At Technology For Living, we work with our members to identify and develop resources they need to live independently, safely and well.
This is a quick overview of TFL, 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.
TFL Community Partners
Technology for Living has a lot to offer but there are also a lot of other organizations and program that our members 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 members.
Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP)
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.
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.
Consumer Information Sites and Publications
Helpful Link (ALS)
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.
Ventilators: Education & Set up
A variety of resources for members 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
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
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
Ventilators communicate with members 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 members 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.
Assembly of Stellar Reusable Water Chamber
Disassembly of Stellar Reusable Water Chamber
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)
People living in the community in BC, who have a physical disability that stops them from living independently in their home, may qualify to receive services from the Technology for Independent Living (TIL) program. Here are some links about the program.
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.
In this section you will find videos that will help you with programming some of the most common TIL devices that members of Technology for Living use.
Gewa: Opening & Closing Levels
Ameriphone: Programming Phone Numbers
Ameriphone: Erasing Telephone Numbers
Members of Technology for Living are sometimes in a position where they may not need to wait for Technology for Living technicians to service faulty equipment. A few videos below may help our members 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
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