General Questions

Representing a collaborative effort of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging (RIOA) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Northwest Health System, the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education is a premier community-based center for healthy living in the second half of life. The Schmieding Center addresses the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle needs of older adults with care, compassion and competency.
The Schmieding Center is a non-profit organization moving towards long-term self-sustainability. The generosity of the Springdale-based Schmieding Foundation, based on a limited grant through a donation by Lawrence H. Schmieding, has been the primary funding source for the Schmieding Center. With the lifetime of the grant designated to support the Schmieding Center through its formative years coming to a close, the future of the Schmieding Center depends heavily on the support of the community through grants and donations, as well as on proceeds generated by its new Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. (Community Aging Resources, Education, and Support) program.
There are multiple ways in which you can contribute to the ongoing success of the Schmieding Center, from volunteering your time at the office or during special events to making monetary donations. Your continued dedication, help and involvement are deeply appreciated. Please see our Contribute page at the top for more information.
The Schmieding Center in Springdale and our three outreach centers in Bella Vista, Harrison and Mountain Home provide high-quality educational programs. Every year, the centers provide nearly 1,200 educational programs for healthcare professionals, paraprofessionals and the community at large. Some of the events require registration and a fee, while many are free and don’t require registration. A full listing of upcoming events is available on the Schmieding Center event calendar. Our fully featured calendar enables you to subscribe to newly added events, download event information, share events with friends or even receive reminder emails or text messages.
The Schmieding Center in Bella Vista is an outreach site, while the Schmieding Center in Springdale serves as the main headquarters. However, the Schmieding Center’s entire breadth of services is accessible by contacting either facility.
We provide caregiving consultations, aging resources, certified home caregiver training, community learning opportunities, continuing education for health professionals, aging information, referral, and consultation services through our new Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. (Community Aging Resources, Education and Support) program, and specialized geriatric healthcare to promote a healthy and harmonious aging experience.
No, the Schmieding Developmental Center, also located in Springdale, Arkansas, provides comprehensive developmental assessments of children from birth to 18 years of age.
The Schmieding Center has the Aging Resource Center at the Springdale location (Open 8a-5p Monday-Friday) and the Health Resource Center at the Bella Vista location (Open 10a-2p Monday-Friday) available for free public use. Drop in anytime and talk to our knowledgeable center clerks about the latest resources available to help you engage in healthy living. If you are interested in planning to enhance your own aging experience or to improve the quality of life for an older adult, contact Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. (Community Aging Resources, Education, and Services) at 479.361-8880.
Please contact one of our Geriatric Care Managers at Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. for a free consultation at 479.361.8880.

Becoming a Professional Home Caregiver

The Schmieding Center offers Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training Program classes in four levels, contributing over 7,500 hours of training annually for tomorrow’s professional home caregiving workforce. There are four levels of training available as part of the Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training Program. Each level builds on the previous one to increase your knowledge and competency in skills. Please refer to our class calendar, and plan to attend a mandatory General Information Session (GIS), which is available on a monthly basis. At the GIS, we will explain the details of the application process.
The tuition for Elder Pal (EP) is $125 and includes 25 hours of training. The tuition for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Training (AD) is $75 and includes 16 hours of training. The tuition for Personal Care Assistant (PCA) is $100 and includes 25 hours of training. The tuition for Home Care Assistant (HCA) is $185 and includes 50 hours of training. Geriatric Home Caregiver (GHC) is the title earned by graduates who successfully complete all four levels of the Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training program.
If you are considering applying for the program, please refer to the class calendar to see when the next series of Elder Pal (EP) classes start. A mandatory General Information Session (GIS) is offered monthly to provide an overview of the program as well as of the application process.
No, the Schmieding Center provides the training only. However, successful completion of the program will earn you the title of Geriatric Home Caregiver, and program graduates are eligible to challenge the state certification examination for Certified Nursing Assistant. To find employment, you can work independently as a professional home caregiver, or you can choose to be represented through a caregiver agency.
Based on polls of past graduates, caregivers can earn $8-$12 per hour. The average salary of a caregiver according to online sources is around $20K. Factors that may affect earnings include where you choose to work, whether you are working independently or for an agency, the market area and whether you are being paid by Medicare or by the family.
The Caregiver Directory is a database of graduates who are interested in providing home care. The directory includes the graduate’s name, training level, contact info, availability and geographic work area. Those seeking to hire a Schmieding certified trained caregiver may obtain the list by contacting us. To be listed on the Caregiver Directory, you must first complete the Elder Pal course. To remain listed on the Caregiver Directory, you are required to attend 12 hours of continuing education every year. For graduates who do not want to be included in the Caregiver Directory, there is an option to opt out of being listed.
Students may pay for each level as they go. To reserve your spot for any of the four course levels, you must submit a deposit of $50 for EP, AD and PCA or $75 for HCA. The remaining balance of the tuition is due on the first day of class in form of a check, cash or a money order.
At the mandatory General Information Session (GIS), you will learn about the Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Program as well as the application process. As part of the application process, we will take down and call on your references and conduct a personal interview with you. If your application is approved, you will have the opportunity to reserve your spot in the training program.

Hiring A Professional Caregiver

Hiring an independent caregiver may cost $8-$12 or more per hour, depending on the caregiver’s certifications and your market area.
Training is important because proper knowledge and skills competency are essential in a caregiver to ensure a safe care environment for everyone involved. Without the necessary certified home caregiver training, injuries may result or treatable conditions may go unnoticed to the detriment of the care recipient. Some older adults with chronic conditions many be more susceptible than other to illness or injury. Geriatric Home Caregivers with Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training are advocates for their care recipients and know how to detect warning signs and condition changes, as well as what information to report.
Training is important because proper knowledge and skills competency are essential in a caregiver to ensure a safe care environment for everyone involved. Without the necessary certified home caregiver training, injuries may result or treatable conditions may go unnoticed to the detriment of the care recipient. Some older adults with chronic conditions many be more susceptible than other to illness or injury. Geriatric Home Caregivers with Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training are advocates for their care recipients and know how to detect warning signs and condition changes, as well as what information to report.
Thoroughly interview at least 2-3 people when reviewing potential caregiver candidates. Providing care for someone entails many things, so remember to look at a multitude of factors specific to your situation and to ask the right questions. Find out whether the caregiver has any advanced or specialized training in dementia or end-of-life care, and think about conducting a criminal background check on the person. Consider not only the individual’s skills and training, but also try to gauge whether you think the person will be compatible with you and/or the care recipient. Learn more about conducting a background check through the Arkansas State Police. Remember, you can always call on Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. at 479.361-8880 for help or to request a current copy of the Caregiver Directory of graduates of the Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training program. Additionally, Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. offers a free consultation by a Geriatric Care Manager that will help you consider all pertinent factors in determining what kind of help an older adult needs to stay at home safely.
When providing care for a care recipient, it is important to be sure you have the proper legal documents. Even if you are a care recipient’s guardian, you are still required to be the representative payee for that person. A representative payee is someone designated by the client to receive his or her check through the Social Security Administration. It is necessary for a physician to sign the forms to provide you with representative payee status, and most physicians carry the form in their offices. The United States Social Security Administration has A Guide for Representative Payees available online.

Resources and Care for Older Adults

Please contact us at Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. for a free consultation at 479.361.8880 or Toll Free at 855.361-8880.
Please refer to Medicare’s web site (www.medicare.gov) for detailed information. The Schmieding Center has referred family caregivers to a program through Independent Choices for help. Call Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. at 479.361.8880 for additional information.

Family Caregiving

The Schmieding Center offers a Family Caregiver Workshop to provide the information and skills necessary to provide safe and competent care in the home. Please check our event calendar for upcoming workshop dates.
Please contact us at Schmieding C.A.R.E.S. at 479.361.8880 or Toll Free at 855.361-8880. We will provide free expert information, referrals, consultation; in addition, we can provide in-depth continuing eldercare planning services and continuing care services at affordable rates due to our non-profit status
If you cannot attend one of our Family Caregiver Workshops, the Schmieding Center can still offer help. We have developed The ElderStay@home Home Caregiving Skills for Families 3-DVD set with a 48-page companion booklet based on the nationally recognized Schmieding Method and unique curriculum. The set covers 57 “Watch & Do” Basic, Intermediate and Advanced home caregiving skills. The cost for the set is $99.99 USD plus $10 shipping and handling. A 9.25% sales tax is applicable when delivering to an Arkansas resident.
Yes, the Schmieding Center offers ongoing support groups for family caregivers who are undergoing the same stresses as you. Please consider attending the Family-Centered Caregiving and Support Group that meets once every month and/or the Family Caregivers of Elders with Dementia Group that meets twice each month. Check our event calendar for upcoming support group dates.

Healthcare 65+

Yes, we do! Please ask for Kristin Bosc, Ph.D., our neuropsychologist at the Schmieding Center Senior Health Clinic.
Currently, our partner, Northwest Health Center, operates two Senior Health Clinics that operate as our primary care clinics for 65+ adults in Springdale and Bella Vista. The Springdale location is at 2422 N. Thompson, Suite A, and the Bella Vista location is at 1801 Forest Hills Boulevard, Suite 201.