Assisted Living
Tsawaayuus (Rainbow Gardens)

Location: Port Alberni
Operator: West Coast Native Health Care Society
Address: 6222 Compton Road, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7B8
Phone: 250-724-5655


Access to subsidized assisted living units is through a Home and Community Care assessment. For more information on subsidized units, contact the Home and Community Care Office nearest you. Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized units. For information on assisted living units, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.


    • Publicly Subsidized Units: 10
    • Private-Pay Units: 0

Building Description

This one-storey apartment-style building is run by the West Coast Native Health Care Society and has a complex care facility on site. It is situated one block from a bus route. Retail services including a pharmacy are within 3km. Our grounds are large and well maintained with lush, green lawns, benches and pathways throughout the property. The large patio is used for meals and activities. We have a greenhouse for our Resident Horticultural programs.

Building Amenities

The Resident Games Room has a large screen TV/DVD, an organ and a piano. There is a kitchen next to the dining room that is equipped with a fridge, stove, sink, and cupboards. Tenants can bake or cook together as part of an activity. The space allows larger groups to gather for tenants families.
The building is secure. Tenants may lock the doors to their apartments. A key fob that opens the main door and individual apartments makes locking and unlocking easier.

Neighbourhood / Community Amenities

Tsawaayuus is in a newer residential area. Shopping, pharmacy, hospital, restaurants and hotels are less than five minutes away. Port Alberni Parks and Recreation offers a multitude of activities for city residents. Movies, live performances and special events are scheduled regularly. The Alberni Valley has a natural beauty that everyone enjoys.

Language, Culture or Religious Affiliation

Tsawaayuus is a unique, responsibly managed assisted-living facility whose mission is to provide holistic, culturally competent care in a family-like environment with an emphasis on Aboriginal people.

In 1985, a group of ladies had a dream of building a safe home for Native Elders, which would also hire native employees to look after the Elders. The ten assisted living apartments are in addition to the original 30 residential care beds opened in 1992.

There are some First Nations people working in each department, First Nations people in management and First Nations people on the Board of Directors.

Philosophy of Care

At Tsawaayuus we have an underlying respect for who people are. We strive to keep each Resident as well as they can be. We accept each Resident as a unique whole person physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and culturally.
Tsawaayuus plays a role in the community which includes education. We challenge and act against racism.

Each Resident has a family they are important to whether it is the family within Tsawaayuus or their relatives in the community.
The house we maintain for Residents is comfortable and warm. Care provided is supportive and culturally appropriate to the individual. We are relationship focused.

Staff are valued for the skills, knowledge and abilities they bring to Tsawaayuus. They are responsible to know how to provide safe care and maintain a safe environment for Residents. Staff are open to learning and sharing. We are cooperative as a team and we have concern for one another.

Type of Accommodation

There are self-contained individual apartments with ensuite bathrooms and storage. Each unit has a full sized stove and fridge in the kitchen. There is individually controlled air-conditioning and heat. The building is wheelchair accessible and there are grab-bars in the bathrooms. There is a spacious lounge and dining area. Tenants have a recreational program as well as the use of 2 wheel-chair accessible vans. Podiatry services and hair-dressing services are available.


Residents pay 70% of their after-tax income which covers: 1) monthly rental accommodation; 2) hospitality services: two meals daily, weekly housekeeping, laundry, etc.; 3) personal care; and 4) on-site emergency response system. Residents on income assistance pay a flat rate. Items not included as a part of the monthly fee include: telephone, cable, hydro, personal laundry, household and toiletry supplies, medications, personal care products and insurance.

Special Recreational Opportunities

Tenants are welcome to participate in group exercises, entertainment, bingo, baking, shopping, and seasonal activities. Occasionally a special trip to watch a play at the Chemainus Theatre will be arranged.
Two buses with wheel-chair lifts are available for outings.


    • Manual/power wheelchair accessible throughout.

Motorized Scooter Policy

    • There are outlets in the storage area and a patio area to park and re-charge scooters.

Pet Policy

    • No pets are allowed

Smoking Policy

    • Smoking permitted in designated outdoor areas only

Safety/Security Features

    • Secure entrance with telephone intercom.
    • Fire alarms (flashing lights and sprinklers throughout). Fire drills practiced regularly. Orientation to fire safety provided.
    • Each tenant has a Lifeline System

Facility-Specific Restrictions

    • Housing for seniors and younger individuals with disabilities
    • No alcohol permitted