Home Dialysis Pro Tips: Storing Supplies
Like anything change, making the switch from in-center dialysis to home dialysis can come with a bit of adjusting. For many, home dialysis can provide a better quality of life and lead to better success of treatment.
Though specialty-certified nurses coach on safety, procedures, and treatments, one thing that often takes adjustment is finding the space and area to store all the supplies. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to safely prepare for treatment without disrupting your home.
Create Individual Packs of Supplies
Plan to have a day each week to organize and sort your supplies. On this designated day, you can separate your supplies into daily packs and weekly ones. Your daily kits may include your gauze pads, alcohol wipes, catheter caps, and other small supplies. Your weekly ones should include reusable treatment items such as tape, and your Heparin vial and syringes. Store these in Ziploc bags so you can easily grab them and go on treatment day.
Reuse Home Storage
An old dresser or armoire can be the perfect storage space for supplies. This large space can secure your supplies while matching your decor. Another useful storage option is a variety of baskets. Not only can they easily store supplies, but they can be a great accent to a room.
Safely Stack Your Supplies
A monthly pack of supplies should take up about a typical closet-sized space. As long as it’s stable, many supplies can be safely stacked on top of each other to avoid wasting floor space. Utilize moveable storage bins or hidden storage such as under-bed space.
Satellite WellBound specialty-certified nurses can help you tailor your dialysis treatments to your individual needs. In addition, patients can speak to a real person any time, 24 hours a day, if they have questions or concerns.
For more information, contact WellBound@SatelliteHealth.com.