Social & Senior Services

Community Outreach

FISH is keenly focused on issues pertaining to the senior population on the islands, including isolation and loneliness. Through a variety of programs, it is our goal to be there for islanders as they age to remain healthy, independent, engaged and age in place with dignity. Our FISH volunteers enrich the lives of many through personal connections, visits, daily reassurance calls and so much more!

FRIENDLY FACES LUNCHEON

These popular (and fun) lunches are held once a month at George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille with a theme, games, prizes and plenty of opportunity for socialization. Cost is subsidized by FISH and in some cases covered entirely when there is a financial need. We encourage all community members to come, meet new people and enjoy a delicious meal! Rides to and from are available by one of our volunteers with advance notice by calling 239-472-4775. We saw 399 Friendly Faces at lunch in 2019.

WORKSHOPS

FISH is pleased to enlist a variety of professionals to come to the islands to speak on topics important to everyone. Our informative workshops last year pertaining to aging included one-on-one Medicare consultations, the dementia virtual tour, healthy eating, mental wellness and a variety of other health and wellness issues.

DAILY REASSURANCE CALLS AND VISITATION

Sign up to receive a friendly phone call from one of our FISH volunteers. Our team will call daily, or whatever frequency you prefer, to check in on you for the day or just to chat! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently not offering visitation services.

HOME HEALTHCARE LIST

FISH provides a list of home health providers ranging from companion level care to RNs. The list only includes providers who serve Sanibel and Captiva and FISH conducts a basic background check in order to be listed on our resource list.

HURRICANE PROGRAM

The FISH Hurricane Program provides a comprehensive information packet specific to the needs of islanders here during Hurricane Season. Each packet includes information on shelters, evacuation, preparation, pets during a storm, applications for Special Needs Shelters and City of Sanibel re-entry passes, and more.

Additionally, you or a loved one may enroll in our program so that our FISH Hurricane Committee can keep in touch with you before, during, and after a storm. Our Committee, in collaboration with the City of Sanibel, will collect contact information for those who live alone or feel vulnerable to ensure all of their plans, emergency contact information, and any other relevant information is on hand. As a storm develops, our team will call each client to make him or her aware so that they can begin putting their emergency plan into action.

Please find our 2020 resource packet HERE

NON-EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION

Individuals needing transportation for on-island errands, such as non-emergent medical, dental, church, shopping, banking or off-island medical appointments can request a FISH volunteer driver. Rides are free of charge. In 2019, our volunteers drove neighbors to nearly 200 appointments