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.

To read on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website, please click here.

Share

Las Vegas Review-Journal/The View: Best Bets

49

Share

Nevada Business Magazine: Foundation Assisting Seniors to Host Annual Charity Golf Tournament

57 (a)57 (b)

Share

VEGAS INC: Favil West Named to Association for Mature American Citizens Foundation Board

Vegas Inc. 11.5 FAS

Share

The Vegas Voice: Foundation Assisting Seniors Hosts Basket Raffle

Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 2.44.23 PM

Screen-Shot-2017-10-23-at-10.56.20-AM

Share

Las Vegas Review-Journal: What Happens in Vegas

5.28.2017-LVRJ-FAS

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.

To read on the Las Vegas Review-Journal website, click here.

Share

VEGAS INC: 2017 HEALTH CARE HEADLINERS

Favil West Healthcare Headliner
COMMUNITY OUTREACH

FAVIL WEST

Co-founder and president

The Foundation Assisting Seniors

In the 15 years since he co-founded the Foundation Assisting Seniors with Chuck Davis, Favil West has made a significant difference in the lives of many people.

The nonprofit organization assists the senior community in times of illness, recovery, confinement at home, coping with loss of a loved one and other senior challenges, as well providing assistance with everyday tasks such as household maintenance and transportation.

One facet that stands out is the Foundation’s HowRU program, a free service that provides a daily call to subscribers to ensure that they are well, bringing peace of mind to seniors and their families. Recently, HowRU received endorsements from fire and police chiefs in Henderson and North Las Vegas.

Continue Reading

Share

13 ACTION NEWS: MORNING BLEND – STRIKE UP THE BAND

Continue Reading

Share

FOX 5: STRIKE UP THE BAND BENEFIT CONCERT

The Strike Up the Band benefit concert is set for Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Purchase your tickets for $20 at www.foundationassistingseniors.org.

FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

Share

Las Vegas Informer: Foundation Assisting Seniors Hosts Series of Bingo Fundraiser Events

Untitled

Residents of the valley can get ready to play bingo for a good cause. The Foundation Assisting Seniors has started their series of bingo fundraisers for the year 2017. The games began on March 19 with three additional bingo fundraisers throughout the year at June 18, Sept. 17 and Dec. 3. Continue Reading

Share