Minnesota trades places with No. 1-ranking Washington; both cited as “consistently leading the pack” of states for long-term care
Minnesota’s number two ranking in the AARP Long-term Services and Supports State Scorecard for older adults and people with disabilities continues to show the state’s strong leadership in providing services to those populations where and how they choose.
“Although Minnesota has enjoyed ranking number one on the scorecard the first two times it was issued, in 2011 and 2014, we are pleased to know that AARP considers Minnesota and Washington to be leading all of the 50 states with its long-term services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities,” Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said. “This is a result of Minnesota putting emphasis on services in people’s homes and communities, offering information so consumers can make informed choices, rewarding quality care and considering the needs of vital family caregivers.”
The scorecard ranks states based on their performance on long-term services and supports in affordability and access, choice of setting and provider, quality of life and quality of care, support for family caregivers and effective transitions between nursing homes, hospitals and homes.
AARP said the scorecards published in 2011, 2014 and 2017 all have somewhat different methodologies and indicator sets, due primarily to changes in data availability.
“Ranks are not directly comparable between years, but the results across all three editions of the Scorecard indicate that Washington and Minnesota are consistently leading the pack,” the report said.
With baby boomers beginning to turn 80 in 2026, states must accelerate the pace of improving long-term services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities, AARP said. While the scorecard shows that most states have made progress, the scorecard shows that “the pace of change overall remains too slow and has not kept up with demographic demands.