UAMS' Arkansas Aging Initiative has received $7.9 million to provide new opportunities for the elderly to stay in their homes. The grant comes from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
The money will allow expansion of the Schmielding Home Caregiver Training Program to four more cities in Arkansas- Fort Smith, Little Rock, Hot Springs and El Dorado. Right now, the program only serves Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, Texarkana and West Memphis.
The goal is to promote independence in the state's aging population by training caregivers that can come into the home and delay the need for more expensive institutional care
The program provides several opportunities to people who want to care for elderly who wish to stay in their own homes, rather than a long-term care facility. Those looking to become a paid caregiver can get certification. Those who want to care for family members or significant others can attend workshops.