January 16, 2008
Home dialysis: You won’t be all alone.
When you do home dialysis, you’re not alone. You have an entire medical team focused on your care. These health care professionals will educate you about the different at-home treatments so that with your doctor you can determine which form of home dialysis is right for you. They will also be there to train you, make changes to your dialysis treatment when necessary, monitor your health to help you achieve your best possible results and support you every step of the way.
Your home dialysis health care team is made up of your nephrologist, your peritoneal dialysis (PD) or home hemodialysis (HHD) nurse, your home-training nurse, your renal dietitian, your renal social worker, your care partner and your support system.
Each of these professionals specialize in a different area of your care so that you have a comprehensive team for anything you might need. If you need help understanding your health insurance, your renal social worker will be there to answer all your questions and explain things to you. If you need assistance getting your lab values where they need to be, your renal dietitian can work with you to create a diet that keeps you healthy.
You will likely come to know your health care team personally and see them as friends who genuinely care about you.
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