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The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training project educates individuals to care for older adults in the home using the Schmieding curriculum and method.
The purpose of this program is to increase the numbers of individuals in Arkansas who are trained to care for older adults, especially those who wish to remain in their own homes. The goal is to train paid and unpaid caregivers who will provide much needed care for older adults in the home setting.
After completing the 115 hours of training, students become a Geriatric Home Caregiver and are prepared to provide care specifically for older adults in the home environment. Additionally, after completing the 115 hours, students may take the examination to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Arkansas. The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program also provides monthly continuing education training opportunities to ensure enduring caregiving knowledge and skills competencies for its graduates. Graduates who complete the program training module(s) and complete 12 hours of continuing education per year have their names included in a Caregiver Directory that is available to the public.