- Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Disease Stages
- How Kidneys Work
- What to Expect
- Managing Kidney Disease
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Managing Kidney DiseaseManaging Kidney Disease
Meet Your Care Team
Your care team is the dedicated group of healthcare providers, specialists, counselors and family and friends who are there for you throughout your kidney disease journey. Living—and thriving—with chronic kidney disease (CKD) takes support, so reach out to your team whenever you need them.
Team members who will support you
You’ll have different people on your care team depending on your CKD stage and the treatment you choose. You can learn more about specific care teams here: in-center hemodialysis care team, at-home peritoneal dialysis care team and at-home hemodialysis care team. If you choose another option like transplant or supportive care, your care team will be made up of members who can best support you.
Nephrologist (kidney doctor)
Your nephrologist is a kidney expert with advanced training in kidney care. He or she is responsible for monitoring your kidney health, stages of CKD and dialysis treatment or transplant care.
Primary care physician
Your primary care physician (PCP) oversees your overall health, including any conditions you may have, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. If you have any health concerns outside of your CKD, this is the person to go to.
A licensed registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) is responsible for assessing progress, overseeing day-to-day dialysis sessions and monitoring medication.
Home dialysis training nurse
If you choose home dialysis, a licensed registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) is responsible for training people on at-home dialysis equipment, overseeing at-home dialysis treatments and monitoring medication.
A social worker is an invaluable partner who can educate you on CKD, help set treatment goals, offer tips and tools for adjusting to life on dialysis and help both you and your family thrive after a kidney disease diagnosis.
This kidney diet expert will work with you to create a personalized meal plan that incorporates kidney-friendly foods and your favorite flavors. Your plan will be refined as necessary to meet your unique nutritional needs at each CKD stage.
Patient care technician
If you choose to do dialysis at a center, a patient care technician will help you with the day-to-day dialysis processes, including setting up your dialysis machine, putting in dialysis needles and overseeing treatment sessions all the way through completion.
Your support network is the group of people who will support you throughout your CKD treatment journey. Your personal support network may include family, friends, neighbors and coworkers you feel close with—anyone who cares about you and wants to see you thrive. Reach out to this group when you need them and keep them updated on how you’re doing.
Reach out to your care team
Good communication is essential to your physical and emotional health and well-being, so talk to the experts! Questions? Ask your doctor or nurse. If you’re on dialysis, be sure to tap your social worker or counselor when you need support.START A CONVERSATION USING THIS LIST OF QUESTIONS
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BUILDING YOUR SUPPORT NETWORK
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