Transitioning to adult care
Transitioning to adulthood is an exciting time and includes health care transition. It is important to start planning and preparing for health care transition as early as possible. Here is a map of your health care transition journey and what to expect. There are many aspects of health care transition and the information below will help guide the journey to adulthood.
Managing Your Health (For Patients)
Knowledge, skills, and self care to help manage health and wellness
Managing Your Child's Health (For Parents and Caregivers)
As your teen transitions to adulthood, as a parent or caregiver, your continued support is needed
Medical Decision Making
Consents, advanced directives, guardianship, power of attorney, and supported decision making
Insurance plans, waiver programs, and other financial options
Transfer to Adult Care
Referral, transfer, and what to expect at your first adult visit
Education and Tools
Additional education, information, and tip pages
Community partners, programs and associations to help support your transition
Clinical Transition Services
See what condition specific transition services and programs are offered by your clinic
View a listing of special transition events
MyChart and Apps
Technology offers tools to help you manage your transition journey. Children’s Health℠ encourages the use of MyChart, an online medical records system used by many major health care systems. Through MyChart, you are able to access your medical record and history through the transition from Children’s Health to adult care.
- Starting at age 14, a patient can sign up for their own MyChart account.
- At age 18, a parent’s access to their teenager’s MyChart account will end. If continued access to a MyChart account is needed, contact the HIM department and provide a copy of legal medical decision-making documents.
- At age 18, a patient can share their Children’s Health MyChart record by choosing to give access to friends and family.
For more information and directions on how to share access in MyChart, click here.
For questions or assistance with MyChart, contact the Health Information Management office at 214-456-2509.
There are many other tools, such as mobile apps, to assist with transition. Click below to see the condition specific apps available from Children’s Health:
Teen and Young Adult Advisory Council
Interested in sharing your ideas and perspectives on improving care at Children's Health? Join the teen and young adult advisory council.
Through the Family Advisor Network (FAN), Children’s Health partners with teen and young adult ages 13 through 22.
Members of the council will provide their insight, experience, and guidance on the care of teens and young adults across Children’s Health. Meetings are held on a monthly to quarterly basis and you can attend both in person and virtually.
For more information on the FAN and to become a member of the councils, click here.