Favil West assured himself that when he retired, he would return to the neighborhood as much as he could. When the former fighter pilot stopped working for himself and his family, he started working for others. West is co-founder and president of the Foundation Aiding Senior citizens, a not-for-profit company that supplies help to seniors in need.
What has made the Foundation Assisting Seniors successful over the past 13 years?
The dedication by the founders, trustees and volunteers to provide services that allow senior citizens to live and continue to be safe in their homes as long as possible. All of these volunteers get no payment, so we are really grateful for their dedication to giving back to our neighborhood.
What is the HowRU Program?
Over the past several years, in just among our senior communities, more than 35 seniors passed away and went undiscovered for extended amount of times (from 3 days to six weeks.) The HowRU Program provides a check-in system to minimize the threat of seniors in need of instant help being unable to call help. Foundation volunteers call each person who signs up for the program every day at a time (or times) they define. The operator reveals, “This is the HowRU operator, how are you? If you are OKAY, press 1. If you require aid, call 9-1-1.” Then, if there is no response, 15 minutes later on, the call is duplicated. If there is still no response, a call is made to the individual’s very first emergency situation contact. If that is not answered, a call is made to the second emergency situation contact. If there is no response, our display calls 9-1-1. We believe this program will certainly conserve lives in the long run.
You have actually received numerous awards for your help the senior neighborhood. What has been your greatest accomplishment thus far?
Developing the Structure Helping Senior citizens into a practical organization that has provided more than 75,000 senior assists in its 14 years of operation.
Exactly what is the most challenging part of your task?
The Structure Aiding Senior citizens does not pay wages to individuals who help our customers and neighborhood. We count on our volunteer force of more than 100 senior peers to serve our clients. The genuine obstacle is keeping the volunteers inspired.
What has been the most fulfilling part of your job?
Seeing, in genuine time, the appreciation for the help we supply. The grinning faces, the thank-you emails and letters, telephone calls and one-on-one discussions with those we have actually helped are icing on the cake.
What do you do after work?
Play golf, response emails, read, play bridge and go out with good friends.
Describe your management style.
Looking back over my working years, I have actually had to use various designs to match the line of work.
As a developer/general service provider who had my own business, I paid attention to all proposals made by personnel, then made a decision. You may call that the autocratic, dictatorial or reliable design, which I found very effective when running a little corporation.
As a retired airline company pilot and previous union leader, consensus of the crew was the method to have a safe and hassle-free air travel.
As a boxer pilot, I decidinged swiftly and efficiently, no conversation, no feedback– purely dictatorial.
As the president of the Foundation Assisting Elders, I listen thoroughly to all opinions and recommendations, and after that need a vote. Dealing with an all-volunteer group of trustees and associates needs more than consensus; it needs getting a difficult dedication. Depending upon the issue, I might make use of a number of management designs however, in the case of helping volunteers, the style needed is more leadership than management.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?
Being reasonable, at my age, One Decade is a very long time. But I do anticipate to remain to establish programs that serve the senior community. We expect to continue our growth in the Las Vegas Valley, California and the West, efficiently multiplying our services greatly.
What is your dream task, outside of your present field?
I have actually currently held my dream job– being an F-105 fight fighter pilot. I’m a bit beyond that now, as I don’t believe I could pull the G’s I when had the ability to.
Whom do you appreciate and why?
My better half, Pat. After more than 54 years of marital relationship, she remains a gorgeous woman, arranged and focused.
Exactly what is your biggest pet peeve?
Individuals who make guarantees and don’t keep them.
What is something that people might not understand about you?
I do not enjoy TELEVISION.
Anything else you want to inform us?
In 2013, the foundation responded to more than 10,000 requests for support services, including nonmedical health help, restricted home-maintenance support, loans of movement devices and financing for senior support groups. As it enters its 14th year of service to the senior neighborhood, the foundation will certainly continue its development and financing of brand-new services while preserving and improving its existing services to guarantee the safety, security and self-reliance of the senior neighborhood.