Main floor has a media/games room, dining room and outdoor patio with resident garden. There is a secondary patio on the second floor which is accessible through the reading room. A multi-purpose room has a full kitchen in the event residents want to host a dinner. Coin operated washers and dryers. Non-denominational chapel. Also available are hairdressing services (weekly), foot care (monthly). Indoor secured scooter storage.
Staff speak English, Tagalog, Polish, French, Cantonese and Mandarin, and Russian.
The building is owned by Columbus Charities and there are Catholic images in some common areas. However, religious affiliation is not a criterion for residency.
Not accredited by a national organization. Accreditation is not a requirement of assisted living but some residences have received accreditation status. It is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their residents, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada.
Assisted Living provides accommodation, hospitality and personal care services in a manner that:
- Promotes and maximizes choice, dignity, and control for Residents;
- Promotes the Residents’ right to privacy as well as opportunities for social interaction;
- Supports Residents’ independence through physical design features in the building and the delivery of support services;
- Provides care and services that are shaped to meet the Residents’ needs; and
- Creates a home-like environment that supports the Residents’ preferred lifestyle
- Type of accommodation
There are 47 subsidized assisted living units and 50 non-subsidized independent living units (access to these units is through Columbus Charities Association). All the AL units have the same floor plan and square footage (275 sq.ft.); they are bachelor suites with a bathroom and galley kitchen. The units are not suitable for couples.
All units have a fridge, microwave and cook top. Tenants provide the furnishings for their suites. Common areas have comfortable furnishings.
Resident contribution is an amount up to 70% of after tax income, subject to a minimum and maximum amount. The resident contribution includes: monthly rental accomoddation, hospitality services (meals, housekeeping, etc) and personal care. Couples living together pay up to 70% of combined after tax income.
Examples of items that are not included as part of the 70% include: telephone, cable, household and toiletry supplies, all medications, personal care supplies and insurance.
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Self-serve continental breakfast available from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.. Table service for lunch and dinner. Choice of two entrees available for all meals. Special diets available upon request. Afternoon tea served daily.
Included in the monthly rent is weekly laundering of linens and towels (which are supplied by Millennium Tower); as is weekly light cleaning of resident’s suite. Coin operated laundry is available for tenants.
Full-time recreation coordinator offers a variety of programs designed to maintain and/or improve mobility and social interaction. Programs include but are not limited to: exercises, trivia, current events, movie matinees/evenings, bingo, library carts, shuffleboard, and community outings.
Recreation programs are open to all residents of the building. Most recreation costs are covered by the rent; bus trips are subsidized by recreation, but residents contribute to the bus’s rental.
24 hour emergency response is available. Each room has two call bells. One in the bed room area, the other in the bathroom.
Residents must be able to move around their unit on their own and make their own way to the dining room, with or without mobility aides.
Smoking is prohibited in the building, including tenant suites. Tenants may smoke in the designated areas outside.
Building is fully equipped with sprinklers, including common areas and resident suites. Smoke detectors in all units and common areas. Main doors are secured at all hours and visitors must ring the residents for access to the building. Security cameras on main floor. Secured underground parking.
No restrictions on visiting hours. However, it is requested that noise be kept down after 10 p.m.
Resident parking is available for $50 per month.
Visitor parking is available at no charge. Regular visitors may lease a parking clicker from Columbus Charities. The $50 fee is fully refundable.
Located in the West End, Millennium Tower is close to grocery stores, drug stores, post office, numerous restaurants, and English Bay. It’s on a bus route, which gives easy/quick access to the West End Community Centre, Joe Fortes Library, Stanley Park and Downtown shopping.
Not suitable for couples due to the size of the units. Building is on a hill.
Not able to accommodate individuals who are not able to manage the range of decisions necessary to function safely in Assisted Living.
Residents will be supported until alternate arrangements can be made.
Tours are available for those that have been pre-approved by a case manager. Tour times are flexible, but an appointment must be made.
Last updated April 2016.