Self-help resources

At BCITS, we work with our clients to identify and develop resources they need to live independently, safely and well.

BCITS Overview

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 Brochure

Becoming a BCITS Member

Turning Point: A guide to community living for people with a high level of physical disability

Emergency Preparedness

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

Emergency Planning Guide

BC Emergency Preparedness Guide for PWD

Back-up Power for Ventilators

Back-up Power for Bilevels

BC Emergency Preparedness

Disability Alliance BC Emergency Preparedness

Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP)

Introduction

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)

A Brief History of the Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP)

An External Review of PROP

Discharge Planning Guide (PROP)

Managing your Supplies (PROP)

Air Travel with Ventilator or Bilevel

Getting started with 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.

Prescription for PROP Services

Client Information and Release Form

Medical Indications for Home Ventilation

Consumer Information Sites and Publications

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.

International Ventilator Users Network

Ventilators: Education & Set up

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

Backup Power Guide for Ventilators (PROP)

Legendair Cheat Sheet

PB560 Cheat Sheet

Bilevels: education & set up

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

Backup Power Guide for Bilevels

Respironics Harmony Cheat Sheet

Respironics Synchrony Cheat Sheet

Respironics Synchrony II Cheat Sheet

Respironics System One Cheat Sheet

ResMed VPAP III ST-A Cheat Sheet

Lung Volume Recruitment Maneuver (LVRM)

Manual Cough Assist

Equipment Cleaning Ventilators

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

Equipment Cleaning Bilevels

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

Cleaning Red Rubber Suction Catheters

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

Troubleshooting Ventilators

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

Troubleshooting Bilevels

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

Troubleshooting Suction Machines

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

Technology for Independent Living (TIL)

Introduction

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.

Welcome to TIL

Technology for Independent Living (TIL) Brochure

TIL Application

TIL Door Opener Application

Opening Doors to Independence

Consumer Information Sites and Publications

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.

Home Adaptations for Independence

Equipment Programming

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: Programming

Gewa: Opening & Closing Levels

Ameriphone: Programming Phone Numbers

Ameriphone: Erasing Telephone Numbers

Equipment Troubleshooting

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

Gadget Tips

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.

Extending your iPhone Battery Life


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