When Lawrence Schmieding’s brother started showing signs of advanced aging, Mr. Schmieding promised his brother that he would find someone to take care of him at home. He had no idea how hard it would be to keep that promise. Despite his substantial resources, Mr. Schmieding could not locate a caregiver with adequate skills to care for his brother in his home. Mr. Schmieding recognized there was a need for formal training specifically designed to prepare individuals to care for older adults in the home.
Mr. Schmieding’s personal experience and vision led to a generous gift from the Schmieding Foundation to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1998, establishing a 20-year endowment to construct and operate the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education.
The Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education is a premier, community-based center on aging, established on January 1, 1999. The Schmieding Center was the first Center on Aging (COA) in the state of Arkansas as part of the Arkansas Aging Initiative. As the first COA, the Schmieding Center became an operational model for other COAs to replicate. This includes a focus on improving health outcomes of older Arkansans in the region through interdisciplinary clinical care and innovative education programs as well as influencing health policy at the state and national levels.
The Schmieding Center also provides coordinated educational programs, consultations, and resources that address physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle needs of 65+ adults to promote healthy aging experience
Out of the endowment also came the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program. This evidence-based curricula addresses Mr. Schmieding’s quest to train professional as well as family caregivers to provide person-centered care that helps older adults stay healthy, happy, and safely at home.
Unlike other training curricula, the Schmieding curricula focuses on in-home caregiving, emphasizing the importance of providing person-centered, compassionate care. Furthermore, it promotes caregiving that encourages the elder’s independence while also preserving an elder’s dignity and respect.
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