Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program
About the PROP Program
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).
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 member and caregiver can gain practical experience.
Our equipment is safe. Our Biomedical Engineers maintain and repair all respiratory equipment, including mounting ventilators on wheelchairs. We ensure equipment used by our members is available, safe and operational.
Transition from hospital to home. Our team works with acute care units to transition ventilator-dependent members into the community. We help with discharge planning meetings so that all questions are answered, and you’re well prepared to be successful at home.
Equipment is available including ventilators, BiPaps and auxiliary equipment, as well as an inventory of supplies and parts.
Registered Respiratory Therapist or a Registered Nurse home visit for members can occur throughout BC. An annual respiratory assessment is completed and sent to your referring Respirologist for continuum of care.
More information about our program:
- 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
We’ve developed strong, cooperative working relationships with health service providers in all regions of the province. This strengthens the safety net of support for all members.
If you’re living in a care or rehabilitation facility, and want to move into the community, the discharge process can be very challenging. PROP can work with you to facilitate your transition to living in the community.
If you’re a ventilator user, most care facilities, including GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, know about our program (PROP) and will ask us to be involved in discharge planning.
If you’re living with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), our team has developed a unique level of expertise in providing the complex supports needed.
Are you eligible?
Recommended conditions for home ventilation includes
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Central Hypoventilation Syndrome
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
- Myotonic Dystrophy
- Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
- Other Muscular Dystrophies and Myopathies
- Post-Polio Syndrome
- Spinal Cord Injury
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
Medical criteria: Medical Criteria are based on the Canadian Thoracic Society’s guidelines for home ventilation. The guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations on individuals requiring HMV. HMV can be considered if there is a neuromuscular disorder or chest wall restriction. Further tests may be needed to identify your needs, but a conversation with your respirologist is the first step towards a referral for PROP services.
Non-medical Criteria: Applicants are residents of British Columbia, who are living independently at home and not in a residential care setting. Applicants have the ability to make decisions to direct care in PROP’s client directed model.
How to Apply
Announcement from Philips-Respironics of Medical Device Recall Notice
June 15, 2021
Technology For Living is aware of the recall notice of Philips-Respironics medical devices. PROP members that are users of these affected devices will be notified as soon as possible. Technology For Living is, and will continue to be, in close communications with Philips-Respironics representatives to ensure we move toward solutions efficiently and effectively.