The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program originated in Northwest Arkansas at the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education. The Schmieding Center is one of eight Centers on Aging, which make up the Arkansas Aging Initiative, a program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.
The program provides initial and continuing education for individuals seeking a career in home caregiving and training for family members and/or significant others caring for an older adult in the home.
Arkansas residents will have access to certified, competent and compassionate paraprofessional caregivers and informed family caregivers to care for older adults in the home.
The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training project educates individuals to care for older adults in the home using the Schmieding curriculum and method.
We believe that older adults have the right to remain in their homes and deserve access to competent and compassionate caregivers. The ”S” in Schmieding signifies the values of the program:
Skills-possession of knowledge and skills to make informed care decisions for adults in the home
Standards-criteria necessary to measure and ensure caregiving competency
Sensitivity-characteristics of compassion, empathy, caring, integrity, respect, advocacy, and responsibility instilled in students throughout the training program