If you are living in a care or rehabilitation facility, and want to move into the community, the discharge process can be very challenging. BCITS can work with you to facilitate your transition to living in the community.
Do you use a ventilator?
If you are a ventilator user, most care facilities, including GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, know about our Provinicial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) and most likely will ask us to become involved in discharge planning. If you are currently a resident of the George Pearson Centre, a peer from the Community and Residents Mentors Association (CARMA) can support and advise you during your discharge.
At the George Pearson Center?
If you are currently a resident of the George Pearson Centre, a peer from the Community and Residents Mentors Association (CARMA) can support and advise you during your discharge.
24-hour on call service
A PROP Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is available around the clock to provide individualized information and advice. CALL (866)-326-1245
We have an equipment pool of ventilators, BiPaps and auxiliary equipment, as well as an inventory of supplies and parts. Inquire about equipment
Registered Respiratory Therapist Visits
Registered Respiratory Therapist or a Registered Nurse home visit for clients throughout BC. An annual respiratory assessment is completed and sent to your referring Respirologist for continuum of care.
We have developed a wide range of educational materials to assist and inform clients.
Living with ALS?
Our team has developed a unique level of expertise in providing the complex supports needed by people living with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Working with health service providers
We have developed strong and cooperative working relationships with health service providers in all health care regions of the province. This strengthens the net of safety and support for clients.
Benefits of becoming a BCITS member
Once you have become a member of BCITS, we can assist by:
attending discharge planning meetings
working with your care team
assessing your equipment needs
connecting you with a BCITS peer who knows about the discharge process, and
doing in-home assessments to set up your technological needs.
BCITS Member Support Services
You will be able to use BCITS’ members support services once you become a member. Click on the link above to download an application. Feel free to phone the Respiratory Outreach Program at 1-866-326-1245 or our Technology for Independent Living Program at 604-326-0175.
If you are not eligible for our services, we may be able to recommend a community organization or program that can help you with your needs. Many of those supports or services are listed here. Find Resources
We provide education to your caregivers, so that they can confidently support you in your home. A Tracheostomy and Ventilator course is offered every month, so the client and caregiver can gain practical experience.
Our equipment is safe
Our Biomedical Engineers maintain and repair all respiratory equipment for clients, including mounting ventilators on wheelchairs. We ensure that equipment used by our clients is available, safe and operational.
Transition from hospital to home
Our team works with acute care units to transition ventilator-dependent clients into the community. We partake in the discharge planning meetings so that all questions are answered, and you are well prepared to be successful at home. Download our Discharge Planning Guide here.