Schmieding Method of Training
The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program emphasizes quality instruction using a formally written curriculum and low student-teacher ratios. This “dedication to quality” has evolved into what is now referred to as the “Schmieding Method” of training home caregivers.
The “Schmieding Method” of training home caregivers also emphasizes the importance of the learning environment. It is our belief that students who learn in a positive supportive learning environment develop a higher level of confidence and are more competent performing care in an individual’s home. This is why each of our learning laboratories emulates a realistic home-like environment and contains a classroom that is well equipped and conducive to learning.
Finally, the Schmieding Method is not just about what we teach, or where we teach, it is also about how we teach. Instructors at the Schmieding Center select teaching strategies that integrate the values of integiety, dignity and respect coupled with a variety of interactive teaching methods to enhance the learning experience.
OUR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY
Quality training is very important to us. The Schmieding Home Caregiver training model purposely uses a low teacher to student ratio so that each student can receive individualized instruction and adequate supervision. To ensure each student receives quality training the Schmieding programs uses the following quality indicators:
- Well trained instructors
- Structured learner-centered curriculum
- A combination of didactic and clinical experiences
- A realistic home-like environment for skills practice
- Appropriate equipment and supplies
- Interactive teaching strategies
- Low student teacher ratio – Based on years of experience teaching nurse aides, the Schmieding Center staff recommends no more than 12 students in class and a student/teacher ratio of six-to-one in the teaching lab.
- Monthly continuing education programs on geriatric topics
- Ongoing process and outcomes evaluation
Each program has appropriate equipment and supplies to teach the students. In addition, the CareHouse contains many unique items such as specialty clothing, adaptive equipment, and mobility devices which add to the learning process. Students are exposed to speciality equipment that can make caring for the older person easier and safer. All Schmieding Certified programs are taught in facilities that are clean, safe, comfortable, well lit, and have appropriate space and equipment to accommodate the needs of the students.
Our classrooms are safe, non-threatening, comfortable, quiet, and have appropriate desks or tables and chairs for instructors and students. Classrooms also contain quality audio visual equipment, appropriate teaching models, and visual stimuli intended to stimulate the learning process.
The term CareHouse is used to designate the area utilized for skills check-off. Each Center’s Carehouse is separate from the classroom and contains a simulated home containing a living/bedroom/bathroom/kitchen and appropriate equipment for teaching home caregiver skills.
Each of our instructors undergoes an extensive orientation process at the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education of Northwest Arkansas. The first orientation includes 3 days introduction to the Schmieding Method of teaching and explanation of the teaching model and curriculum. The second orientation is 4 days long and prepares the instructors to teach the class. Quality visits are conducted to the distance site upon initial set up and annually thereafter to ensure the fidelity of the program and the quality of the instruction.