Tsawaayuus - Rainbow Gardens

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Access to subsidized residential care is coordinated by Island Health staff.

Please do not contact the Operator directly regarding subsidized residential care. For more information on subsidized residential care, contact an Island Health Community Health Services office near you.

For information on private residential care, please refer to the Seniors Housing Directory of BC.

6151 Russell Pl
Port Alberni, B.C.
V9Y 7W3


West Coast Native Health Care Society

Accreditation Status

We achieved Primer Level in February 2016.

Accreditation is an external peer review process to assess and improve the services health care organizations provide to their patients and clients, based on standards of excellence set by Accreditation Canada. For more information, visit: http://www.accreditation.ca.


Publicly Subsidized Units: 43
Private-Pay Units: 1

Building Description

This one-storey apartment-style building is situated one block from a bus route. Our grounds are large and well maintained with lush green lawns, and 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

Our resident kitchenette is self-contained with stove, microwave and dinette set. There is also a hair salon, activity room, gift shop (which is operated by our Ladies Auxiliary), a greenhouse, and bathing room – with state of the art tub, hydraulic lift chair, and jacuzzi, as well as a domestic tub with grab bars and a shower that is accessible to wheeled shower chairs.

Neighbourhood/Community Amenities

Tsawaayuus (Rainbow Gardens) 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 residential care facility whose mission is to provide holistic, culturally competent care in a family-like environment with an emphasis on Indigenous 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 an 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

30 private rooms. Each room is equipped with a bed, desk, locked drawer, closet, grab bars, bathroom and ceiling lift.


Residents pay 80% of their after tax income which covers the cost of food and accommodation.

Special Recreational Opportunities

Our activity department operates Monday to Friday and has a variety of activities each day, such as:

  • chair exercises
  • puzzle time
  • bowling
  • floor curling
  • bean bag toss

We also have a variety of entertainers who come into the facility to perform regularly. Two buses with wheel-chair lifts are available for outings.


Manual/power wheelchair accessible throughout.

Motorized Scooter Policy

There are some spaces outside the rooms for a motorized scooter which have access to an outlet for charging.

Pet Policy

No pets are allowed.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas only.

Safety/Security Features

24 hour staffing.

Any Other Amenities

There is a hair salon which operates 1.5 days per week, and a garden which grows vegetables for our kitchen.

Visiting Information

Find information on long-term care visitor guidelines.

Please contact staff to learn more about visiting this location.

During influenza season (typically December-March), to help protect patients from the flu, all visitors will be expected to wear a mask in our facilities if they have not had a flu shot. For more information, please read our Influenza Protection Policy.

Provincial policy requires all visitors to be informed:  "Violence, foul language and abusive behaviours are not acceptable. Verbal threats or acts of violence will not be tolerated and may result in removal from this facility and/or prosecution."


Nanaimo, Oceanside, Alberni-Clayoquot