- Conduct regular transition readiness assessments, beginning at age 14, to identify and discuss with youth and parent/caregiver their needs and goals in self-care.
- Jointly develop goals and prioritized actions with youth and parent/caregiver, and document regularly in a plan of care.
Assessing youth's readiness to transition to an adult approach to care is the third element in these health care transition quality recommendations. Use of a standardized transition/self-care assessment tool is helpful in engaging youth and families in setting health priorities, addressing self-care needs to prepare them for an adult approach to care at age 18, and navigating the adult health care system, including health insurance. Providers can use the results to jointly develop a plan of care with youth and families. Transition readiness/self-care assessment should begin at age 14 and continue through adolescence and young adulthood, as needed.