Schmieding Home Caregiver Training http://uamscaregiving.org Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:47:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://uamscaregiving.org/?v=4.4.2 The Last Things a Caregiver Needs to Hear – and the First http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/the-last-things-a-caregiver-for-a-loved-one-needs-to-hear-and-the-first/ Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:12:36 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=1496

Have you ever said the wrong thing? Of course you have. You’re human. And when it comes to speaking to caregivers, conversations can be especially fraught.

Statistics Canada tells us more than eight million Canadians provide care to a chronically ill or disabled loved one. That’s a lot of people that are going through caregiving journeys, and if you are not one of them, you may find yourself putting your foot in your mouth unknowingly.

…read the full story at  The Globe and Mail

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UAMS/Schmieding Working to Promote Respite Statewide http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/uamsschmieding-working-to-promote-respite-statewide/ Fri, 19 Feb 2016 19:09:54 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=876

Beginning this April, Arkansas residents will have an opportunity to participate in free Respite training around the state.  The programs, funded by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, are being offered by the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Staff for the purpose of building a statewide cadre of volunteer respite providers.

For those who are not familiar with Respite, it can be described quite simply as the act of providing a break from caregiving so the caregiver/family member can have time do something fun, necessary, or otherwise impossible due to the responsibilities of caregiving.

Respite care is among the most critically necessary and beneficial family support services and 64% of Arkansas Caregivers say they need it!  Unfortunately, right now only about 10% of these caregivers actually receive it.  There are many barriers to getting respite, one of them being the lack of people willing to volunteer as respite providers.  This is where the UAMS/Schmieding Program staff hopes to make a difference.

Throughout the next two years staff from the UAMS/Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program will organize respite training classes at eight different locations throughout Arkansas.  Working with church groups, civic organizations and anyone else willing to partner or help get the word out.

Family caregivers provide over $450 billion dollars’ worth of care every year saving thousands in Medicaid dollars which would otherwise be needed to pay for institutional care.  Isn’t it time we help support them?

If you have extra time, are a student needing volunteer hours or maybe you would like to start a respite program with your church, we encourage you to attend one of these trainings.  You will find an entire community of people who are involved in helping others.  Providing respite in your community can be done one day a week, or one weekend a year or whatever suites your personal goal of giving.  Volunteer respite providers experience the joy of helping others, make new friends and learn caregiving skills which can come in handy when caregiving for family members.

Dates and locations and registration information for Respite training are available on the Choices in Living Website http://www.choicesinliving.ar.gov/alrc.html or interested parties can call the AR Choices in Living Center at 1-(866)-801-3435.

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Insight Into Caregiving http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/insight-into-caregiving/ Thu, 18 Feb 2016 17:58:18 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=870

Review of a JAMA study by Sherry White, MNSC, RN-BC

New research published in February, 2016 JAMA provides insight on family members and other unpaid caregivers who assist older adults.

The aim of the research conducted by Wolff and his team was to examine “how caregivers’ involvement in older adults’ healthcare activities related to caregiving responsibilities, supportive services use, and caregiving-related effects”.  Researchers looked at information provided by 1,739 family and Unpaid caregivers and found that “family caregivers providing substantial assistance with health care experience significant emotional difficulty and role-related effects, yet only one-quarter use supportive services” Wolff (2016). JAMA Intern Med. DOI: 10.100/jamainternmed.2015.7664.

More troubling was that the “caregivers providing substantial help with health care activities were more than 5 times as likely to experience participation restrictions in valued activities and more than 3 times as likely to experience work productivity loss” Wolff (2016).

Experts agree that the contributions of family members and unpaid caregivers often go under recognized by both healthcare agencies and employers alike.  The strains and impacts to family members providing care for older adults is also expected to increase as the baby boomers age and more family members take on caregiving tasks.

The act of caregiving is often thought of in the kindest, mildest terms such as “helping with care” or “looking after” a loved one but the realities are pretty contrast.  Family caregiving and the tasks related to it are often difficult and complex, and go far beyond “helping” with medications to monitoring complex health conditions and providing hands on physical skills such as lifting, bathing and feeding.

To anyone who hasn’t experienced it, the realities of balancing work and caregiving responsibilities are often overwhelming and leave little time for rest and relaxation.  The mental strain of trying to focus on work deadlines knowing that someone is waiting or depending on you at home can too be exhausting even over a short period of time.

Research such as Wolff’s can be used to help support positive changes in healthcare policies that allow for greater support of family caregivers.   Keeping families together and in the home is far less expensive than institutional care and the cost of a test such as a MRI or PET scan could go a long way to paying for in-home support.  Community leaders should plan now for what soon is to become a huge socioeconomic stressor of a growing elderly population.

Programs such as caregiver training workshops, support groups, respite and adult day care can greatly help family members and are relatively inexpensive if operated in partnership with local community organizations.   Healthcare systems need to take a leadership role and reach out to academia, employer assistance programs and other local stakeholders such as faith based organizations and local non-profits such as the United Way to help support continuation or establishment of these programs and assist with fund raising efforts.

Sherry White is a registered nurse and Project Director for the UAMS, Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program.  The program is operated by the Arkansas Aging Initiative at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and supported by a grant by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.  For more information on caregiver training in Arkansas go to www.uamscaregiving.org or email slwhite2@uams.edu

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Caregiving 2016: What more can be done? http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/caregiving-2016-what-more-can-be-done/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:23:03 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=854

“More needs to be done” was one of the many suggestions contained in the final report from the Whitehouse Conference on Aging regarding the topic of the Direct Care Workforce.   So, for this our first “official post” of the new year I am asking you, our followers, to think about what more you might do to be certain that every older adult who needs one, has access to a well-trained home caregiver.

Speaking up about caregiving and sharing information and opinions about caregiving responsibilities is something we can all do and may be the spark that starts the conversation in your community.

If you are a family member and plan on helping to care for a family member, make time to talk to your loved one about what they want and how they wish to be cared for and plan in advance by taking a caregiving course to learn what services and supports are available in your community.  Taking a course can be extremely helpful and help decrease the stress of caregiving. http://uamshealth.com/news/2015/11/10/caregiver-acquires-insights-through-schmieding-program/

If you are currently caring for an older adult, realize you are not alone and what you know may help others.  Share what you know with people in your work, church or neighborhood.  What works for you, what you would do differently, and talk to legislators about what you think can be done to improve local supports.

If you’re an employer, survey employees (anonymous) to find out how and if caring for an older adult is in their near future.  If you have many employees think about how their caregiving responsibilities will impact their work and quality of life.  The facts are that 7 in 10 caregivers interviewed are currently working caregivers.  These individuals likely won’t be able to afford to quit work to care for their parents or they simply don’t want to and likely neither do you.  Is there a way to support them by including elder care options in benefit packages?  Does your community have an adult day care, classes or assisted living options?  Maybe it is time to invite someone in to talk to your employees about local supports.

If you work for the government and oversee programs can more be done to support access to part time caregivers, provide respite care, assistance with meals, bathing or activities as opposed to paying for nursing home care?  What technology can be used to help people safely stay in their homes, support medication compliance and prevent readmissions and complications?   Can we fund scholarships and/or create tuition benefits for people willing to work as paid caregivers in return for reduced tuition for nursing or other healthcare education.  What about the creation of a home caregiver network/or coalition for families?

If you’re an educator, think about how eldercare impacts your students.  Many grandparents are cared for and live with their grandchildren.  Is there a need for special supports for these students to help them stay in school.  Can caregiving topics such as hand washing, peri-care and body mechanics be included in health classes?

Maybe you’re a nurse or social worker in your community.  Is there more you can do to educate family caregivers about resources in your community?  Maybe your hospital or community should offer training for family members or home care workers. Current shortages of paid caregivers will only get worse, is there something we can do to share this workforce across settings in communities? What more can we do to help retain these workers, insurance, benefits?

If you have ties to a community board, participate on a community foundation or maybe you’re a private donor, make this year the year you focus on elder caregiving.  Support is and will continue to be needed to pay for the education of this workforce since these students generally don’t qualify for federal student aid.

The impact of caring for the baby boomers will soon be upon us.  We will need a large number of people willing and capable of helping care for those who wish to remain in their homes.  Make this year the year you consider what can be done, what needs to be done and then make a commitment to take action in your community to support solutions.  For more information about caregiver classes go to our website http://uamscaregiving.org/become-a-caregiver/ or register for class at https://reg126.imperisoft.com/UAMS/Location/Registration.aspx

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Caregiving Enriches Caregiver, Leads to Rewarding Career http://uamshealth.com/news/2015/11/17/caregiving-enriches-caregiver-leads-to-rewarding-career/ Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:47:54 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=837

Long lives can radiate wisdom and even joy. Home caregiver Sue Carter, of Elkins, knows an invisible benefit of her chosen occupation is being able to bask in that radiant warmth.

Sue has been caring for and learning from older adults for more than 15 years. In the 1990s, at the urging of a friend, she became employed as a home caregiver. She cooked, she changed sheets and did the everyday things older and disabled people no longer could do for themselves. No formal training was available at that time, but Sue was able to learn some life lessons in the course of caring for others.

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Daughter See Aging Through Mother’s Eyes http://uamshealth.com/news/2015/11/10/caregiver-acquires-insights-through-schmieding-program/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:59:35 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=828

When Denise Henderson contacted the UAMS Schmieding Caregiver Program, she was searching for help in knowing the best way to care for her mother, who had trouble seeing and breathing.

Henderson’s mother, who lived in Hot Springs, had glaucoma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a disease in which a person’s internal airflow is restricted.

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Daughter Finds Help as Caregiver for Aging Parents http://uamshealth.com/news/2015/11/04/daughter-finds-help-as-caregiver-for-aging-parents/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:57:57 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=826

Cora Lee and Arthur “Ott” Ray had been partners in life for many years as they raised their children in Hot Springs.

So when Cora Lee — long after the children had grown up and moved away — was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Ott took that partnership another step as he helped his wife navigate through memory loss and the mental confusion caused by the disease.

And when Ott began losing his vision due to macular degeneration, it was Cora Lee who served as his eyes, helping him navigate through the physical world.

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November is National Family Caregiver’s Month http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/november-is-national-family-caregivers-month/ Tue, 03 Nov 2015 14:46:28 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=821

November is National Family Caregiver’s Month and a time for us to recognize those who selfishly provide care for one or more family members.  Family Caregivers are not paid for what they do and more often than not, it is their efforts that helps prevent someone from having to go into a nursing home.  National statistics show that the majority of family caregivers are women, mothers and full time employees.  In fact 7/10 family caregivers interviewed reported working full time.  

The National Alliance for Caregiving estimates that Family Caregivers make up 29% of the U.S. adult population.  The Alzheimer’s Association estimates 43.5 million of adult family caregivers care for someone 50+ years of age and 14.9 million care for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

During the month of November join us and say thanks to someone you know who is a family caregiver.  If you want to do something nice in recognition for what they do, offer to give them an afternoon or weekend off from caregiving.   

If you are a family caregiver in need of help or would like to know more the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program offers free workshops throughout the year in all parts of the state.  Below is a list of locations and dates during the months of November and December.     

  • Texarkana          November 2 & 3  Caring for the person with Dementia
  • Hot Springs        November 2      Caring for the person with Dementia
  • Jonesboro          November 3      ALS Information Session and Support group meeting 
  • Jonesboro          November 4 & 5 Caring for the person with Dementia
  • El Dorado          November 5      Caring for the person with Dementia
  • Fort Smith /Ozark           November 12    Basic Skills for the family caregiver
  • FS/Cedarville     November 17th Basic Skills for the family caregiver
  • FS/Morrilton     November 18    Basic Skills for the family caregiver
  • FS/Paris              November 24    Basic Skills for the family caregiver
  • Little Rock          December 3       Caring for the person with Dementia
  • Pine Bluff           Dec. 3 & 4          Caring for the person with Dementia

Phone numbers for each location are listed at http://uamscaregiving.org/contact-us/ 

Please call or email for additional information and to register. 

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UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Program Gets $7.9 Million from Donald W. Reynolds Foundation http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/uams-schmieding-home-caregiver-program-gets-7-9-million-from-donald-w-reynolds-foundation/ Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:04:07 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=781

LITTLE ROCKIn another act of philanthropy to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) before ceasing operations, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has given a $7.9 million grant to the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program.

The $7.9 million grant will support operations for five years at the Schmieding program’s seven training sites around Arkansas. The program provides education and skills training to family members and paid caregivers caring for older adults in the home, allowing older adults to have choices about how they are cared for.

“The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation’s support has been critically important to the success of the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Program,” said Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Institute on Aging. “We are grateful to the foundation for this grant and for their continuing visionary support of all our programs, and thank them for their continued support of the training program.”

Every day, 10,000 American baby boomers turn 65, and the number of retirees will double in the next decade. The training and education of home caregivers through the Schmieding program means families will have the option of keeping their loved one at home, called aging in place, instead of having to move them to an assisted living or a skilled-nursing facility.

It will also provide a better-prepared workforce and establish a pipeline that paid caregivers can use to advance in their work in health care. The program provides dementia training for paid caregivers as well as family caregivers, which is critical now that people are living longer. More than 5 million people in the United States have age-related dementia.

According to the recent study Caregiving in the U.S, sponsored by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute, of those caregivers providing 21 or more hours of care per week, 84 percent said they could use more information on or help with caregiving topics.

The training program was inspired by Lawrence H. Schmieding, who 20 years ago struggled to find competent, compassionate home care for an older brother with dementia. In 1998, the Schmieding Foundation donated $15 million to UAMS to establish and support the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education in Springdale, which developed the curriculum and training program.

After its initial success in Springdale, a $2.9 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation in 2009 to the Arkansas Aging Initiative, a program of the UAMS Institute on Aging, helped replicate the Schmieding Caregiver Training program in Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, West Memphis and Texarkana in its first phase. A phase II grant of $7.7 million in 2012 from the Reynolds Foundation sustained the initial programs and added four more sites in Fort Smith, Little Rock, Hot Springs and El Dorado.

Robin McAtee, Ph.D., has led development of this initiative since the beginning of Phase I and will continue to do so. One of the largest private foundation grants UAMS has received this year, this final grant brings the Reynolds Foundation’s total giving to the Schmieding program to more than $18.5 million.

With this most recent grant, the foundation will have given $97.5 million to UAMS, with $94.3 million of that going to the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, which includes the caregiver training program. This makes the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation one of the largest donors in UAMS history.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Donald W. Reynolds was the founder and principal owner of Donrey Media Group. When he died in 1993, the company included more than 70 businesses, most in the communications/media field. Headquartered in Las Vegas, the Foundation has committed over $265 million to improving the lives of elderly people in Arkansas and throughout the United States.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,890 students and 782 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com, or find us on Facebook.

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UAMS/Schmieding Staff teams up with the Broyles Foundation to educate caregivers in NWA http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/uamsschmieding-staff-teams-up-with-the-broyles-foundation-to-educate-caregivers-in-nwa/ Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:16:26 +0000 http://arcaregiving.org/?p=768

Over one hundred people turned out Saturday at the Fellowship church in Rogers to learn about caregiving and Alzheimer’s disease. UAMS/Schmieding staff Sherry White MNS,c, RN-BC co-presented along with Betsy Broyles Arnold and Molly Arnold from the Frank and Barbara Broyles Legacy Foundation. Speakers presented information about Alzheimer’s disease progression, gave personal testimony about caring for the caregiver and provided a brief caregiver demonstration on hands on skills and caregiver safety.  Participants at the program were encouraged to learn as much as possible about the disease and additional caregiver resources training in the community.  Participants received a free copy of Coach Broyles Playbook containing tips and strategies for caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s Dementia, information on additional caregiver classes in the community and online resources for encouragement, support, education, medical equipment and specialty clothing.       

Pictured from left to Right Molly Arnold, Sherry White and Betsy Broyles

Pictured from left to Right Molly Arnold, Sherry White and Betsy Broyles

Information distributed at the program

Information distributed at the program

Betsy Broyles Arnold surrounded by examples of useful caregiver supplies

Betsy Broyles Arnold surrounded by examples of useful caregiver supplies

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