Hilltop celebrates 'Family Weekend' for brain-injured adults

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

Loved ones from across the country traveled to Grand Junction on Saturday to visit some family members they don't often see. It was part of Hilltop Life Adjustment's annual family weekend.

The life adjustment program is for traumatically brain-injured adults in the Grand Valley. Since the adults live at Hilltop, they don’t always get to see their families. That's why Saturday’s fiesta-themed celebration had so much significance for both the program's adults and their loved ones.

“This is sometimes the only time they get to see their loved ones because of distance because of aging. It is huge for them to see their loved one, see how well their doing, catch up on events [and] talk to families about what’s going on,” Hilltop case manager Walt Brandstoettner said.

The life adjustment program has about 80 residents, and more than 250 residents and their family members attended Saturday’s event. Activities included fiesta bingo, a non alcoholic tequila drinking contest and a dinner dance. It'll conclude with a brunch tomorrow.

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