Las Vegas Review-Journal: Henderson nonprofit offers free medical supplies to seniors

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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Las Vegas Review-Journal: Firefighter memorial among bills signed by Sandoval

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By: Ben Botkin

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed bills into law on Wednesday that will honor firefighters, protect first responders and start the work of studying criminal sentences.

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Las Vegas Review-Journal: What Happens in Vegas

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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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Las Vegas Review-Journal: Engineer in step with changing Las Vegas landscape

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Las Vegas Review-Journal: Parkinson’s experts meeting in Las Vegas discuss new technology treatments

Although science has yet to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, new technologies have proved valuable in monitoring and administering treatments for controlling its symptoms.

About a half-million people suffer from Parkinson’s disease, a progressive degenerative condition characterized by slowness of movement, tremors and instability, the National Parkinson Foundation estimates. Continue Reading

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Las Vegas Review-Journal: Parkinson’s disease symposium will highlight latest research advances

A local nonprofit is connecting with health care providers and patients to provide the latest news on technological advances in Parkinson’s disease research.

Friends of Parkinson’s, which offers support groups and therapy programs for Parkinson’s patients, hosts its Living Well With Parkinson’s Through Innovation and Technology medical symposium Friday and Saturday. Continue Reading

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Our client, Rick Stater of Tronox, being photographed for the upcoming “Nevadan at Work” in the Las Vegas Review Journal

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We Could not think of a more deserving candidate for this feature… Look out for him in your Sunday paper this week!

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