The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program uses a formally written curriculum, designed by nurses, to teach both the certified and family caregiver courses. Each manual is comprehensive and contains everything the instructor needs to teach a class. The use of a formal curriculum ensures that every student receives consistent information throughout all levels of training and helps maintain the integrity of the program from one location to the next.

The Schmieding certified curriculum meets both federal and Arkansas state training requirements for both home health and nursing home care. It also incorporates the Arkansas state training requirements for personal care assistant and home health aide. The curriculum is uniquely designed to teach individuals to care for older adults in the home.

Certified Caregiver Training

Training is divided into three courses, each designed to assist individuals in advancing their caregiving skills and competency. All courses meet state and federal guidelines and are taught by licensed nurses and other health care professionals. Students who successfully complete all three certified classes may be eligible to take the Arkansas Certified Nurse Aide Exam.

In-Home Assistant (IHA)

The In-Home Assistant (IHA) course contains 40 hours of content (ten 4-hour modules) and provides basic instruction on caregiving in the home. Participants receive information and skills training on topics necessary for providing support and assistance to older adults requiring minimal to moderate assistance. The course focuses heavily on the "hands-on" personal skills needed to care for someone requiring minimum to moderate assistance.

Home Care Assistant (HCA)

The Home Care Assistant course contains 60 hours of content and builds on the skills and concepts learned in the In-Home Assistant course. The Home Care Assistant course focuses on the more advanced caregiving skills for in-home and long-term care settings. In the Home Care Assistant curriculum, 26.5 hours are dedicated to classroom instruction, 17.5 hours are allotted for skills practice and competency, and 16 hours are allocated for off-site clinical experience.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Training (Certified AD)

Participants will learn about common causes of aggressive, repetitive and sundowning behaviors, care interventions that can prevent or reduce difficult situations, and learn techniques on how to reduce caregiver stress. This course meets criteria for those who qualify and are pursuing certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner. The course is open to health care professionals and family caregivers.

Other information in this course includes managing end of life care, self care, and maintaining respect, dignity, and quality of life of the individual with dementia. Successful completion of this course requires a passing score of 80% or better on a written test. This course has no prerequisites and is recommended for anyone caring for someone with dementia in the home, adult day care or institutional setting.

This course satisfies AR Code 20-10-701 et seq and the AR State Department of Human Services Nursing Assistant Training Program regulations requirement for 15 hours of training commonly referred to as the "Barbara Broyles Alzheimer and Dementia Training."

Caregiver Directory

The Caregiver Directory is a database of graduates seeking private employment. To remain listed in the directory, graduates must attend 12 hours of Schmieding approved continuing education each year.

Family Caregiver Training

Family Caregiver Workshops are designed to increase family members' knowledge of caregiving and introduce them to caregiving skills needed to care for an older adult in the home. Information on caregiver resources are also provided. CLICK HERE to learn when these classes are offered.

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