January 28, 2008
Out of center, out of mind?
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.