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.

Work undertaken by the Sul’hween team includes:

  • Elders Lunch – Provide lunch to Elders twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday
  • 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.
  • ‘Uy Sultun Letsus – Provide affordable fruit and vegetables.

Professionals employed by Sul’hween include:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Dietitian 
  • Community health representatives
  • Personal care workers.



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.