The purpose of the Transition Checklist is to encourage you and your family to think about what specific steps are involved in you taking more charge of your health care and in your overall "transition" to adulthood. First, by completing the Checklist, we will see what you and your parents think you already know and do by yourself. Next, we will figure out what you need to practice and which topics you need more information about. Then we can list specific things you, your family and your health care team can all do to help you feel confident in your ability to take on more responsibility. We will regularly review how well you are learning and practicing what you need to know. The "Tips for Transition" sheets include some helpful hints on the kinds of things both you and your parents can practice or think about along the way.
Transition Checklist - ages 16-18
During a Clinic visit, the Social Worker will provide you and your parents each with Transition Checklists. Both you and your parents should complete the Checklists separately during the visit if time allows. (If not, you may complete them at home and mail/ bring them to Clinic.) That way we can see if you and your parents have similar or different ideas about what areas we need to focus on.
Follow the instructions at the top of the Checklist.
On the last page, the more detailed you can be in your answers the better. Review them with the Social Worker.
Together, we can decide what needs work and what you already do well enough on your own.
Then, we will all have some "homework" to do. For example, you may want to practice making your own Clinic appointments, so the Social Worker can provide you with instructions as to who to call and the phone number, then your parents can follow up by asking you if you made the call.
The Checklist can be completed yearly or more often if it would be useful to do so.
Finally, keep completed Checklists in your Education Notebook or create a separate one just for transition if that's easier. Keeping them will allow you to see just how far you've come in your knowledge and skills!
It is important to remember that we can be as creative as we want to be in how the Checklists are used, how to go about "practicing" new skills or how to test your knowledge about CF. We can involve other members of the team, include other family members, just focus on what you will be doing or any other ways you can think of that you will learn best. The point is that as you get better at doing things on your own, you will be better prepared to move on in all aspects of your life and plan for a great future!