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What is an adult care centre like?WWhat is an adult care centre like?What is an adult care centre like?EnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z7.2000000000000068.5000000000000648.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Like some other teenagers, you may be excited about your move to adult care. Or you may be nervous to leave the paediatric team that you have gotten to know so well. Both reactions are normal. Being prepared and knowing what to expect can make your transition smoother.</p>
À quoi ressemble un centre pour adultes?ÀÀ quoi ressemble un centre pour adultes?What is an adult centre like?FrenchOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Comme d'autres adolescents, il est possible que tu sois enthousiaste à l'idée d'être transféré vers des soins pour adultes ou vers ton médecin de famille. Ou tu pourrais être nerveux à l'idée de quitter ton équipe en pédiatrie que tu connais bien. Ces deux réactions sont normales. Toutefois, si tu es préparé et si tu sais à quoi t'attendre, la transition se fera en douceur.</p>

 

 

 

 

What is an adult care centre like?3580.00000000000What is an adult care centre like?What is an adult care centre like?WEnglishOncologyPre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-15 years);Late Teen (16-18 years)NANASupport, services and resourcesPre-teen (9-12 years) Teen (13-15 years) Late Teen (16-18 years)NA2019-09-03T04:00:00Z7.2000000000000068.5000000000000648.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Like some other teenagers, you may be excited about your move to adult care. Or you may be nervous to leave the paediatric team that you have gotten to know so well. Both reactions are normal. Being prepared and knowing what to expect can make your transition smoother.</p><h2>What are the similarities between paediatric and adult care?</h2><p>Both paediatric care and adult care are focused on your health. Helping you stay as healthy as possible is the ultimate goal.</p><h2>What’s the main difference?</h2><p>The main difference is in the focus of care.</p><ul><li>Paediatric care is family-centred. Your family may have been with you during appointments and involved in making decisions about your care.</li><li>Adult care is patient-centred. This means you (the patient) get to take a lead role in making decisions and managing your health. You get to be empowered to take care of yourself! While this may be a bit overwhelming at first, it’s a great opportunity to start gaining some independence.</li></ul><p>Your health-care provider will expect to hear from you and will ask you questions directly. You may be expected to attend appointments on your own, but you can request that a family member or close friend come in with you for support.</p><h2>How can I prepare for the transition?</h2><p>Transition takes time, so it is best to start as early as possible. Your health-care team will help you. You can prepare for the transition by:</p><ul><li>learning all about your cancer and your health history (like you have been doing throughout this program)</li><li>practicing <a href="/Article?contentid=3557&language=English">self-monitoring</a> and describing your symptoms in appointments</li><li>managing your medications, scheduling appointments, and making healthy lifestyle choices</li><li>getting to know your cancer treatment history and being able to give a three-sentence summary of your health</li><li>answering questions in appointments; being involved in making decisions; and, over time, spending part or all of the appointment alone with your health-care provider</li><li>starting to learn about your health insurance and the types of treatments it covers</li></ul><p>Many teenagers and young adults feel better knowing they are in control. Learning the skills to help with this process can take time; but, in the end, these skills can help you achieve your goals for the future.</p><p>Some teenagers find it easier to have a checklist of tasks or goals to help prepare for their health-care transition. Have a look at this <a href="http://www.sickkids.ca/PDFs/good2go/41196-Patient%20readiness%20checklist.pdf">transition checklist</a>. It can help you keep on track. </p><h2>Transition programs</h2><p>Some hospitals have special staff, clinics or programs that help teenagers develop the skills they need to prepare for a health-care transition. Your paediatric team may be able to arrange for you to meet your new adult provider, or have a tour of the clinic, before your first appointment. You may also be able to arrange for a tour of your new clinic or hospital yourself. </p><h2>What is it like in an adult centre?</h2><ul><li>Adult centres usually do not have the same bright colours on the walls, or games and things to do in the waiting rooms. </li><li>Most of the other patients in adult care will be much older than you.</li><li>If you need to stay in the hospital, you probably won’t have your own room, unless your health insurance can pay for that. </li><li>If you are staying overnight, there is typically a fee to watch television at most adult hospitals; and they do not rent video games. Prepare ahead, and make sure you bring along things to entertain yourself, especially if you know in advance that you are going to be admitted. </li></ul><h2>Making and keeping appointments</h2><p>In adult care, the responsibility to make and keep appointments lies with you, the patient. If you need to miss an appointment, it is your responsibility to call the clinic and reschedule. This is different from many paediatric clinics, where they will call you or your family if you miss an appointment. Your follow-up appointments are very important, so it is a priority to attend them. </p> ​https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/What_is_an_adult_care_centre_like.jpg