at home elder help

Good Neighbor Program
1150 Hanley Ind. Ct.
St. Louis, MO 63144


Good Neighbor Program by
Lutheran Senior Services

Since 1975, Lutheran Senior Services’ Good Neighbor Program has linked clients with independent caregivers. If you are looking for non-medical care at home, our free referral service can connect you with an independent caregiver to lend a hand.

To request a caregiver, click here to use our secure online form. Or, to learn more about the Good Neighbor Program, call 314.446.2471, e-mail us today, or scroll down for more information.


Our caregiver referral service can refer independent caregivers for:

  • Meal preparation
  • Light housecleaning
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Shopping and errands
  • Companionship
  • Help with bathing, dressing, and hygiene
  • Help with daily activities

Handyman Referral Service
Handyman referrals to self-employed contractors are offered as a public service. These individuals can perform:

  • General home repairs
  • Plumbing, electrical, or carpentry work
  • Painting
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Yard care

Clients are responsible for determining the suitability, training, or experience of any individual hired.

About The Caregivers

Each Good Neighbor Program caregiver undergoes a police background check, and is screened through the Family Care Safety Registry when they begin their association with LSS. Clients are responsible for determining the suitability, training, or experience of any individual hired.

Since Good Neighbor Program caregivers are self-employed, the client pays the worker directly for care or services. Cash or personal checks are accepted. Depending upon the situation, the client or the caregiver assumes responsibility for paying taxes if required. For information on paying Social Security taxes, call the Social Security Administration at 1.800.772.1213. For information about paying federal taxes, call the Internal Revenue Service at 1.800.829.1040. A personal tax consultant should also be contacted.

Handymen either charge hourly or flat rates. The client bears the responsibility for negotiating the total cost of the job prior to start of service.

Affordable for You

Good Neighbor caregivers are paid an hourly rate ranging from $10 to $15 per hour. In most instances, there is a four-hour minimum. There is limited availability of a two-hour minimum in a few designated senior apartment buildings. Cost is determined by the number of people receiving help and the specific services provided in the home.

Contact Us

To request an independent caregiver to help you in your home, click here to use our secure online form, or call our offices at 314.446.2471. A program coordinator will talk with you over the phone and help you connect with a caregiver.

Service Areas
We serve St. Louis city and county as well as St. Charles and Jefferson counties. Just a few of the communities we serve include:

  • St. Louis, Missouri 63103
  • Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
  • Florissant, Missouri 63031
  • Ballwin, Missouri 63021
  • O’Fallon, Missouri 63366
  • St. Charles, Missouri 63301
  • St. Peters, Missouri 63376
  • Arnold, Missouri 63010

Interested in Being a Caregiver?
We are always looking for new caregivers. Call our office at the number above to apply.

LSS’ Good Neighbor Program is under the leadership of…

Carol Melka
Director of Outreach Services
ph 314.446.2493

The Director of Outreach Services, Carol Melka, joined LSS in 2000 and has over nine years of experience with elder care and community resource planning. She holds a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in gerontology from the Brown School at Washington University. She also has a Missouri License in Clinical Social Work. She is active on the community advisory committees for Behavioral Health Response and the Arthritis Foundation.