Find a Caregiver

There are a number of ways to find a caregiver.  You might choose to hire someone through an agency and or hire them on your own.  It is important to understand the pros and cons of each.

The Schmieding Caregiver Directory is a list of individuals who have graduated from one or more Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training courses.  These individuals have passed both written and skills evaluation tests and maintain a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education each year.

The Schmieding Caregiver Directory serves as a resource for anyone who is seeking assistance with home care.  Caregivers listed on the directory have been trained by the Schmieding Method but work as independent care providers for the person who hires them.

We encourage anyone hiring someone in their home to conduct a thorough interview and screening.  Background checks on home care workers can also be conducted via mail or over the internet.  See below for more information on hiring a caregiver and background checks.

Why is Training Important?

Training is important for many reasons but the most important reason is that training helps ensure a safe care environment for everyone involved.  Providing care for a person without proper training can result in injury not only to the care provider by also the person receiving care.

In addition, many treatable conditions can go unnoticed if the care provider is not properly trained to report changes in condition.

Finally, older adults sometimes have multiple chronic conditions that make them more susceptible to injury or illness. When care providers have proper training sometimes avoidable injuries and illness can be prevented by taking simple precautionary measures. Schmieding Certified Home Caregivers are taught not only what to look for, to detect changes in condition but also what information to report and how they are advocates for the older person and their family.

About Our Graduates

If you choose to hire a Schmieding graduate you can be assured that they have passed both a written test and skills competency examination for the level at which they are trained.    While enrolled in the Schmieding program students are not only taught the physical skills of caregiving but also the importance of maintaining an older adult’s independence and dignity and the importance of compassion, integrity, empathy, and advocacy.

Graduates of the Schmieding Certified Home Caregiver Training Program are prepared to:

  • Detect and report changes of condition in care recipients behavior or physical health
  • Act appropriately when issues regarding care arise
  • Pass both written exam and clinical skills competency evaluations at the level for which they have been trained
  • Accomplish caregiver skills based on best practices and quality standards
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity, empathy advocacy and responsibility in the accomplishment of their duties.

Finding the Right Person for the Job

It is important when hiring a home caregiver you consider a multitude of factors.  Although home care workers may have similar knowledge and skills, they are not all the same.  Some are trained in basic skills and work at the level of companions, while others have years of training and experience and have specialized training in more advanced skills such as dementia and/or end of life.

It is important to conduct a thorough interview, and you should always interview two or more people prior to making your selection.  When conducting the interview, think about the individual’s skills and training but also about which candidate will be most compatible for you and/or your family member.

The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training staff can provide you with insight on how to conduct an interview, what questions to ask and how to do a background check.

The Caregiver Directory

The Schmieding Program provides access to graduate’s information in the form of a Caregiver Directory as a community service.  Our sole intention is to help connect families that need caregivers with graduates who need employment.  Participation on the Directory is voluntary and our program receives no monetary compensation for this service.  We make no claims or assurances of satisfaction regarding the graduate’s work performance and we recommend that you interview prospective caregivers, require references, and make appropriate backgrounds checks prior to hiring anyone to help in your home.