Southern Ute Indian Tribe


Great Seal of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Community and Home Health Services Office

205 Ouray Dr, Ignacio CO, 81137


Mon-Fri, 8:00a – 5:00p
Closed 12:00p – 1:00p

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The Southern Ute Community and Home Health Services department serves Native American and Alaska Natives which includes but is not limited to Southern Ute Tribal Members and Elders.

Our mission is to serve this population with medical assistance such as non-emergency transportation to medical appointments, deliver medications, transport dialysis clients and assist with home care. Our public health nurses offer elder visits, coordinate home care with the Southern Ute clinic and other agencies. We strive to serve our clients with consideration of schedules and community needs.

Because of our busy transportation and home visit schedule, it is important to give us a minimum of 48-hour notice before transportation is required. We have three wheelchair accessible vans. We provide out of town and state medical transports to SU Tribal Members ONLY.

We will deliver medications as we receive calls from clients or pharmacies.

Our Public Health Nurses (PHN’s) work in tandem with our CHR’s to assess your at home medical needs. We offer home care assistance, for medical reasons, related to personal grooming, companionship, and light housekeeping.

The safety of our clients and staff is very important. Please notify us if you have any concerns about your animals before we come to your home. Please keep your animals in a safe place during our visit. Seatbelts must be worn on all transports. Children transported must have CHS supervisor approval and must have an appropriate safety car seat.

We will ask the client to accompany us if we are asked to assist a client obtain something from their personal space such as a bedroom. We are not responsible for lost or broken items.

Our staff is expected to be professional and respectful with all clients. We appreciate the respectful communication in return.


CHS Staff

Iva Francisco– Manager of Community and Home Health Services

Deja Herrera – Administrative Assistant

Stacy Wacker, RN – Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse

Karen Forest, RN – Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse

Katie Piel, RN – Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse

Tia Nez, CMA – Certified Medical Assistant, Community Health Representative

Kathleen Cajero – Community Health Representative

Theresa Montano – Community Health Representative

Henry SunEagle – Community Health Representative

Jontique Velasco – Community Health Representative

Jeanita Sandoval– Community Health Representative

April Chavez– Community Health Representative

Vernon Nez – Community Health Representative



  • PHN (nurse) home assessment is required before services are scheduled
  • Usual visits are 1 – 1.5 hours, 1 – 3 days per week

Light housekeeping to include

  • Wash, dry, and fold client’s laundry
  • Change client’s bedding
  • Wash up to one day of client’s dishes
  • Clean client’s bathroom (toilet, sink, tub/shower)
  • Vacuum carpets, or sweep/mop up to 3 rooms
  • Client will provide all cleaning supplies

Light housekeeping and CHS services does NOT include

  • Curtains, windows
  • Dusting
  • Deep cleaning including moving furniture
  • Sweeping/vacuuming under beds or furniture
  • Wall washing
  • Cleaning of appliances
  • Cleaning up after family gatherings
  • Cleaning up after family members in the residence
  • Changing cat litter
  • Feeding or  cleaning up after any animals or fish
  • Childcare (if a child is left unattended with staff, they will call their supervisor)

Personal care to include

  • Assist with bathing
  • Dressing
  • Personal grooming
  • Companionship


Where is the office located?

The Mouache Capote Building at 205 Ouray Drive. Right next to the old KSUT Radio Station.

What if I need transportation before 8am or after 5pm?

IF SCHEDULED: Call our office and speak with our administrative assistant.  She will schedule you at a time that will allow you to arrive on time to your appointment.

IF NOT SCHEDULED: Call SUPD, 563-4401.  Inform them of your needs (what is the need and where you need to go).  SUPD will contact the on-call person from our department and relay the information given.  The on-call person will address your needs as appropriate.

We cannot transport clients to the emergency room, if you need emergency transportation please call 911.