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A Loving & Homelike Environment

We are a non-profit society offering long-term care services and dementia care for 76 residents. We also provide 23 one bedroom apartments for independently living tenants.

We are located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

At Columbus Residence we are committed to providing the highest standard of care in a warm, loving and homelike environment. We support and encourage each resident’s unique personhood and our care services are holistic and wellness oriented as we address the physical, spiritual, emotional, social and educational needs of our residents.

We strive to create a sense of community and our dedicated team of staff are here to ensure our residents are kept safe and comfortable.

Columbus Residence is a non-profit organization founded by the Knights of Columbus, Vancouver Council 1081. Our faith based residence is shaped by our beliefs and values, by the residents and tenants living here, and by our committed staff, board of directors and volunteers.

Social Visits Update – July 19, 2021

Dear Family, Friends and Community:

On July 8, Health Minister Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry announced upcoming changes to Social Visits in long-term care that are effective July 19.  Thank you for your patience as we move through this next set of changes.  Note: There are no changes to Essential Visits at this time – all processes in place currently for Essential Visits remain.

Social Visits Update:

  • Social Visitors will no longer need to schedule a time for a visit and may attend Columbus Residence to visit their loved one any time during Social Visiting hours.
  • Social Visiting hours will remain the same, 7 days per week:
    • Morning Visits:   10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Afternoon Visits: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • There is no longer a limit to the number of visitors at one time for a resident.
  • Please keep in mind the visiting space is either in your loved ones room or outside in the courtyard (if space available) Consideration of resident need and well-being should inform the maximum number of visitors at one time.
  • Do not enter Columbus Residence if you are sick. All visitors will continue to be actively screened for signs and symptoms of illness, including COVID-19, prior to entry. As visits are no longer scheduled, screening will be done on a first come basis so please be patient if there is a line-up.
  • There is a strong recommendation from the BCCDC than an individual visiting a long-term care home be fully immunized.
  • Staff will verify and document, one time only, proof of visitor vaccination status as part of the Screening process. If required, the visitor vaccination list will be shared with Public Health.
    • Fully immunized visitors (two doses with the second dose received a minimum of two weeks prior) are required to wear a medical mask when moving through and in common areas of the care home. Visitors are not required to wear a medical mask while in direct contact with the person they are visiting once in the resident room or courtyard.
    • Non-immunized visitors, or visitors who cannot verify  immunization, are required to wear a medical mask for the duration of their visit.
  • Visitors are required to follow all Infection Prevention & Control guidance regarding safe visitation practices such as hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • After screening, visitors will proceed directly to their loved ones room unaccompanied by staff. There is still the expectation that a visitor is here to visit only with their loved one, not other residents or staff. Should you need to speak with staff, please call to make an appointment.  As always, our Nurses are available to speak with you about your loved ones care, and can be reached by phone.
  • The current Visitor Appeal and Review Process for Essential and Social Visits remains in place.

We are excited about these next steps in Social Visits and thank you for your continued commitment and adherence to these guidelines that aim to minimize risk for all residents, visitors and staff. This is an ongoing, shared approach to maintaining the challenging balance of safety and quality of life through the coming months.

Outings – If you are planning an outing with your loved one, please contact the nurse on the floor at least 24 hours in advance with the details to allow us to prepare resident for the outing.  Staff will escort the resident to the entrance door to meet you.

For more information on current provincial restrictions and PHO orders, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions

Keeping Social Visits Safe

We ask you to please adhere to the following safety protocols:

  • Do not visit Columbus Residence if you are sick.
  • All visitors will continue to be actively screened for signs and symptoms of illness prior to entry.
  • Medical masks are required by all visitors when moving through and in common areas of the care home
    • Fully immunized visitors are not required to wear a medical mask while in direct contact with the person they are visiting once in the resident’s room or courtyard.
    • Non-immunized visitors, or visitors who cannot verify immunization are required to wear a medical mask for the duration of their visit.
  • Your designated Social visiting space is either in your loved one’s room or outside in the courtyard (if space permits).  Social visits in common areas inside the building are not permitted at this time.
  • Practice good hand hygiene – sanitize hands on entry/exit and frequently during your visit.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette (cough or sneeze into elbow).

Thank you for keeping everyone’s safety in mind as we continue to welcome more visitors into our Columbus Community.

Reminders to Families:

Dropping Off Items for Residents:   Personal belongings brought to Columbus Residence should be minimal, and must be sanitized prior to going to resident’s room.  Items may not be given directly to residents.  Drop off times for items for residents are Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays) from 9am to 2pm – NO EXCEPTIONS.  Items dropped off outside of these hours will be picked up from the drop off box, sanitized and delivered at the next drop off day.  NO drop offs on weekends, or evenings or during social visits outside of the established drop off times.  Please do not call Care staff to retrieve drop off items as our Care team need to be focused on delivering care on the Care floors.

Bringing in Food for Residents: We ask that you please limit the amount of food that you bring for the residents to consume.  It is important that we do not have extra food kept in resident rooms as it attracts rodents.  Please keep in mind that Columbus Residence does not have fridge or food storage space for these extra food items and much food ends up not eaten and must be discarded.  Any food brought in must be placed in containers or packages that can be sanitized at the point of entry.

 

ONLINE AUCTION COMING SOON!

Watch for our online auction coming this September.  We will again be raising funds for our new bus.  You will not want to miss the terrific auction items!

DONATE AUCTION ITEMS:

If you would like to donate an item(s) for the auction, please email Holly Martin: hmartin@columbusresidence.ca

Public Tours of Columbus Residence Update:

Due to Covid-19 and current visitor restrictions, we are unable to offer in-person tours of Columbus Residence at this time.  To view features and amenities at Columbus Residence click on the virtual tour links below:

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Our Location

Our residence is located in South Vancouver in the Marpole district. We are conveniently close to major transit routes including a Canada Line skytrain station just two blocks east at Cambie Street and SW Marine Drive. Bridge access to Richmond and Vancouver International Airport is just a few blocks away.  » View Location Map

Accreditation

Columbus Residence has attained the highest level of performance, achieving excellence in meeting the requirements of the accreditation program.

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