Transition to adult care
Introduction to transition
Transition is a process of moving from pediatric health care to adult health care. This transition often presents new challenges for youth with chronic illness or special needs and their families. Youth need to learn, practice and become confident in the skills they need to manage their own health. Families need to learn about the adult services that will help support their teen in the adult world.
Tools for transitioning to adult care
Around the age of 13 you gain rights to consent for certain kind of medical care as well as confidentiality expectations. By the age of 18 you legally become responsible for your health care.
Some of the issues you or your family may need to address as part of the transition plan include self-management of medical conditions, medications and equipment/supplies. Also financial planning, decision-making, services and education are among other important aspects in planning your transition to adult care.
How well do you understand the plan of care? It's imperative to understand your medications, how to plan appointments, and verifying you have all of the necessary equipment, supplies and resources as you cross into adult-hood.
It is important that you choose a primary care doctor and specialty providers that you trust and feel comfortable with.
It is important to always have health insurance to help pay for your healthcare needs.
Education and employment
The following tools and guidance can be used to better prepare yourself, or your child for transitioning to adult care.
Mental health can have a serious impact on physical health and the progression of a child into adulthood.
Parenting and raising a child/youth with complex health care needs, who also may have intellectual and developmental disabilities can be challenging.