Schmieding Home Caregiver Training http://uamscaregiving.org Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:34:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://uamscaregiving.org/?v=4.4.5 Join us in Celebration of National Family Caregiver’s Month! http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/join-us-in-celebration-of-national-family-caregivers-month/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:59:18 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2279

Family Caregiving touches nearly every person in this country.  Whether it is helping care for a young person with a disability, providing support to an ill spouse or helping care for an older adult in the home thousands of people give selfishly of their time and resources to help improve the quality of life for those we love.

This November, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program would like to recognize the value of the many contributions family members provide by hosting opportunities for educational and community engagement throughout the state.

So, if you’re a family caregiver and want to reach out and connect with others or maybe you’re in need of information about programs and services in your area, we welcome you to join us in this celebration and hope you will attend one or more of the following programs.    See individual training location web pages for additional details and program registration information.

  • November 3- Alzheimer’s Research Update from the Alzheimer’s Association presented by Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., Senior Director, Medical and Scientific Operations for the Alzheimer’s Association, 4-6 p.m. UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education Auditorium, 2422 N. Thompson, Springdale, AR
  • November 3-Lincoln County Caregiver Appreciation Reception in Partnership with the Lincoln County Health Planning Committee, 3:00-5:30 p.m., Star City Civic Center, 201 Liberty Street, Star City, AR
  • November 4-Drew County Caregiver Appreciation Luncheon, In Partnership with Drew Heath, 11:30-1:00 p.m., Monticello Public Library 114 W. Jefferson Ave, Monticello, AR
  • November 7-Family Caregiver Workshop-Dementia, Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave Hot Springs, AR
  • November 9- UAMS National Family Caregiver Recognition Celebration and Proclamation,

Guest Speakers John Schall from the Caregiver Action Network and Joel Hopper with Kimberly Clark Corporation’s Caregiver Ally Program, 8:00a.m. -12:30p.m.  Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium, Reynolds Institute on Aging, 629 S. Jack Stephens Blvd. Little Rock, AR pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/join-us-as-we-celebrate-national-family-caregiver-month-tickets-27496022343

  • November 9- Caregiver Appreciation Day, 8a.m-12:00 noon, West Central Center on Aging Office, 512 West 16th Street, Fort Smith, AR
  • November 9-Caregiver Appreciation Day. 9:00-2:00p.m., A day of respite/ spa treatments and caregiver education, UAMS Texarkana Regional Center on Aging, Schmieding Classroom, 4010 Jefferson Ave, Texarkana, TX
  • November 10-Fearless Caregiver Program featuring national speaker and caregiving expert Gary Barg, 8:30-12:30p.m., Garland County Library, 1427 Malvern Ave, Hot Springs, AR
  • November 10-Family Caregiver Workshop – Dementia, 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. South Central Center on Aging, Schmieding Care House Classroom, 4747 Dusty Lake Dr, Ste 101, Pine Bluff, AR
  • November 12-The Irreplaceable Family Caregiver, Community Education Event, with guest appearance from Gary Barg, 9a.m.-12p.m., UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging, ground floor, 629 S. Jack Stephens Blvd. Little Rock, AR
  • November 15- South Arkansas Caregiver Celebration, 5:30-8:00p.m. Downtown square, El Dorado, AR
  • November 16- Family Caregiver Workshop-Dementia, 10a.m. to 4p.m., UAMS Reynolds Institute on Aging, Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Classroom, 629 S. Jack Stephens Blvd. Little Rock, AR
  • November 16- Caregiver Appreciation Event, 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. Speakers, Food, Vendors, Prizes and more! UAMS Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education Auditorium, 2422 N. Thompson, Springdale, AR
  • November 17- MORE (Mindfulness, Organize, Respite, Education), Dementia Conference for Family Caregivers 10a.m. – 4:00p.m., Ritter Communications Building, Ritter Community Room, 2400 Ritter Dr, Jonesboro, AR
  • November 17- Open House Event featuring “Alzheimer’s Experience: A Walk in Their Shoes”. UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Center, 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. , 101 McGowan Court, Hot Springs, AR
  • November 17-All I Want for Christmas: A Caregiver’s Wish List In Partnership with True Home Care, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (come and go), UAMS South Central Center on Aging, Schmieding Care House, 4747 Dusty Lake Drive, Ste 101, Pine Bluff, AR
  • November 23- National Caregiver Celebration, 10a.m.-12noon, Butterfield Place- Retirement Village, 8420 Phoenix Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72903
  • November 28 and 29-Family Caregiver Workshop-Basic Skills, 1-4p.m., UAMS Texarkana Regional Center on Aging, Schmieding Classroom, 4010 Jefferson Ave, Texarkana, TX
  • November 29- Dementia Family Caregiver Workshop, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., UAMS South Arkansas Center on Aging, El Dorado, AR

 

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Caregiving Tip of the Month – Dealing with constipation http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/september-2016-caregiving-tip-of-the-month-dealing-with-constipation/ Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:08:59 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2253

Constipation can be a common occurrence for an older adult, especially after an illness or hospitalization. Sitting on the commode for long periods of time can worsen the situation by increasing pressure in the lower colon and contribute to the development or inflammation of hemorrhoids. Certain medications also can worsen the situation by slowing down the natural movement of the gastrointestinal (GI) track.

There are some simple things caregivers can do to help their loved ones maintain a regular bathroom routine.

First, it is necessary to understand the importance of drinking enough fluids. Unless a person has been told by a physician to limit fluid intake, he should be drinking 6 to 8 glasses of fluids a day. This includes anything that is liquid at room temperature. While water and other beverages certainly contribute to the overall fluid intake, so do soup, Jell-O or even popsicles.

Second, the person needs enough fiber in their diet. Some older adults avoid eating things like apples and nuts because they are hard to chew. Soft foods, although easier to chew, do not have much fiber. Fiber can be easily be added to the diet in the form of a bran cereal or prune juice. Fruits such as apples can be cut up into small, bite-sized pieces and nuts can be chopped and added on top of other foods like sweet potatoes that are very high in fiber. Organic forms of fiber are always preferable to prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Last, and probably most importantly, is the need for regular activity. As we age, the mobility of our GI track can slow down. Daily walking, even short distances, can aid the intestinal track and help maintain regular bowel elimination.

If you have tried these things and it is still 3-4 days between bowel movements, you should consult your health care provider or ask for a dietary consultation to see if there are other food choices that can be made to improve natural GI mobility.

This caregiver tip is provided by the staff of the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program, your source for information and training on caregiving in Arkansas. For more information on how to manage bowel regularity or implement a toileting plan, attend a caregiver program in your area. Information on classes and free workshops for the community can be found on our website at www.uamscaregiving.org 

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The Birthday Project http://uamscaregiving.org/birthdays/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:00:05 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2071

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program!  What does that mean, exactly?

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Arkansans, Alzheimer’s and no cure in sight http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/arkansans-alzheimers-and-no-cure-in-sight/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:49:32 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2241

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive disease in the United States with the estimated cost for 2016 at $236 billion and is anticipated to rise to a trillion dollars by 2050. Alzheimer’s and related dementia care is provided by more than 15 million caregivers with an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care valued at over $221 billion. In the United States, one in three seniors will die from Alzheimer’s or related dementias, a 68 percent increase since 2000. (Alz.org)

With no cure in sight, the immense financial, emotional and physical nature of this disease must be faced by Arkansans with great care and urgency. Arkansas ranks ninth in the percentage of population over age 65, with half of those living in rural Arkansas with inadequate medical resources. Of the 75 counties in our state, 22 have no hospital and 46 have only one hospital. In addition, 14 percent of Arkansans 60 years and older are living below the poverty level. (HPSAs) (HRSA website 11/4/2014) Alzheimer’s disease is often accompanied by behavioral and psychological symptoms that are not typical

Arkansas ranks ninth in the percentage of population over age 65, with half of those living in rural Arkansas with inadequate medical resources. Of the 75 counties in our state, 22 have no hospital and 46 have only one hospital. In addition, 14 percent of Arkansans 60 years and older are living below the poverty level. (HPSAs) (HRSA website 11/4/2014)

Alzheimer’s disease is often accompanied by behavioral and psychological symptoms that are not typical to other diseases. Therefore, the unique challenges for paid and unpaid caregivers require quality education, training and information in order to ensure dignity for the older adult and a quality life for both the caregiver and patient. The UAMS Schmieding Caregiver Training Program provides specific programs for both paid and unpaid caregivers for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Paid caregivers can take the Alzheimer’s and dementia (AD) course that provides information and practical tips on managing behaviors such as wandering and resistance to daily hygiene. This course satisfies AR Code 21-1-701 et seq and Arkansas Department of Human Services Nursing Assistant Training Program commonly referred to as the “Barbara Broyles Alzheimer and Dementia Training.”

Unpaid caregivers can attend free dementia family caregiver workshops that provide an overview of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease along with topics such as communication techniques, understanding behaviors, nutrition, caregiver respect, maintaining good quality of care and dignity for the older adult.

UAMS also offers a new tour entitled Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Take a Walk in Their Shoes. This experience allows individuals to experience the physical and sensory disorders that are common in persons with Alzheimer’s disease allowing for greater empathy and understanding. This program can be requested for on-location training in nursing homes, communities of faith groups, or in collaboration with other senior events.

Since its inception, more than 6,200 people have attended Schmieding classes, 3,274 have graduated with certificates, and workshops have been presented to 1,238 family members.

These programs are provided on location and at seven regional Centers on Aging located throughout the state including, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, El Dorado, as well as the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in Little Rock.

Arkansas is the first to offer this type of training to caregivers statewide, and the UAMS Schmieding program has made it a national leader in caregiver training. Developed in 2002, the program was replicated throughout Arkansas thanks to a generous donation from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to the UAMS Arkansas Aging Initiative program. Since 2009, the foundation has provided more than $20 million dollars to the university to support operation of the programs in Arkansas.

Story featured in Arkansas Senior Resource Directory

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THV11 Features Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program’s Free Classes http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/thv11-features-schmieding-home-caregiver-training-programs-free-classes/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:21:43 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2232

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 24, 2016) – The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free family caregiver workshop September 14 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

The workshop will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at 629 Jack Stephens Drive. For more information or to register, please call 501-526-6500, or visit www.uamscaregiving.org.

See full article as featured on THV11.

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Training of Home Caregivers shown to decrease Hospital readmissions and lower healthcare costs http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/training-of-home-caregivers-shown-to-decrease-hospital-readmissions-and-lower-healthcare-costs/ Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:13:07 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2226

If you are caring for a loved one at home you may be interested to know that a recent study conducted with caregivers in California showed that basic caregiver education lowered the rate of hospitalizations in older adults.

Kaiser Health News

CaliforniaHealthline

In Arkansas, the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program provides free caregiver education to family caregivers and also offers certified caregiver classes throughout the state.  The program is operated under the Arkansas Aging Initiative and classes are ongoing.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday being a champion to our Older Adults in Arkansas. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/in-support/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:30:10 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2142

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday by serving a purpose for Older Adults in Arkansas. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/i-joined/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:29:32 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2140

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday in honor of my loved one. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/in-honor/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:29:00 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2138

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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This year I’m celebrating my birthday in memory of my loved one. http://uamscaregiving.org/blog/in-memory/ Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:27:45 +0000 http://uamscaregiving.org/?p=2135

I pledged my birthday for the Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program! What does that mean, exactly? It means I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday by raising money to provide high-quality training to caregivers in Arkansas and companionship and dignity for our older adults.

Use the “Share this Story” text and add the name of the person you pledged your birthday in support of! We will add their name and yours to our list of supporters.

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