March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the team at Monument Health wanted to highlight their member and partner, Hilltop Community Resources. For over thirty years, they have given adults impacted by Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) a home at their Life Adjustment Program (LAP) campus.

Hilltop’s Brain Injury Services has a long history in our community. It began in 1985 with one family’s desire to have an independent home for their adult child who had survived a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). They wanted to give him more than title of survivor. They wanted a place for him to thrive in a supportive and safe environment.  What you may not know about survivors of TBI is that they remember how their life used to be before their injury. They understand how drastic their life has been altered and more often than not, they long for the independence they once had.

Prior to the creation of Hilltop’s Life Adjustment Program (LAP), these survivors lived at home with their parents and bounced back and forth between hospitals, rehab, and skilled nursing facilities.

Located on 8-acres in the heart of Grand Junction, LAP offers 90 adults the opportunity to live and thrive surrounded by other survivors. The average length of stay for a resident is over 12 years; however, the very first resident has been at LAP for over 35 years! LAP is home to many residents who are able to spend their life surrounded by other survivors who they call friends.

LAP is a unique program that supports each person with a holistic approach through a comprehensive care plan that identifies not only their physical support needs, but also their emotional and social needs. Residential Services is a Supported Living Program that partners with Colorado’s Health Care Policy and Finance under an assisted living license and boasts a person-centered approach that empowers people to define their quality of life.

In celebration of brain injury survivors and in an effort to create awareness, Hilltop is inviting the community to their 3rd annual 4K Run, Walk, and Roll on March 14, 2020. 1405 Wellington Avenue. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the race at 10 a.m. Survivors are free and small donations are accepted for any participating community member.

Thank you Hilltop for your commitment to serving adults with brain injury and allowing them to live their lives to the fullest.

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