Important Updates Following Hurricane Ian

The Dubin Center remains closed for in-person support groups and classes, but we are still available to provide assistance over the phone, via Zoom, or through email. If you are unable to leave your home and need food, water, or other supplies, someone from The Dubin Center team will meet you at your home or wherever you are staying. Please contact us by calling our office (239) 437-3007 or emailing [email protected] so we can schedule a day and time to provide you with these items. We are here for you!

Serving as a caregiver for a loved one under normal circumstances is enough of a challenge for most, but the complications brought on by a natural disaster can amplify difficulties to a new level. Click here are some tips to guide you in what to do:

Be Patient: Try to be as patient and calm as you can. Someone living with a memory impairing disease responds to the non-verbal cues and tone you set.

Be Flexible: Try to be flexible and reduce expectations of your loved one. Be flexible and forgiving of yourself – call us if you need to talk 239-437-3007.

Loving Touch: Use touch appropriately. A hug or holding one’s hand goes a long way in providing support to someone who is frightened and having difficulty in understanding what is happening.

Simple Communication and Story Telling: Use simple communication. If there is difficulty in understanding, restate in simpler terms. Look at photos or magazine pictures and make up stories together about the people in the pictures.

Redirection: If your loved one is repeatedly asking to go home, acknowledge their feelings and try to redirect their focus to something pleasant. As an example, if they say, “I want to go home,” say, “We have to stay here a little longer. In the meantime, let’s go for a walk and see if we can get something to eat.”

Reduce Anxiety: Try to limit their exposure to the news. The constant breaking news updates can increase one’s anxiety even if the news update is not pertinent to their particular situation.

Maintain Routine: Try to maintain daily routines where you can.

Reduce Exposure: Remember that crowds of people, noisy loud conversations, being in strange or different surroundings and any change in the regular routine and sleep patterns of someone living with dementia can all provoke behaviors, so try to reduce exposure where you can.

Inform People: If you have had to evacuate to a shelter, inform people as appropriate around you that the person has a memory impairment.

Plan Familiar Activities: To help reduce the anxiety of a new setting, try to build in activities that your loved one may enjoy, such as taking a relaxing walk or listening to calming music.

Smaller Groups are Better: Often a person living with dementia does better with smaller groups of people and can manage things better earlier in the day.

Lookout for Unmet Needs: Remember to pay attention to other potential unmet needs causing behaviors such as hunger, needing to go to the bathroom, thirst, and pain.

Need to talk to someone? Call us at the center, we are here for you 239-437-3007.

Below are some important resources:

Florida Department of Children & Families click here

FEMA Assistance
click here.

Catholic Charities has the following sites open for distribution of food, water and essential supplies:

  1. Elizabeth Kay Galeana Center, 4235 Michigan Ave, Ft. Myers 33916
  2. Centro Juan Diego, 28360 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs, 34134

Sites are open Mon – Fri. 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sat. 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Operation Blue Roof- No-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Hurricane Ian. For residents living in Charlotte and Lee Counties. Signup by October 23rd online at or call 888-766-3258


United Way 211 helpline. This is a free 24-hour non-emergency helpline that exists to help you navigate human and social service agencies in Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties.


Fleamasters Fleamarket- 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33916

Food and water distribution

Open daily from 8:00am-5:00pm


Cape Coral Leonard Street- 4820 Leonard Street, Cape Coral, FL 33904

Food and water distribution

Open daily from 8:00am-5:00pm


Kelly Road Soccer Complex- 10750 Kelly Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908

Food and water distribution

Open daily from 8:00am-5:00pm


Old Bonita Library- 26876 Pine Avenue, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Food and water distribution

Open daily from 8:00-5:00pm


Visit for a full list of distribution sites, shelters, and other important resources for Lee County.

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