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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.

Visiting Columbus Residence – UPDATED MARCH 14, 2022

On March 10/22, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry updated British Columbians about changes and lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions.  This included long-term care visitation changes, which will become effective on Friday, March 18, 2022.

Until March 18, the current visitation restrictions remain in place.


Effective March 18th 2022 we are delighted to welcome back all visitors!

Visits must be planned and booked in advance.  You can start booking visits now for March 18, and dates beyond, through: visits@columbus residence.ca

All visitors will require a rapid covid test when they arrive for their visit (exceptions are end of life visits and for children under 12)Due to the rapid testing requirement for all visitors, and our need to manage the number of visits and/or visitors at the front entrance, all visits must be planned and booked in advance.

Booking (arrival) times are between 9:40 am-11:15 am and 1:00 pm-4:15 pm daily.  To accommodate resident meal times, morning visitors are to leave by 12:00 noon and afternoon visitors by 5:00 pm.

Given the space resident rooms offer, we recommend a maximum of 3 visitors (2 adults/1 child) from one household per visit.  When booking, provide the number and names of people visiting to ensure we have the appropriate space and have allotted sufficient time to do rapid testing.

While Covid restrictions in the province have eased, restrictions in LTC homes, with the exception of social visits, remain unchanged to protect vulnerable residents.

A reminder of the preventative and infection control measures in place at Columbus Residence:

  • Vaccination, screening and masking (masks must be worn in all common areas and in elevators and we encourage visitors to keep their masks on while in their loved one’s room)
  • Hand hygiene, physical distancing and not coming to the care home when sick
  • Visitors should not enter common areas, other than the elevator and hallways to get to and from resident rooms

As visits are scheduled, and that time saved for you, please arrive on time.  If you do not come at the scheduled time, you may have a long waiting time or risk not being able to proceed with your visit, as some days may have a tight schedule.  We appreciate your cooperation.

If for some reason you cannot attend your scheduled visit, please notify visits@columbusresidence.ca that you need to cancel or reschedule your visit.

If you have any questions, please let the Visits/Screening team know, and they will try to assist, or forward you on to a Manager who will assist.

We look forward seeing you soon!


IMPORTANT NOTES:

Everyone who comes into a long-term care home must wear a medical mask (provided) while in elevators and common areas for the duration of their stay (visitors are encouraged to continue wearing their mask while in resident rooms).

If you are sick, with any symptoms, please stay home, and wait until you do not have any further symptoms.  If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with Covid in the last 5 days, we ask that you hold off visiting for a minimum of 5 days.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in minimizing risk to your loved one, all residents and our staff and community.

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

Thank You!  We Have Reached Our Goal!

‘Give a Lift’ Bus Fund

We are thrilled to report that we have reached our goal in our “Give a Lift” fundraising campaign and have raised the $130,000 needed to purchase a new bus for our residents.

We want to thank everyone who helped us reach this goal.  Our community has and continues to support the work being done at Columbus Residence. This past couple of years has put many challenges in our path and it is the support of our community that helps us make a difference in the quality of the lives of our residents.

Thank you!

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 Charity Auction: This September!

To ensure our residents maintain their quality of life, Columbus Residence needs to replace its existing tubs.  We will be holding an Online Charity Auction beginning September 13th. to realize our goal of raising $90,000 for the purchase of new specialized tubs for our residents.

To assist us in our goal we are looking for donations of gift certificates, experiences, resort stays, new goods and services that can be put up for auction.

Please contact our Board of Directors Fundraising Chair, Jo-Anne Harrison at jmcqueenharrison@gmail.com to arrange for your donation or for more information.


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

Support Columbus Residence

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

Birthday Party – May 26th

We will celebrate our May birthdays at our monthly Birthday Party on Thursday May 26th at 2:45 p.m.  Residents will…

Mother’s Day Tea – May 12th

We are celebrating all of our mothers with a special Mother’s Day Tea on Thursday May 12th at 2:45 p.m.

Mother’s Day Dinner – May 8th

A special Mother’s Day Dinner will be served to residents on Sunday May 8th. Mother’s Day Dinner Menu (pdf)

Birthday Party – April 28th

We celebrate our April birthdays at the monthly Birthday Party on Thursday April 28th at 2:45 pm