Elders Program

Sul'hween Elders Program

As with most First Nations, the Elders hold a special place in Cowichan society.  The Elders Program ensures that the Elders are well cared for and provided with the right environment to carry out their responsibilities to the community.

The Elders Program includes:

  • Elders Lunch – Provide lunch to Elders Monday to Friday, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
  • Hul'q'umi'num Classes - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am.
  • Day Program – Provide physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural nourishment to elders and frail community members that would otherwise be on their own from Monday to Friday.
  • Bath Program – Provide access to special tub and walk-in shower for members who have difficulty bathing in regular bath facilities.
  • Personal Care – Provide in-home individual care and support.
  • Swimming Program – Help members with disabilities attend a water exercise program utilizing gentle water resistance exercises.
  • Healthy Lifestyles – Promote healthy living through a variety of home visits, group sessions, and drop-in sessions.
  • Good Food Bag - Monthly
Check out our monthly activity calendar below!

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Home Support Services

Home support helps people live safely in their own home for as long as possible. We provide care and support for you in your home if you are:

 recovering from illness or surgery

 have a chronic condition

 disabled, or

 need care at the end of your life.

Home support is intended to enhance your care. Our services are not meant to replace your efforts to care for yourself, with the help of your family, friends, and community.

Who can Receive Home Support?

Cowichan Tribes’ Home support program is available to First Nations people who reside on the Cowichan Reserve and who meet requirements.

An Elders’ Nurse works with applicants to identify their personal care needs and explore other options to meet those needs prior to starting home support. If needed, they will help link to other services in the area. If home support services are appropriate, the nurse will develop a plan of care.

For more information or to request an assessment, please call 250-715-3303 to speak to an Elders’ nurse.

Sul-hween Lelum/Elders Building

5764 Allenby Road
Duncan, BC   V9L 5J1

Ph:  (250) 715-3303

The professionals the support the program include:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Cowichan District Hospital Aboriginal Nurse Liaison
  • Personal care workers
  • Bus drivers & Meal delivery drivers
  • Cooks
  • Reception/Activity aide

What do we do?

  • In home visits by Personal Care Workers (PCW) for meal prep, personal care i.e. dressing & bathing, medication reminders and light housekeeping.
  • Supporting Elders by submitting special need requests for eye glasses, dentures, special medications, foot care.
  • Referring to Occupational Therapy, Island Health, Dietitian, Respiratory Therapy, communicating with doctors and community partners.  
  • Home visits to update or create Home Support plans.
  • Providing bus transport for our bathing program & activities


Elder's Support Team Members

Program Manager: Helena

Nurses: Cara, Angie, Danna

Reception/Activity Coordinator: Benecia

Elders Advocate: Veronica

Personal Care Workers: Dionne, Donna, Freda, Lucy, Marcie, Rob, Rose, Rachel, Loretta, and Victoria

Bus Drivers: Dean & Fabian

Meal Delivery Drivers: Doug

Kitchen: Charles, Selena, Freddy & Julie