Moving to adult services
This section talks about the move to adult healthcare arrangements.
What is transition?At its simplest, it’s the move from children’s healthcare arrangements to those for adults. It’s part of the process of growing up for a young person with an acquired brain injury. And just as they move towards greater independence through education, work and their personal lives, part of this transition is about them taking responsibility for their own health.1
When does it happen?In theory, young people should move from paediatric to adult wards at 16. And in other circumstances, the move to adult services should take place at 18. But in practice, it is up to the discretion of the consultants in charge and the nursing team.2 It can be a time of great stress for parents, who may worry their child is ‘falling through the cracks’. Healthcare professionals will look at each individual set of circumstances and make a decision. The Department of Health’s guidelines suggest there should be a gradual shift between child and adult care.3 But this isn’t always the case and it can sometimes feel very sudden to both the young person and their families.
I have to say, moving over to adult rehabilitation was a very dramatic change. Everyone was really nice in the new place, but I think it took some time for us to adjust."Grandparent's experience