Lee County Services
Ladies at the Heights Center in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Fort Myers gather daily for art projects, a hot meal and plenty of good laughs among friends, courtesy of a partnership with the Lee County Senior Friendship Centers.
Reaching Out to Older Adults in Need
Our Lee County services are focused on nutritious meals and social engagement, supportive aging, an Adult Day option and an extensive volunteer program. It is a true lifeline for seniors in need of vital services in Southwest Florida. Check out Services for details about all of our programs.
Adult Day Service
Lee County offers a licensed day program featuring supervised, engaging activities for seniors with cognitive or medical issues. Located in Fort Myers, our lovely facility is an inviting place to socialize with others, sharpen cognitive skills, reduce frustration, enjoy healthy meals, and feel valued. We also provide useful information for caregivers. SFC Adult Day Services in Lee County are currently closed due to COVID-19. Find out more at Caregiving.
RELIEF Respite for Caregivers
RELIEF stands for Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families. It’s a lifesaver for caregivers in Lee County, giving much needed respite for a few hours to caregivers who rarely get a break from caregiving duties. The temporary service is provided free of charge and is offered during nights and weekends, beyond the normal workday hours, making it possible for caregivers to enjoy a dinner, a movie or just a walk outside.
It may seem like a small thing, but to a caregiver for a frail or homebound elder, a few hours off duty on a weekend or at night knowing your loved one is cared for, is priceless. If you are a caregiver in Lee County and need respite, please call 239.275.1881 for more information.
Friendship at Home
Isolation is a challenge older adults often deal with when they choose to age in place. Especially if a spouse or partner passes away, survivors sometimes fail to thrive on their own without intervention. This is where Friendship at Home steps in. Through the work of dedicated volunteers, this program offers many benefits to seniors who are home-bound or unable to travel unaided. We provide these programs:
- Telephone Reassurance
Volunteers will make a cheery phone call once or twice a week to check on their clients and engage them in conversation.
- Friendly Visitor Program
Volunteers are matched with a senior who requests a friend to come and chat, help with errands, play games or just enjoy companionship.
- Supportive Intervention Programs
Our Friendship at Home coordinators can help clients with limited mobility access community resources to meet their needs.
If you are having difficulty managing in your home, we may be able to help. Our case managers assess your needs, arrange for in-home services, conduct follow-up visits and monitor ongoing care. To access these services, call the Elder Helpline at 866.413.5337 or our office at 239.275.1881. Find out more at Resources for Aging.
Enjoy a meal in a friendly social setting for the 60+ crowd at our 10 dining sites in Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. In addition to a nutritious lunch, you can participate in activities to strengthen your mind and body – and it’s a great way to connect with others. We can also arrange for the delivery of meals to isolated seniors through our Home Delivered Meals program, and we deliver Friendship Food Bags monthly to low-income elders. SFC dining sites in Lee County are currently closed due to COVID-19. Find out more at Nutrition & Dining.
The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) assists low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency. Eligible households may be provided one benefit per season, up to $600 per season. (this amount has been increased to $3,500 until 9/2021 due to COVID-19)