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Cherokee Nation Home Health Services - hospice

About Us

Hospice of the Cherokee is a department of Cherokee Nation Home Health Services (CNHHS). CNHHS is a tribally incorporated, non-profit agency that is Medicare certified to provide state licensed hospice care. Hospice of the Cherokee received its license to provide care from the state of Oklahoma on May 8, 2000. Since that time we have excelled in maintaining a near-perfect record of Medicare and state compliance. As a department of a tribally incorporated home health, Hospice of the Cherokee is the only non-profit hospice that is locally owned and operated in the Tahlequah area.

What is Hospice?

What is Hospice?
Hospice care includes physical, emotional and spiritual support for people with a terminal illness and their families. If you qualify for hospice care, service includes medical support, physician, counseling and other types of services. You will have a team of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors and trained volunteers to help you and your family cope with your illness. In many cases, you and your family can stay together in the comfort of your home. Depending on your condition, you may have hospice care in a hospice facility, hospital or nursing home.
Who is eligible for Medicare hospice benefits?

Hospice care is covered under Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance). You are eligible for Medicare hospice benefits when:

  • You are eligible for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance); and
  • Your doctor and the hospice medical director certify that you are terminally ill and may have less than six months to live; and
  • You sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of routine Medicare covered benefits for your terminal illness, and
  • You receive care from a Medicare-approved hospice program.

Note: Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that are not related to your terminal illness.

How does hospice work?

Your doctor and Hospice of the Cherokee will work with you and your family to establish a plan of care that meets your needs. The care that you receive from hospice is meant to enhance life by giving you comfort and relief from pain. As a hospice patient, there is a team of people that will help take care of you. They include:

  • your family
  • a doctor
  • a nurse
  • clergy or other
  • counselors
  • a social worker
  • trained volunteers
  • speech, physical and occupational therapists

Daily care will be provided by a primary care giver (family or friend) designated by you. Members of the hospice team will make regularly scheduled visits. A nurse and a doctor are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to give you and your family support and care when needed. Should you need care in a hospital for illness, other than your hospice diagnosis, the hospice team will help make arrangements for you.

Although Hospice of the Cherokee includes a physician as part of the hospice team, you may choose to use your primary physician who is not a member of the hospice, to get care. We will work with your primary physician to provide the highest quality of care.

Our Commitment to YOU

By it’s very definition, hospice care is structured to maintain full dignity of life for terminally ill patients. However, the degree of compassionate care with which qualified, licensed professionals deliver, ultimately determines any hospices’ ability to successfully serve patients and their families.Caring for patients within a comforting, familiar setting with the presence of loved ones is only the beginning. Assuring the patient’s freedom from discomfort or pain is a priority which requires teamwork among referring physicians, family members and the hospice staff. Whether Hospice of the Cherokee provides care in the patient’s home or in a long-term care facility.

Our goal is always the same:

To ensure the highest level of care possible, by expertly addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Hospice of the Cherokee stands apart as the compassionate choice in quality hospice care.

Our goal is always the same:  To ensure the highest level of care possible, by expertly addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Hospice of the Cherokee stands apart as the compassionate choice in quality hospice care.

Our Services

Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses

Registered nurses & licensed practical nurses are the very heart of hospice care. They provide direct care to hospice patients during regularly scheduled visits. Other nursing duties include the delivery of medications and supplies, and answering questions patients and families often have.

On-Call Nursing

Hospice of the Cherokee provides a nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. To reach the on-call nurse, simply call Hospice of the Cherokee and an answering service will contact the nurse to relay the message. The nurse, will then call the patient and determine the appropriate response.

Home Health Aides

Home Health Aides supplement the care provided by R.N.’s & L.P.N.’s by assisting patients with bathing, personal care, & straightening patient areas.

Social Services

Social Services are provided by a licensed social worker. Services include, but are not limited to patient or family counseling regarding their illness, facilitating communication with insurance companies and financial institutions, or assisting with the planning of memorial services.

Spiritual Counseling

Spiritual Counseling is available to patients and families by our chaplain. The patient’s personal religious beliefs are always respected. Assistance is guided by the needs of the patient and their family.

Bereavement Support

Bereavement Support is available to assist family members in finding support for the emotional needs that accompany the loss of a loved one.

Trained Volunteers

Trained Volunteers serve patients and their families after completing a specialized educational program. Services rendered include visiting with or reading to patients or sitting with the patient while the caregiver goes out.

24-Hour Continuous Care

24-Hour Continuous Care is available for crisis situations, as determined by an RN. The RN will coordinate continuous care, either in the patient’s home or in a licensed long-term care facility, should the patient’s condition warrant. Although most acute conditions can generally be brought to a manageable level within 48 hours, nurses or home health aides will remain on-site, around-the-clock, until an RN determines the crisis is over.

In-Patient Care

In-Patient Care is provided in a hospital when a patient suffers an acute setback, that precluded on-site treatment.

Respite Care

Respite Care provides for the hospice patient’s admission to a skilled nursing facility for up to five consecutive days. This allows families to get relief from caring for their loved one, with the assurance that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.

Hospice and Long Term Care

Hospice care is characterized by its delivery in the patient’s home. For terminally ill patients residing in long term care facilities at the time of their diagnosis, the nursing facility is home. Patients and family members may rest assured that the Hospice of the Cherokee team offers these patients the same level of compassion and care afforded to any patient treated in a traditional home environment. It is also important to remember that our hospice services are offered in addition to the comprehensive care provided by long term care facilities. The Hospice of the Cherokee staff works closely with nursing facility directors and staff members to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

Our Service Region

Our home health care programs are licensed by the State of Oklahoma and our Service Region (50-60 mile radius of Tahlequah, Oklahoma) includes the following Oklahoma Counties: Adair; Cherokee; Delaware; Mayes; Muskogee; Sequoyah; Wagoner.

Cherokee Nation Home Health Services - Service area