Health Briefs, Sept. 24, 2013

Open house ends Healthy Aging Month

Hilltop’s Senior Living Communities’ observation of Healthy Aging Month culminates in an open house starting at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the newly remodeled Wellness Room at The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27 1/2 Road. Refreshments will be provided.

Hilltop’s wellness and activities coordinators will demonstrate the use of new equipment and provide additional information about Keep Moving, Stay Fit for Life, the center’s comprehensive senior wellness program.

Infinity Rehab, Hilltop’s on-site physical, occupation and speech therapy provider, will also be on hand to provide information about available services.

Medicaid questions answered at clinic


Pro Bono Project of Mesa County and Colorado Legal Services have scheduled a free legal clinic on Medicaid this week.

The clinic, “What to do with Limited Resources: Assistance for Seniors, Caregivers and Disabled,” will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Grand Junction City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

Local elder law attorney Drew Moore will lead the discussion for people looking to apply for Medicaid as the source to pay for long-term care.

The clinic is designed for those who want to learn more about the Medicaid Buy In Program and other Medicaid assistance programs, what they cover and do not cover. Call 424-5748 for more information.

B4 Babies and Beyond wins grant


Hilltop Community Resources announced it recently won a $35,000 grant from Caring for Colorado to promote infant health.

The grant money will be used to support Hilltop’s B4 Babies and Beyond program, which helps Mesa County pregnant women and families access affordable, quality health care coverage and information.

Hilltop staff assists the women with paperwork to obtain health care coverage, assists in arranging doctor appointments and provides information on nutrition, development and healthy lifestyles.

Through the program, mothers can participate in the Baby and Me Tobacco Free smoking cessation class that consistently achieves better results than the national average for such programs, according to Hilltop spokeswoman Jackie Sievers.

Caring for Colorado is a health grant-making foundation working to increase health and health care access statewide.

COPIC $50,000 grant aids HopeWest


HopeWest was awarded a $50,000 grant from COPIC Medical Foundation to support a program for people with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy, HopeWest spokeswoman Alyssa Hampson announced.

The hospice and palliative care center will use the grant to further its program for relieving the pain and other physical symptoms of its patients, coordinating their health care with providers, helping them make informed choices and providing resources to address financial needs.

Last year, HopeWest served more than 600 patients. Hampson said.

“This is such an important award because HopeWest Care program truly depends on generous funding through philanthropy and grants,” HopeWest founder and CEO Christy Whitney said in a news release.

COPIC Medical Foundation works to improve health care outcomes by providing grant funding for programs and initiatives focusing on improving patient safety, quality of care, reducing medical errors and improving disease management and transitions in care, Hampson said.


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