Columbus Residence consists of two buildings:
Our Care Residence
Opened in 1990, our four-storey care building accommodates 58 residents on the second and third floors and 18 residents on our fourth floor Special Care Unit. We strive to create the look and feel of home as well as to foster a sense of community.
The main floor is a centre of activity and offers a number of communal areas including a large lounge area with fireplace, piano and big screen television, a sunny dining room, recreation room, hair salon, and our administrative offices. Our chapel is also located on the main floor.
Resident rooms are located on the second, third and fourth floors. The floors are decorated in contemporary shades and the vinyl flooring in the hallways resembles hardwood. Each of these floors has a care station, lounge area, sunroom, and a bathing room with a bathtub and a wheelchair accessible shower.
Resident Bedroom Suites
All rooms are private except for one which is shared by two residents. Each of the bedroom suites has a two-piece ensuite bathroom and all suites are equipped with individual thermostats, a large screened window with curtains and a large closet. The suites come completely furnished with an electric bed, a desk and a nightstand with a lockable drawer.
We encourage residents to decorate their bedroom suites with their own familiar furnishings (except for the bed), artwork, photos and other personal mementos to create a space that is uniquely their own.
A personal nurse call system is installed in each room beside the bed and in the washroom. This call system is connected directly to the telephone handset carried by all care staff.
All rooms are equipped with connections for telephone and cablevision however these services are not provided by Columbus Residence. You will need to make your own installation and billing arrangements with the telephone and cable provider of your choice.
Garden and Outdoor Areas
Columbus Residence is situated on a tree-lined street. More trees and garden areas with seasonal plantings surround our building. Our main entrance courtyard area is beautifully landscaped with a walking handrail and many comfortable cedar benches.
Our main floor dining room has large windows overlooking an open green space. There is a protected, glassed-in patio area adjacent to the Sun Room on the second floor, “Olive’s Garden” is a delightful garden with seating area and a greenhouse.
Our “Garden of Hope” is a therapeutic patio garden located on our fourth floor. This large garden area features a specially designed walking path, a mural and garden with spiritual theme, a fountain, flower gardens and trellises, and cedar patio furniture. While this garden was designed with special care residents in mind, all residents and their visitors are invited to visit the Garden of Hope.
Our Special Care Unit
Our Special Care Unit is available for 18 residents with Alzheimer’s Disease or other memory impairments. Located on our top floor, this is a secured unit.
Residents have their own dining room and lounge area as well as a beautiful outdoor patio garden. All resident rooms are private and have their own two-piece ensuite bathroom.
Staff working on this floor are trained in dementia care and are very experienced in working in this special environment. Recreation, music therapy and pastoral care programs are specially designed to meet the needs of our residents living on this floor.
Our Independent Living Apartments
We offer 23 one bedroom apartments for independent tenants who meet the provincial criteria for subsidized housing.
Each apartment has a private balcony and secured underground parking is available. There is a communal laundry room and an attractive amenity room and outdoor patio for tenant social functions.
Columbus Residence provides administrative and maintenance services to the apartment building but does not provide any nursing, meal or housekeeping services to tenants. Tenants will need to make their own arrangements for any home support services they may require.
We welcome our apartment tenants to join in our community social events as well as our daily chapel services.
Columbus Residence does not directly accept tenancy applications. Applications for tenancy must be made through the B.C. Housing Registry. For more information about subsidized housing or to apply for housing, please visit the B.C. Housing website.