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Putting people first: Hilltop Senior Services supports older adults

Jan 24, 2022 03:42PM ● By Melinda Mawdsley

Hilltop has been in the business of people for more than 70 years.

Serving those who live in Western Colorado is the only focus of the organization, which works with all generations from all backgrounds. The organization’s website states, “We put people first and give them the tools and support they need to face life’s challenges.”

Experts in senior care

 Many Western Slope residents are aware of Hilltop’s commitment to youth, families and adults, but Cathy Story, Hilltop’s senior director of senior services, wants older adults to know the nonprofit also supports them.

“It’s our job and core belief that in your twilight years we need to make it the best we possibly can,” Story said. 

When seeking information on local senior resources as well as those throughout Colorado, Story said the best place to start is to call 2-1-1. 

“Call and get any kind of connection you need. Ask what services are available to you,” she said.

2-1-1 is just one of the many services Hilltop provides through Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) and funded by the Area Agency on Aging.

Through Mesa County ADRC, Hilltop also offers a respite program for older adults who are caring for someone 60 and older. Home Connections helps seniors remain safe and independent at home with things such as electronic monitoring and in-home services, and Supporting our Seniors (SOS) offers free transportation to adults 60 and older. The organization also assists seniors financially with such things as walkers or dental care.

À la carte senior living

Hilltop’s senior services within Mesa County include three living facilities and a day program. In the senior living facilities, residents select the level of care they want and Hilltop staff builds a plan around that, encouraging as much independence as they safely desire.

The Commons and The Fountains of Hilltop, located at 625 27 ½ Road and 3203 N. 15th St. in Grand Junction, offer independent and assisted living options, as well as memory care rooms and temporary living arrangements. Both have ample outdoor spaces and walking trails, and restaurant-style dining rooms with a full menu. The activities list is long and the social opportunities are endless.

“Bingo is a hot ticket. Bunco and bridge are also hugely attended,” Story said. “We really do great ‘wow’ events—having fine-dining experiences on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. We have full exercise equipment, run classes and offer church on Sundays.”

Adjacent to The Commons, The Cottages of Hilltop is an expansive stretch of patio homes for those wanting to live independently without yardwork, housekeeping and cooking, if desired. For safety purposes, there is a 24-hour emergency response system.

All properties are private pay with one exception: Those who live with Hilltop for at least three years but then can no longer afford to stay have the option to transition into a studio space and continue to live at a Hilltop property.

Senior Daybreak is a unique day program for seniors with dementia, those who are medically frail or for those with high anxiety who are still cared for by loved ones at home. This program engages seniors with conversations, music, exercise, crafts and other activities while providing well deserved breaks for caregivers.