Cappella and Family Health West offer services to reduce fall risk

Sarah Winnefeld

An assisted-living facility and health care organization have teamed up to offer therapy services designed to reduce the risk of falls in older adults.

Cappella of Grand Junction and Family Health West based in Fruita reached an agreement to provide serves not only for residents of Cappella, but also the community.

Sarah Winnefeld, executive director of Cappella of Grand Junction, hailed the partnership. “The loss of strength and balance increases fall risks in older adults. And now with the help of Family Health West’s therapy team, residents will be able to mitigate those risks.”

By one estimate, more than a third of older adults fall each year, and the risk increases with age.

Winnefeld said Family Health West constitutes a good partner in part because of its work with those living with Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement.

Bill Cummins, ancillary services administrator at Family Health West, said physical, occupational and speech therapists are available to help clients with Parkinson’s manage the symptoms of the disease.

For more information about Cappella of Grand Junction, visit www.cappellagj.com. For more information about Family Health, visit www.fhw.org.