THE ORIGIN OF THE SCHMIEDING PROGRAM
The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program was developed in Northwest Arkansas out of one family’s need for qualified home caregivers. After struggling to care for his ailing brother, Lawrence H. Schmieding recognized the need for a formal training program specifically designed to prepare individuals to care for older adults in the home. In 1998, a generous donation from the Schmieding Foundation to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences funded construction of a Center on Aging in Northwest Arkansas.
Since its inception in 1999, the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education’s Caregiver Training Program has prepared hundreds of individuals (both paid and family) to care for older adults in the home. The program has earned a reputation for producing quality home caregivers and has received official endorsement from Dr. Robert Butler, father of geriatric medicine. Distinguished visitors to the center include: William Thomas, MD, Marie Bernard, MD, Marion Somers, Governor Mike Beebe, Monica White, Naomi Feil, Senator Blanche Lincoln, and Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD., FAAN to name a few.
Generous funding from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation made it possible for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program to be replicated throughout the state of Arknasas. The project started in 2008 providing over 3 million in funding for startup and operation of caregiver training sites in Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, Texarkana and West Memphis. In 2012 the foundation provided nearly 8 million funding 4 additional sites in Ft. Smith, Little Rock, Hot Springs and El Dorado and the continuation of operations at the 4 intial locations.
The infrastructure of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Arkansas Aging Initiative program provides the framework and infrastructure to support the 8 replication programs.