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As you get older, you will be expected to take on more responsibility in your health care — knowing how to manage your health, and when to ask for help.

Tips and Links

  • Just TRAC it! List ALL allergies in your Notes app on your phone.
  • Get a MedicAlert bracelet. If you are between the ages of 4-14 and your school is in MedicAlert’s No Child Without program, you might be able to get a free bracelet! Check to see if your school in BC is registered here.
  • Did you get know you can also get a Medic alert tattoo?

Activities

Canadian Medic Alert Membership 

Tips and Links

  • Use your phone or tablet to Just TRAC it!
    • Notes app: list the names of your medications, the dose, and how often you take them.
    • Calendar app: set an alarm reminding you when to take your medications and track any side effects.
    • Camera: take a photo of your medication labels.
  • Get a copy of your PharmaNet record – all the medications you have ever taken in BC – through your local pharmacy.
  • Are your parents worried about you taking your meds? Watch this video.
  • Look into free mobile apps to track your medications and send reminders.
  • Non-emergency questions for a Pharmacist can be answered through HealthLinkBC or dial 8-1-1.

Activities

Take a Medication QuizBe Your Own Best AdvocateHow to Talk to Your Pharmacist
 

Tips and Links

  • Use your phone to Just TRAC it!
    • In the Contacts app – add the phone number of your pharmacy and the name of your pharmacist.
    • In the Caledars app – keep track of the expiry dates for your prescriptions and set reminders to have them refilled.
  • Check pill containers for refills and ensure that you always have one refill handy.
  • If you’re planning to move away from home, check the locations of pharmacies in your new neighbourhood.
  • Know when medications require a Special Authority Request from Pharmacare and how to get this form completed and submitted.

Tips and Links

  • When you’re at the hospital, ask for copies of your blood test results.
  • Take a picture of your test results with your phone.
  • Always ask your health care providers to explain your test results.
  • At 16 years you can set up an E-Health profile to access all your lab results online.
 

Tips and Links

  • Ask and give your informed consent before any medical tests.
  • Check out the laws in BC around Confidentiality and Consent.
  • Write down reasons for tests in the Notes app in your phone. 

Activities

Getting Information to Make Informed Decisions

Tips and Links

  • Post an emergency plan on your fridge at home.
  • Tools for you to create a mobile emergency plan.
  • Discuss key items and list them in the Notes app on your phone: name of condition, medications, allergies, mobility and communication issues.
  • Have a list of people who know about your health condition – keep a copy in print and on your phone.
  • Let BC Ambulance know about special communication, behavior, or mobility needs.
  • TRAC it! Add emergency numbers to your Contacts app on your phone.

Activities

An Emergency PlanA Health Care AdvocateChoosing a Health Care AdvocateCanadian MedicAlert Membership
 

Tips and Links

  • Just TRAC it!: Add emergency numbers to your Contacts app on your phone.
  • Make sure your close friends have your family’s contact numbers on their phones.
  • Get a MedicAlert bracelet. If you are between the ages of 4-14 and your school is in MedicAlert’s No Child Without program, you might be able to get a free bracelet! Check to see if your school in BC is registered here.
  • Did you get know you can also get a Medic alert tattoo?

Activities

An Emergency PlanA Health Care AdvocateChoosing a Health Care AdvocateCanadian MedicAlert Membership
 

Tips and Links

 

Tips and Links

  • Use your phone or tablet to Just TRAC it!
    • In the Calendar app – store your health care appointment dates and times, and set reminders or alarms to help you remember them.
    • In the Notes app – list your health care team, which could include your famly practitioner (physician or nurse practitioner), specialists, nurses, physiotherapist, dietician, counsellor, and dentist, as a start. Include their names, roles, phone numbers, and emails. 
  • Think about how you would get to an appointment on your own. Consider transportation, cost, scheduling, and if you are comfortable going alone.
  • Check out options for public transit – you might be eligible for a discount!

Activities

Getting Ready for a Health Care AppointmentTransportation and Getting Around
 

Tips and Links

Activities

What I Need To Know About My Health ConditionGraduation Checklist
 
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