I’ve always managed my son’s diabetes but he’s about to move out. How can I make the transition to self-management easy on him?
Elissa says: It’s not as hard as you might think; if he’s old enough to move out, he’s old enough to manage his own diabetes! Help him out by:
Stocking up on supplies When my sons moved out on their own, I made sure they had everything they needed first. So check he has enough supplies to tide him over, as well as the correct equipment and back-ups. If he’s organised, he’s more likely to manage his diabetes correctly.
Checking in For the first week, call him each day for a chat and casually ask how his levels have been. After that, just check in once a week. This worked with my boys.
Trusting him – and yourself Keep in mind if your son is working, or at uni/TAFE, he’s already on his own most of the time. So trust you’ve established a solid routine he can do on his own. He’s got this! ■ Elissa Renouf, owner of Diabete-ezy and mum of four kids with type 1. Her range of convenient diabetes products is available at diabete-ezy.com
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