Children’s Mercy will help you prepare for adulthood, including transferring your medical care to a doctor that cares for adults. Most people can learn to manage their own health. It takes guidance from your medical team and support from the important people in your life.
What does this mean for you?
Around age 12, we will start talking with you about learning to manage your own health care.
By age 15, we want you to spend part of your clinic visit talking alone with your medical team.
At age 18, our goal is for you to be fully involved in your own health care.
By age 18-21, you will receive help to transition your care to a doctor outside of Children’s Mercy that treats adults.
The process may be a little different if you have special healthcare needs or an intellectual disability.
Teen and family advisory boards
Members of our Teen and Family Advisory Boards have helped us identify the information that will be most helpful to teens and their families.