Lauren Thompson shown smiling, wearing a black top with a sash over it with the text, Miss Wheelchair America 2017 and Minnesota stitched on it

Lauren Thompson, Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota 2016, has been caught up in the very same home health care crisis that she used her platform to spotlight.“The workforce shortage has made it unsafe for me to rely on personal care assistance,” says Thompson, 30, a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy.

Since moving out of her childhood home in 2011, Thompson initially lived in a group home for people with disabilities. She t