June 9, 2008
Feel like chatting about your PD cycler? Need advice on self-cannulation? Want to learn about the best self-help books on the market? Looking to share ideas and make friends with some like-minded people? Check out the DaVita Discussion Forums.
Connect with others who are going through the same things you are on the DaVita Discussion Forums! The DaVita Discussion Forums are a place where patients, care partners, family and friends can chat about anything and everything. Forum topics range from diet to care giver issues, exercise to travel. Don’t see any threads that interest you? Start your own! And join the discussion today!
May 9, 2008
Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you I’m horrible at making decisions. Whether I’m deciding on a new breakfast cereal or a new car, decisions have never come easy to me so I can only imagine how hard it would be to decide on something as monumental as a dialysis treatment!
If you’re having trouble deciding which dialysis treatment is right for you, DaVita has developed a tool that can help. The Treatment Evaluator is a tool designed to help you figure out which dialysis treatment best fits your lifestyle. The evaluator tool asks you 18 questions about your lifestyle and suggests some modalities that may be right for you.
Try out the Treatment Evaluator today!
April 24, 2008
The April issue of The Home Dialysis Newsletter went out on Tuesday packed full of useful information for people on home dialysis. This month’s issue features articles about your dialysis lab work and your dialysis choices, as well as useful news and updates about home dialysis. This month’s featured care team member is Nathan Fay, a fun-loving member of the DaVita White Oak at Home team, and this month’s patient story is about David Rosenbloom, a smart and savvy home hemodialysis patient.
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April 3, 2008
Has the springtime got you dreaming about a trip to Paris or Australia or Rome? If so, why not plan a vacation? Home dialysis patients don’t have to restrict their travel to the United States. Traveling abroad is also possible.
People on peritoneal dialysis (PD) can get their supplies delivered abroad to the place where they are visiting. This way, their supplies will be there when they get there. However they should also bring some supplies with them in case of delays during travel.
People on home hemodialysis (HHD) using the portable NxStage machine may have to take some extra time planning if traveling abroad, but it’s still completely possible. Since NxStage doesn’t support the portable NxStage system outside of the lower 48 U.S. states, people who choose to bring their NxStage machine out of the country will be on their own if additional supplies or a swap out of the machine are needed. This shouldn’t stop people on HHD from traveling abroad, though. HHD patients can simply arrange for in-center treatments at dialysis centers where they are traveling. People on HHD that are interested in doing this should talk to their home dialysis nurse who can help them set up the treatments abroad.
One thing that is important to consider when planning a trip abroad is that some insurance companies do not pay for dialysis outside of the U.S. If your insurance provider does not cover treatments abroad, you will need to pay for your hemodialysis treatments or PD supplies on your own. This means that short daily home hemodialysis patients traveling abroad can continue to do short daily treatments in center while on their vacation if they would like, since they will be paying out of pocket for them. The cost for dialysis treatments varies from country to country. Talk to your home dialysis or PD nurse for more information.
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March 27, 2008
DaVita.com has a new home dialysis education section specifically for articles about home dialysis. You can find the new section at www.davita.com/home-dialysis. The new education section features articles on home dialysis basics, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. Learn about everything from why peritoneal dialysis patients require more protein to how to best care for your vascular access. DaVita.com is now your one-stop-shop for everything home dialysis!
Visit DaVita’s home dialysis education section today.
March 18, 2008
Some of you may have noticed that DaVita’s home dialysis website got a make-over. That’s because DaVita’s home dialysis services are now being housed on the larger DaVita.com website. The new and improved DaVita.com/Home has everything you need to learn more about home dialysis.
Visit DaVita.com/Home for:
Home dialysis locations
Information on treatment options
Answers to frequently asked questions
Visit DaVita.com/Home today.
February 21, 2008
Those of you who are lucky enough to have an extra, unused room in your home can certainly take that room and turn it into your home dialysis haven, if you’d like. However, you don’t have to set aside an entire room in your home to do your home dialysis treatments.
If you choose to do peritoneal dialysis (PD), you can do your exchanges anywhere, as long as the equipment is sterile and the surrounding environment is clean. For example, you could do your exchanges sitting in a chair at your kitchen table or in a chair in front of the television. If you do PD at night using a cycler, you can simply place your cycler on your nightstand. If you choose to do home hemodialysis (HHD), you can do your treatments in your favorite recliner or in your bed.
If your home doesn’t have any extra, unused rooms, don’t worry. You can fit your home dialysis treatments into your current home with no problems.
Visit www.davita.com/home for more information about home dialysis.
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February 14, 2008
Temeka Holliam is a working mom who has been on home hemodialysis for four months. Since she made the switch to HHD, Temeka has seen her energy level increase greatly, giving her energy to spend time with her son and work full time. This is her story.
I have been on home hemodialysis for four months now, and my, how my life has changed. The biggest and most noticeable difference is that I have more (lots) of energy. It is amazing to hear my family, friends and co-workers tell me how much energy they have noticed that I have now. Speaking of co-workers, I am no longer leaving work at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to go to the center. Therefore, my work production has increased, and I am readily available for my staff.
During the first week or so of my starting home hemodialysis, I was able to dose down and finally be taken completely off my high blood pressure medications. I was very excited about that, and to this date, I am still not taking any blood pressure medications. My blood pressure has been at a good rate.
The most important advantage of home hemodialysis for me is that I am able to spend time with my son without being tired. I am able to attend his sports activities, attend PTSA meetings, conferences, etc. His high school years will not pass me by because I am too tired to participate.
I would recommend home hemodialysis for anyone who wants to have an active life. Home hemodialysis is private and personal. And it puts you in control of your health needs.
For more information about home hemodialysis, visit www.davita.com/home.
February 12, 2008
Many things in life may seem like too much trouble. It may seem like too much trouble to move closer to your family. It may seem like too much trouble to reconnect with old friends. It may seem like too much trouble to date. It may also seem like too much trouble to switch from in-center to home hemodialysis.
However, often it’s the things that seem like too much trouble that yield the greatest rewards when they are done. How will you ever meet the man or woman of your dreams if you don’t date? And how will you ever experience the freedom and health that you long for if you don’t give home hemodialysis a try?
Transitioning from in-center to home hemodialysis is not hard and can be done in four to eight weeks, depending on how fast you learn–a short period of time to devote in order to experience the many benefits of home dialysis.
If you and your doctor decide that home dialysis is right for you, you will choose a care partner who will go through the training with you and assist you with the home dialysis treatments. You and your care partner will go to a local dialysis center for training. When you have completed your training, your training nurse will go to your house to oversee your first home dialysis session.
You will also keep the same nephrologist, and you will have monthly in-center visits with your care team. With the new home dialysis equipment on the market, you will probably not need to make any plumbing or electrical modifications to your home. If you do, your health care team will help you arrange for this.
The point is, it’s not hard to switch from in-center to home hemodialysis, and it doesn’t take too long. Stop making excuses, and talk to your doctor about it.
Visit www.davita.com/home for more information on home hemodialysis.
January 28, 2008
Many people see home dialysis as something lonely. They picture themselves sitting in the middle of a barren desert with nothing around except their dialysis machine. While the mentality of “out of center, out of mind” may seem to make sense, the opposite is actually true. Most home dialysis patients have more face time with their doctors than in-center patients. Home dialysis patients have the same support team as in-center patients—doctors, dietitians, social workers and even a nurse on call 24/7. With this health care team behind you, you’ll have someone to answer your questions, provide you with dietary tips and advice, lend an ear when you need to talk and help with any Medicare concerns you may have.
If you’re afraid of losing your current doctor, don’t worry. Home dialysis patients don’t have to get new doctors. Instead, your at-home dialysis provider will work closely with your current doctor to ensure you are getting the care you need.
Your health care team will continue to play an integral role in your treatment during home dialysis by monitoring your lab values, training you on the aspects of home dialysis and checking on you to make sure things are going according to plan. You’ll also need to have monthly in-center check ups.
If you need more company than that, get a cat! Read more about your home dialysis health care team on DaVita.com.
Home dialysis: You won’t be all alone.