This is a quick overview of BCITS, the organization, read an insightful A Guide to Community Living for People with a High Level of Physical Disability and a quick link on how to become a member.
BCITS has a lot to offer but there are also a lot of other organizations and program that our clients might want to explore. Check out some of our Community Partners’ websites in this section.
People with disabilities have different needs when emergencies, such as fires or earthquakes, strike our communities. As part of a bigger working group, BCITS has come up with some helpful links to help inform our clients.
Emergency Preparedness Planning
People living in the community in BC, who meet certain medical criteria and require assisted ventilation, may qualify to receive services for the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP). Here are some links about the program.
Who We Are (PROP)
Some administrative tasks are required to access the services the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) is offering. The documents in this section will help to set the process in motion.
IVUN’s (International Ventilator Users Network) mission is to enhance the lives and independence of users of home mechanical ventilation (HMV) through education, advocacy, research and networking. Check out their website.
A variety of resources for clients and caregivers to learn more about the equipment provided to them. The following videos and information sheets offer tips, tricks, and general information to develop your expertise and comfort using PROP equipment in the home environment.
How to Set the Low Pressure/ Disconnect Alarm on the PB560
Emergency Case Scenario Troubleshooting
Ventilator Circuit Adjuncts
Non-emergent Suction Procedure
Trach Care and Cleaning Inner Cannula
Bilevel therapy provides positive airway pressure that can aid in a person’s breathing capacity. In the community, individuals diagnosed with various conditions can benefit from long term bilevel therapy including: spinal cord injury (SCI), scoliosis, and neuromuscular disorders (NMD) such as muscular dystrophy (MD), spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), poliomyelitis (post-polio), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The following videos provide information and strategies to optimize bilevel therapy use.
What is Bilevel
What to expect in an Initial Bilevel Therapy Start Up
How to Fit Nasal Mask and Pillows
How to Fit Bilevel Masks
Maintaining Your Bilevel Equipment
Manual Cough Assist
Consistent cleaning and maintenance of your tracheostomy tube, circuit, and ventilator supplies will optimize your health and prevent infection. The following videos outline PROP’s standard cleaning practices in the home environment.
Cleaning Ventilator Circuit
Implementing consistent standards in maintenance and cleaning of your bilevel equipment and supplies will optimize your health and prevent infection. The following videos outline PROP’s standard cleaning practices in the home environment.
Cleaning Bilevel Parts
All equipment and supplies should undergo regular and consistent cleaning schedules. The following videos outline PROP’s standard cleaning practices in the home environment.
Cleaning Red Suction Catheters
Ventilators communicate with clients and care givers with visual and audible alerts. The following videos navigate through various alerts to develop your expertise and comfort when troubleshooting ventilation equipment in the home environment.
Wheelchair Wiring for Ventilators
Troubleshooting Vents: Legendair Alarms
Troubleshooting Vents: PB560 Alarms
Bilevel devices communicate with clients and care givers with visual and audible alerts. The following videos navigate through various alerts to develop your expertise and comfort when troubleshooting bilevel equipment in the home environment.
Wheelchair Wiring for Bilevels
Troubleshooting Bilevels: Synchrony & Harmony II
Troubleshooting Bilevels: VPAPIII
Suctions units commonly develop leaks that reduce suction power. This reduction in suction may lead users to falsely believe that the suction unit requires service. The following video will outline stepwise how to troubleshoot and optimize suction power on a variety of suction units.
Troubleshooting for Suction Units
Troubleshooting on Vacu-aid Suction
Environmental Control Systems (ECS) allow people with severe physical disabilities to control devices in their homes, such as: telephones, light switches and electrical outlets, heating and security systems, door entry and access, and entertainment systems. The resources below introduce the Technology for Independent Living Program.
Opening Doors to Independence
The Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities in British Columbia to continue to live in the comfort of their home. As your physical needs change, so too does the need to modify your home environment. Adapting a home improves accessibility and promotes safe and independent living.
In this section you will find videos that will help you with programming some of the most common TIL devices that clients of BCITS use.
Gewa: Opening & Closing Levels
Ameriphone: Programming Phone Numbers
Ameriphone: Erasing Telephone Numbers
Clients of BCITS are sometimes in a position where they may not need to wait for BCITS technicians to service faulty equipment. A few videos below may help our clients to help themselves by troubleshooting their equipment when something is amiss.
GEWA: Low Battery Alarm
X-10 – Appliance Module Troubleshooting
X-10 – Call-Bell Troubleshooting
Gadgets are an integral part of life. Many gadgets run on batteries. Here is a helpful resource to help with extending the battery life for an iPhone.