VA Black Hills Health Care System
VA Black Hills Celebrates Caregivers
During the month of November, VA’s Caregiver Support Program celebrates National Family Caregivers Month to recognize and honor Caregivers of Veterans. Family Caregivers play a vital role in providing compassionate, home-based care for our Nation’s Veterans; yet their efforts often go unrecognized. November is a time to highlight and appreciate these generous, loving individuals.
At VA Black Hills Health Care System, over 100 caregivers take part in the Caregiver Support Program. The program’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of family Caregivers through education, and the provision of resources, support, and services. VA offers numerous programs such as in-home care, adult day health care, respite, and Home Based Primary Care. Caregivers are provided online and telephone support programs, peer mentoring, and local Caregiver support groups.
On Thursday, November 20th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm the public is invited to learn more about the role of Caregivers and the support available. Amber Heinert, LCSW-PIP, VA BHHCS Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, will be the guest speaker at a Brown Bag Lunch Educational Program at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center Building 145, Room 239. The program will also be broadcast to the Hot Springs VA Medical Center in Building 53, Room 102; at the Rapid City Clinic 3625 5th St; and the Pierre Clinic, 1601 N. Harrison, Suite 6.
For information on VA’s Caregiver Support Program, go to http://www.caregiver.va.gov, call VA’s toll-free Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274, or contact Amber Heinert, VA BHHCS Caregiver Support Coordinator at 1-605-745-2000 extension 2574.