Tahlequah, OK (March 16, 2020) – Effective March 16th, Cherokee Elder Care has closed its Adult Day Health Center temporarily as part of its preventative plan to protect elderly participants from the COVID-19 outbreak. Although the day center is temporally closed CEC will continue to provide medical care through its normal clinic operations.
Screening measures have been implemented to protect staff and participants entering the facility. Staff and participants will only be allowed to enter the facility through the front entrance and access by visitors and vendors has been limited. The staff have been educated on protocols for such an outbreak and will continue to perform regular duties with added infection control precautions. CEC will continue to work with State agencies to be up-to-date on the most recent health information available.
“Prevention is key and we are continually working to keep our elderly participants from becoming ill. Their health is our utmost priority “said Connie Davis, Executive Program Director.
CEC is committed to helping elders be as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Our goal is to help participants remain safely in their home and the community for as long as it is medically and socially feasible. Cherokee Elder Care (CEC) is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This Model of care is based on the successful On Lok program in San Francisco. CEC PACE is a different kind of health care program in that it offers a more personal way of receiving health care.
By focusing on each participant's unique medical needs, we arrange for doctors, nurses and other special medical personnel to provide care to our elders, as well as a place in which this care can be provided. If you would like to find out more, please call us at (918) 453-5554 and speak to our friendly staff.
CEC became the first PACE to be sponsored by a Native American Tribe, and that is still true today. CEC is one of eleven rural PACE sites that are operational from the original twelve. Cherokee Nation Comprehensive Care Agency d.b.a. Cherokee Elder Care (CEC), was created by Legislative Act and accepted by the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, February 17, 2004; The grand opening was held on April 24, 2008, and the first participants were enrolled on August 1, 2008. CEC opened with one Native American and one Non-Native as the first participants in Oklahoma.