Following a cancer diagnosis in March, Sun City Anthem resident Michele Jim spent two weeks in a hospital receiving treatment. Upon her release, she could barely walk, she said.
To continue her life at home, she would need a wheelchair, a walker, a shower bench and an electric hospital bed.
“There’s no place really to rent that stuff either,” Jim said. “We found that out.”
That’s when a friend of hers called The Foundation Assisting Seniors, a nonprofit in Sun City Anthem. Co-founded by Favil West and Chuck Davis in 2002, the organization provides medical equipment, basic home maintenance, transportation and other services for seniors at no cost.
When Jim left the hospital in early April, every piece of medical equipment she needed had been delivered to her home by volunteers from the foundation, she said.
“I’m here, seven months later, and I’m alive and I’m well,” she said. “Thank goodness for the foundation. I didn’t have to scurry and buy a couple thousand dollars worth of equipment. The bed alone would have been that much.”
West said he founded the organization after seeing his parents struggle in their old age. If they fell or if there was a medical emergency, “there was no wheelchairs, there were no walkers, none of this durable medical equipment,” West said.
“We formed the foundation, and we found out then that our parents were just a small, small amount of seniors that need help,” West said.
Anyone 50 or older is eligible for the foundation’s services. In addition to providing medical equipment, volunteers can perform basic tasks at a client’s home, like changing a light bulb.
The foundation’s HowRU program can call clients at any time of day they choose to make sure they are OK. If a client doesn’t answer the call, a second call is made 15 minutes later. If that call isn’t answered, two emergency contacts will be notified. The program will be ready by Jan. 1, West said, and will have a feature to remind subscribers to take their medication.
“So many of us have trouble remembering what our names are,” West, 80, joked. “There’s a lot of times when we’ll forget to take medication.”
The foundation has over 200 volunteers, according to spokeswoman Shayna Moreno, and performs 20,000-30,000 “assists” annually. Assists can be acts like a home maintenance call or a donation to a client, West said.
Most of the group’s funding comes from donations or fundraising events like golf tournaments and basket raffles, Moreno said.
As West explained the foundation’s background and services, a woman brought her mother into the small office. Within 15 minutes, her mother left with a walker from the foundation. West described the encounter as “the beginning and the end of our service.”
“We’re not the equipment police,” said Lynda Paret, who organizes disbursement of medical equipment. “You let me know when you’re done with it. I’ll put it down for a certain period of time that we agree on. If you return it earlier, fine; if you need to extend it, fine.”
West said the best way for people to learn about services is to call the foundation or visit its website.
”Anybody that is a senior and needs our help, regardless of what they make, regardless of where they came, regardless of where they live, we’re going to try to take care of them as best we can,” West said.
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The Foundation Assisting Seniors is set to hold their Basket Raffle at 2:30 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, October 29 in the Ballroom at Green Valley Ranch Resort.
This is the third annual raffle and the first time the Foundation Assisting Seniors will be hosting the event at Green Valley Ranch Resort. All proceeds benefiting the Foundation and their ongoing programs and services. The basket raffle will also include an auction, themed baskets and a gift card grab.
“We are happy to be able to host another basket raffle this year and know the community enjoys seeing all the baskets our volunteers have put together,” said Phyllis Washburn, Chairman of the Foundation Assisting Seniors Basket Raffle. “It’s a great opportunity not only to raise money for the Foundation Assisting Seniors but to get the senior community together in a fun and interactive atmosphere.”
The Foundation Assisting Seniors was founded with the mission of improving the quality of life for the senior community by assisting them in times of illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping with the loss of a loved one and other senior challenges, as well as to provide assistance with everyday tasks such as household maintenance and transportation. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has responded to more than 100,000 requests for assistance services.
For more information on the event or for tickets, please call 725-244-4200 or visit FoundationAssistingSeniors.org.
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Neighbors Assisting Neighbors (NAN) in Solera at Anthem will be hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, October 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 2401 Somersworth St. in Henderson, Nev.
The cost of the breakfast is a $6.00 donation. All proceeds raised at the event will benefit the Foundation Assisting Seniors and their ongoing programs and services. Tickets are on sale in the Encore Lounge on Friday, Sept. 15, at 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“What better way to raise money than to host a pancake breakfast,” said Favil West, president of the Foundation Assisting Seniors. “This event shows our community how much our seniors mean to us and we are happy to come together to support them.”
Tickets for a 50/50 raffle will only be sold on Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Twenty tickets are $5.00. The drawing will take place at 11:00 a.m. The gift card and merchandise live auction will be held at 11:30 a.m. All auction participants must be present to win. For more information, please call 725-244-4200 or visit www.FoundationAssistingSeniors.org.
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Foundation Assisting Seniors™ will host its 14th annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 29.
The tournament begins with a 7:30 a.m. “Shotgun” start and includes a four-person scramble. The fee is $100/player, and participants can sign up as an individual or team. There will be contests throughout the duration of the event. Sponsorships start at $250 for the “Bronze” package (tee sign on each hole and company name listed in program), $800 for the “Silver” package (foursome in tournament, a tee sign on each hole, 1/2pg ad in program and website link) and $1,300 for the “Gold” package (2 foursomes in tournament, full-page program ad, tee sign on each hole and website link). Additional sponsorship opportunities & details are listed on foundation’s website. To register, call 725-244-4200.
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Herbert Randall’s good deed has taken on a significance far beyond a nice gesture.
The 73-year-old retired Army colonel, who earned Silver and Bronze Stars for valor in Vietnam, established the Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year Award four years ago to honor a senior volunteer for outstanding work in support of the state’s oldest residents. Continue Reading
The Foundation Assisting Seniors presents STRIKE UP THE BAND, a benefit concert by the UNLV Community Concert Band featuring Special Guest Performances by Barbara Brighton, Steve Connelly “Spirit of the King Elvis Presley,” Mark Giovi, Toscha Comeaux, and Genevieve Dew. The event will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30th at the Sun City Anthem Grand Ballroom located at 2450 Hampton Rd. Continue Reading