Take Charge of Your Health

Staying healthy is an important part of having a good life.  There are times we have to see medical professionals (like Doctors, Naturopaths etc.) to make sure we stay healthy or to help us get better when we are sick.  It can be difficult to remember everything we want to tell the doctor when we are at the appointment.  It is helpful to write out how we are doing before we go so we can give it to the doctor.  You can ask someone to help you write it down or do it yourself. A tool to use is 5.2-My-Healthcare-Visit that Surrey Place has developed.  When you start to feel sick, write on paper all the different things that you are feeling.  It will help the doctor to figure out what is happening to you and get you the best care.

Take charge of the doctor’s appointment.  This is about you.  If you do not understand something ask your doctor to explain.  If you find it helpful to have a support with you, ask someone you trust to come with you.  They can write down the information you receive at the appointment so you can have it later to remember.  You can also ask your doctor to write it down for you.

Medications and taking them correctly are another important part of living independently. Here is a link to a video brochure with information about taking medications, What I need to know about taking medication.   Your doctor or pharmacist can also answer your questions. It’s always okay to ask questions and make sure you understand.  It’s all about you!


Make a Cheese Sandwich

Make a Cheese Sandwich is a step by step visual recipe to use when making a cheese sandwich.  This is a resource from www.surreyplace.ca .  They have lots of great resources on their website to access.  The best way to learn how to make a meal is to practice it over and over.  When you have a recipe it can help you remember what steps to follow.  You can do this! Post a picture in the comments once you have completed it so we can all cheer your success. Happy eating.

Working on Independence at Home

We have found that there are apps to use on your cell phone or tablet that can be helpful for organizing all the independent living tasks that need to be completed.  In the TIFS program we come across many of them through word of mouth or stumbling on something we find useful.  Today I opened an email!

Let me tell you about a website that I was given to review.


This website created by the University of Quebec Trois Rivieres has taken helpful independent living apps and organized them.  They are found under 12 category headings that include topics such as budget, housekeeping, hygiene, nutrition, among others. When you click on Technologies Directory you are taken to the categories.  I downloaded a few of the apps to try and I was impressed with them.  They have far more than what I explored but here is info about just a couple.  If you have the time the website is worth visiting.

Youmiam is an app that offers simple recipes based on what foods you like and your level of expertise in cooking.  I like that the ingredients are listed with a picture of the item beside it.  The recipes I looked at had just a few ingredients and easy to follow instructions.

Shopping List 2017 has a free setting that does not come with a lot of grocery items but if you pay for the app they offer more items.  The grocery items have the name of the food and a picture symbol beside it.  You click on the ones you need to create your grocery list.  When you are grocery shopping you click on the items on your shopping list and they are moved to purchased so you can see what you have left to pick up.  Super easy to use and great to help you remember everything you need.

We are always seeking out new tools to help people develop and maintain their independence.  If you have any tools you have found that are helpful list them in the comments.  It’s a great way for everyone to learn from each other.

How Can I Encourage You…..


If you ask a question and I give you an answer…I am helping you.

If you ask a question and I show you how to look for an answer…I am encouraging your ability to be resourceful in finding answers on your own.

If I block all the things that can be difficult for you…I am helping you.

If I show you how to deal with the things that can be difficult for you…I am encouraging your ability to be prepared for difficult things.

If I pick you up each time you fall…I am helping you.

If I show you how to get up when you fall…I am encouraging your ability to be resilient when falling in the future.

If I tell you what you need…I am helping you.

If I ask you what you need…I am encouraging your ability to be aware of your own needs for yourself.


Now…how can I encourage you?


~Tami Schaafsma