Cameo Caregiver Range of Services
Cameo Caregivers provide services with honesty, integrity, and with the same expertise that clients have grown to appreciate. Anywhere from one to 24 hours can be provided by our compassionate team of caregivers.
The Live-In Service has always been our specialty, providing 24-hour peace of mind. Contact us today to experience the Cameo Caregivers difference.
Click on the tabs below for a list of services designed to allow you or your loved one to enjoy life, dignity, and independence more fully.
Special Promotion until July 31st.
16.00 an hour for over 40 hours a week
17.50 an hour for less than 40 hours a week.
- Alzheimer & Dementia
Alzheimer & Dementia Our caregivers are certified in Alzheimer's/Dementia and trained by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America to provide support and security for your needs.
It is noted that every 70 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. As advocates for early diagnosis and quality care for those diagnosed, Cameo Caregivers has cared for hundreds of clients, allowing them to enjoy their home safely.
All Cameo staff are trained and certified in care of Alzheimer/Dementia Care.
Some of the services our experienced caregivers will provide are:
- Stimulate mental awareness
- Play memory enhancement games
- Stimulate health conversation
- Guided nutritional meal preparation
- Maintain a safe home environment
- Engage in crafts
- Aide with reading
- Encourage family and friends social interaction
- Daily activity supervision
- Direction with hygiene
- Direction with clothes selection
- Companion Care
As we get older, we often become lonely – the feeling that no one cares quickly creeps in. Aging has a way of reminding us of the many that have passed on and that we are alone. It is our mission at Cameo Caregivers is to bring some joy and alleviate the loneliness that aging seems to cause by providing quality assistance to the home or care facility. Some of our services include:
- Mail bills and letters
- Rent and play movies
- Engage in companionship and conversation
- Respite care
- Monitor eating patterns and diet
- Inspect food expiration dates
- Direction with morning wake-up and evening tuck-in
- Reminisce about the past
- Assist with clothing selection
- Provide reminders for appointments
- Encourage participation with crafts
- Discuss current and historical events
- Aide with reading
- Maintain calendar
- Maintain family scrapbook
- Arrange appointments
- Play games and cards
- Encourage and assist with community activities
- Visitor monitoring
- Encourage interaction with family and friends
- Plan visits, outings and trips
- Visit neighbors and friends
Errands Shopping, post office, beauty or barber shop, doctor, dental or therapy visits.
- Doctor appointments
- Social outings
- Lunch or dinner
- Plays and concerts
- Religious services
- Sporting events
- Club meetings
Hospice To assist the terminal patient to a peaceful and dignified conclusion to life.
Why is a caregiver needed for hospice?
Today people spend far less time in the hospital than in the past. This means that sicker people are being cared for at home.
There has also been a shift in cancer treatment, and a lot of it is done in outpatient treatment centers. This has led to a need for the family to be part of the day-to-day care of the person with cancer.
Today, families provide about 80% of home-care services. Caregivers are doing things that, until recently, were done by trained health professionals.
What does a caregiver do?
Caregivers have many roles. The roles change as the patient's needs change during and after cancer treatment. Caregivers serve as home health aides and companions. They may help feed, dress, and bathe the patient. Caregivers arrange schedules, manage insurance issues, and provide transportation. They are legal assistants, financial managers, and housekeepers. They often have to take over the duties of the person with cancer, and still meet the needs of other family members.
As a caregiver, you have huge influence -- both positive and negative -- on how the cancer patient deals with their illness. Your encouragement can help the patient stick with a demanding treatment plan and take other steps to get well, like eating healthy meals or getting enough rest.
Caregivers solve problems
The person with cancer faces many new challenges. As the caregiver you can help the patient deal with these challenges and get through any problems that may come up. The best way to prioritize and manage problems is to first try to understand the problem, as well as the desired result. Caregivers who are realistic, but positive; careful, but creative; and focused, but flexible are sources of strength and security for people with cancer.
For example, suppose the patient's white blood counts drop, she develops a fever, and as a result, needs to be in the hospital. This can be very upsetting and may be seen as a setback by the family and the patient. The caregiver can:
• Help address their concerns by pointing out that the patient will need to be in the hospital for only a short time until antibiotic treatment has the infection under control.
• Make sure that the patient has everything she needs while in the hospital, including doctor's prescriptions for non-cancer related medicines she may be taking at home, such as thyroid or blood pressure medicine.
• Call all the doctors involved in the patient's care and tell them about the infection and that she is in the hospital.
• Check that arrangements have been made for the patient to stay on the antibiotics at home or as an outpatient after she leaves the hospital. If daily visits to the outpatient clinic for IV (intravenous) antibiotics are needed, the caregiver can coordinate people to help her get there and back each day.
These kinds of tasks may be too much for the patient to tackle while fighting infection. This kind of help is valuable. It is a reassuring sign for the patient that this short-term problem can be managed and solved.
Caregivers are part of the team
The caregiver is part of a health care team made up of the patient, other family and friends, and the medical staff. As a caregiver, you may find yourself working closely with the health care team, doing things like:
• Giving drugs
• Managing side effects
• Reporting problems
• Trying to keep loved ones informed of what's happening
• Helping to decide whether a treatment is working
As part of the team, you will help coordinate the patient's care. Caregivers often have to keep track of prescriptions, know which tests are to be done, and make sure all involved doctors know what is going on. They often find themselves preventing mix-ups and keeping track of paperwork.
A good caregiver is a vital health care resource. In many cases, the caregiver is the one person who knows everything that is going on with the patient. Don't be afraid to ask questions and take notes during doctor visits. Learn who the members of the health care team are and know how to contact them. Getting the right support and information can help both you and your loved one with cancer.
Caregivers involve the patient
Good communication with the person you are caring for is the most important part of your role. It may be hard for the patient to take part in daily planning and decision-making because he is dealing with the physical, emotional, and social effects of cancer and treatment. Your job is to involve the patient as much as possible, so he knows he is doing his part to get better and not be a burden to you. Here are some things you can try to do to keep the patient involved:
• Help him live as normal a life as possible. To do this you might start by helping him decide what activities are most important. He may need to put aside those that are less important in order to do the things he enjoys most.
• Encourage him to share feelings and support efforts to share. For instance, if he begins talking to you about his feelings about cancer, don't change the subject. Listen and let him talk. You might want to share how you are feeling, too.
• Let him know you are available, but don't press issues. This might involve something that he is trying to do, such as dress himself. He may be struggling, but it is important to him that he be able to do this. You may want to do it for him, but don't. Let him decide when he needs help.
• Remember that people communicate in different ways. Try sharing by writing or by using gestures, expressions, or touch. Sometimes, it may be really hard to say what you are feeling, but a gesture such as holding hands might tell him how you feel.
• Take your cues from the person with cancer. Some people are very private while others will talk more about what they are going through. Respect the person's need to share or his need to remain quiet.
• Be realistic and flexible about what you hope to talk about and agree on. You may need or want to talk, only to find that the patient does not want to do it at that time.
• Respect the need to be alone. Sometimes, we all need time alone -- even you.
You may find that your loved one is acting different -- angry, quiet and withdrawn, or just sad. If you get the feeling that he isn't talking to you because he wants to spare your feelings, make sure he knows that you are always open to listening, even about tough topics.
- Hourly & Live-In
Hourly & Live-in Cameo provides hourly and live in care from 1 to 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.
- Light Housekeeping
A big part of happiness depends on being cared for and comfortable at home. Home is where memories have been, and are still being, made. It is our desire to make home that special place for you or your loved one. At Cameo Caregivers, our goal is to provide that tender loving touch that makes your house a home. Some of our homemaker services include:
- Record and arrange recipes
- Prepare grocery lists
- Clip coupons for shopping
- Shop and/or escort for groceries and supplies
- Preparing, serving, and cleaning-up meals
- Prepare future meals
- Organize and clean closets
- Dust furniture
- Sweep and vacuum floors
- Take out garbage
- Watering house plant
- Assist with pet care
- Washing, folding and ironing clothes
- Changing linens and make beds
- Drop-off and pick-up dry cleaning
- Meal Preparation
Meal Preparation Planning, shopping, and preparation of meals, clean up and assistance with feeding when necessary.
- Medication Management
Medication Management For clients who need assistance with the setup and reminders of their medication.
- Personal Care
As we mature, our needs change. The things that were once simple to perform are now complicated. At Cameo Caregivers, we understand that and want to be there for you, by your side, every step of the way.
We can provide you or your loved ones assistance and direction with:
- RN Supervision
RN Supervision Of Cameo's highly qualified, thoroughly screened, and compassionate home caregivers.
- Sitters for Facilities
Companion Care Letter writing, reading, card playing, conversation and companionship.
- Surgery AfterCare
Cameo Caregivers offers a Post Procedure Program. As you know most hospitals will not allow you to leave without a responsible party to sign you out after a procedure.
Cameo Caregivers will assist with transporting you to and from the hospital or facility; or, if you desire, we will meet you at the hospital and transport back to your hotel or home. We will stay with you as long as needed; servicing you with any personal care, meals, or errands.
Whether you live in town or out of state, call Cameo Caregivers 24-hours a day to speak with a Cameo staff member about your needs. Cameo specializes in providing caregivers when you need assistance. When you call we are able to meet your needs right then.
Just a short phone call will give you peace of mind.
- Assist with walking
- Personal Care
- Medication reminders
- Bedtime Assistance
- Veteran Care
Veteran Care: Did you know that as a Veteran of the US Armed Services, you may qualify for a special Disability Pension benefit that can be used to cover some of the costs of home care services?
What is Veteran Senior Home Care?
A special “pension benefit” which pays for a private Caregiver to assist in the daily activities of living, including eating, bathing, dressing and mobility. Includes care in the home and in assisted living communities. Sometimes it includes care in a nursing home if the patient is blind or has mental or physical incapacity.
Veterans who served in the following war time periods (includes spouse/surviving spouse). Veteran must have served 90 consecutive days, with at least 1 of those days during a war time period, even if they were not in a combat zone.
• World War I
• World War II
• Korean Conflict
• Vietnam Era
• Persian Gulf War
Less than $80,000 in assets (excluding home and vehicles)
How much care does Aid & Attendance pay for?
• Up to $1,949 per month for a married Veteran.
• Up to $1,644 per month for a single Veteran.
• Up to $1,056 per month for a Surviving Spouse.
How to go about applying:
We recommend using an experienced professional to provide application assistance. For a referral, just call us at 713-682-7272
Veteran Resources and information needed for Complimentary Nurse Assessment:
- Dept of Veterans Affairs web site- www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/index.htm
- Dept of Veterans Affairs, St. Louis Regional Office-(800) 827 1000
- Veteran/Surviving Spouse Application–Veterans 21-526 or Veterans Spouse 21-534
- Discharge/Separation Papers (DD-214)- www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
- Copy of Marriage Certificate (Surviving Spouses only)
- Copy of the Death Certificate (Surviving Spouses only)
- Copy of current Social Security Award Letter- https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/BEVE/main.html
- Net Worth documentation: bank checking and savings account records and investment records for all assets
- Income verification from all sources, such as pensions and retirement account pay-outs
- Certified copy of court-appointed guardianship if this is in place for the Veteran or Surviving Spouse
- Medical costs not covered by Medicare or Medicaid, including medications
- Medical Doctor statement with current diagnosis, medical status, prognosis and ability to perform Activities of Daily Living and travel unattended-Veterans Medical Statement
- Employment history (does not apply if you are over 65)
- Web site for FAQ www.veteranaid.org
We strive each day to give our clients more.
- More peace of mind because families receive the highest quality care in the industry.
- More security because all those in our care are in the hands of a fully screened, insured and bonded, certified and/or licensed caregiver.
- More convenience because as our clients' needs evolve, so can our services.
At Cameo Caregivers, we are the only care provider of our kind, providing the full range of care from companion care to assisted care.
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