About the Diabetes: Transitioning to Adulthood
Over the course of three to six months, your Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) diabetes team will work with you to make sure you're ready to transition to an adult diabetes team.
- The social worker on your team will lead this effort. Make sure you are scheduled to see a social worker at your next two diabetes appointments. He or she will help you:
- Pick an adult provider
- Make an appointment (if you’d like)
- Take over the responsibility of managing your prescriptions and supplies
- Understand how your insurance works to help pay for diabetes care
- Face issues you may have when managing diabetes at work or college
- Your diabetes educator will work with you to address any areas of diabetes management where you need help.
- Your nutritionist is available to review healthy eating, carbohydrate counting or any other nutritional concerns you might have.
- Your nurse practitioner will write a summary letter introducing you to your new diabetes team. This summary will provide your new care providers with all the information they need to take over your care. You will also receive a copy of this letter and should bring it to your first appointment.
Effective diabetes management requires a team of medical professionals who each bring unique expertise to your care. Our diabetes team partners with patients and families to encourage independence, self-reliance and collaboration.