A lot of new challenges come with young adulthood –– transitioning to adult diabetes care doesn’t have to be one of them. The Wendy Novak Diabetes Center offers the Transition to Adult Diabetes (TAD) Program to help teens with diabetes and their families receive the care and support for a successful, seamless transition to a health care provider who treats adults with diabetes.
The TAD program is for diabetes patients and their families to help them feel confident and prepared to successfully manage diabetes in the adult years. Developed with guidance from diabetes patients who have transitioned to adult diabetes care, the program offers education and tools to successfully and confidently transition to an adult endocrinologist.
Patients of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center are eligible to join the TAD program beginning at age 16 and can join up until age 26. Starting at age 16, the patient’s pediatric endocrinologist will talk to the family to determine the right time to begin the program.
What to Expect From the TAD Program
Once part of the program, patients work with a diabetes educator to complete a series of educational modules during regularly scheduled endocrinology appointments. The program curriculum consists of topics designed to help prepare patients with all the skills needed to flourish and succeed in managing diabetes through adulthood.
TAD program modules include the following topics:
- College life
- Alcohol and substance use
- Diabetes management in the adult world
- Screening tests
- Parents’ module: This helps parents and caregivers begin the process of “letting go” of managing their child’s diabetes care. It helps families begin to make a safe transition of care together.
After the patient completes all modules and is at least age 18, they are eligible to transition to an adult endocrinologist but are not required to immediately make that transition. Each young adult is encouraged to transition to adult diabetes care when the time is right for them.