail, sick

December 14, 2014
Home health care companies, which deploy more than 100,000 personal care assistants in Minnesota, operate without the kind of oversight that is routinely given to licensed care facilities such as nursing homes, and their workers are often low paid and poorly trained.

Independent resources on caregiving and help for older adults

December 16, 2014
The following are several free and independent resources on caregiving and help for older adults.

Weighing the stats on personal-care attendants and nursing homes

June 20, 2014
A look at the numbers, both monetary and population, comparing personal-care attendants and nursing homes in Minnesota and Nationally.