Preparing Your Home for At-Home Dialysis

May 8, 2018

Preparing for at home dialysis

Your First Step Towards Home Dialysis

When it comes time to make the switch to home dialysis, you’ll want to be fully prepared. By switching treatment to the comfort of your home, you will enjoy scheduled flexibility as well as more comfort and privacy, but that doesn’t mean it won’t come with questions. Any change can be overwhelming, especially when it involves your health. As you transition to home dialysis, here’s how to be prepared.

Involve Your Support System

Before making the jump into home care, you’ll want to consider the support system that surrounds you. You’ll want to prepare your family, friends and any caregivers you may have. Your routine and daily lifestyle are about to change, so to have a successful transition, you’ll want to keep them informed.

Prepare For The Transition

Now that everyone around you is prepared, you’ll want to figure out where the best location in your home is. You’ll want to think about comfort and accessibility. Water access should be nearby and your monthly supplies should be readily storable. Write down any questions that might come to mind so you can remember to ask them at your next appointment.

What to do Once Home

Now that you’ve made the change and home dialysis has begun, you’ll want to set some time aside to get your supplies organized. Putting away that first shipment might take a little more time, but don’t worry, soon it will be a snap.

Don’t ignore your body, if you have any questions, never feel like you can’t reach out to your dialysis team; they are there to help. Talk about what you're going through, connect with others going through dialysis. You can share tips, talk about the process and share your experience making the whole process a bit easier.

Your Next Steps

Now that home dialysis has become a little more routine, it’s time to begin planning future goals. The beauty of choosing home treatments is that you have the flexibility to spend more time doing what you love. Plan a getaway, learn a new skill, or work towards career goals. Having something to look forward to will help keep your spirits high.

Whether you are transitioning to home dialysis, or have questions about your current dialysis treatments, the dedicated team at Satellite Healthcare is here to help you every step of the way!

Categories: Kidneys