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Paloma Leon, Recreation Coordinator & Jean

Columbus Residence Celebrates 30 years

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 – April 1, 2021

Dear Family, Friends and Community:

It is with excitement and caution that we bring this new update to you regarding the changes in long-term care social visiting guidelines.  We have now developed our social visits safety plan within the established guidelines announced on March 25, 2021 by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C.’s Minister of Health, Adrian Dix.

A detailed information email has been sent to the Emergency Contact or Designated Social Visitor of all of our residents.  If you have received this email, please forward it to other family/friends who may be planning a visit to Columbus Residence.

With the easing of restrictions, there is an understanding of higher risk so we must work together to strive to ensure an ongoing, shared approach to maintain the challenging balance of safety for all and quality of life for your loved ones.  We have safety measures in place and require families to adhere to them.

Highlights of the new In Room Social Visits plan:
  • Social visits may have a maximum of 2 adult visitors at one time (one child under 18 may accompany the 2 adults)
  • Social visits must be booked in advance. Columbus Residence requires requests for visits to be made at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Social visits are to be booked through email: Visitors who do not use email can call the Recreation Department at 604.321.4405 Ext. 124
  • All social visits will now be in resident rooms
  • Social visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of illness, including Covid-19 upon arrival for every visit and will be required to wear a mask at all times while attending Columbus Residence, including while in their loved one’s room
  • Social visits will be booked within the following two time blocks, 7 days/week:
    • 10:00 – 12:00 pm
    • 1:30 – 5:00 pm
  • In order for all residents to have opportunities to have social visits with their family and friends, we can provide up to two social visits per week per resident. Residents, family members and friends will need to communicate with each other to book social visits accordingly.

More Social Visit Highlights


Columbus Covid-19 Fund

Since early March, the expenses related to implementing safety and hygiene protocols at Columbus Residence has increased our non-labour costs by approximately $5000 each month. Your donation will fund some of the additional costs and help provide activities like our ‘Window Visit Days’.

Safety Plan for In-Room Social Visits

Below are links to Columbus Residence’s safety plans and protocols for Social Visitors at Columbus Residence as of April 1, 2021:

Columbus Residence Safety Plan for In-Room Social Visits

Safety Protocols for Visitors During Social Visits

Prior to each visit, it is recommended that Visitor(s) complete a self-assessment at and confirm that they have no symptoms of illness.

Reminders to Families:

Dropping Off Items for Residents- UPDATE April 1/21:   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, the current drop-off procedures remain in place.  Drop off times for items for residents continue to be 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.

Filing 2020 Income Taxes: A reminder from VCH to file 2020 income taxes by April 30, 2021.  It is very important to file in a timely manner because the monthly resident rate is re-calculated annually using the information from your Notice of Assessment (see attached notice for more information).

Take a Tour!

Columbus Residence offers regularly scheduled tours for those individuals interested in seeing our home and finding out more about what life is like in our community. Tours are by appointment only. If you would like to join one of our scheduled tours, please call during regular office hours : 604.321.4405. Note: We are unable to accommodate personal tours in the evening or on weekends.

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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


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

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Donors play a tremendous role in helping us fulfill our Mission by sponsoring our varied programs and services and by providing funds to enhance the physical comfort and peacefulness of our home.

Letters of Appreciation

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