Dialysis Treatment: Embracing a New Normal

Everyone feels a swirl of conflicting emotions when beginning dialysis. But you may be surprised to find out how many choices you have—ones that can fit into the life you want to live.

In-center hemodialysis 

Surrounded by a caring team during treatment, all centers offer daytime dialysis. But many offer treatment at night, too—a good choice for those who work.
More about in-center HD

At-home peritoneal dialysis 

If you want to travel or work, this option offers the most flexibility—and, of course, there’s no place like home. It can usually be done without care-partner support.
More about at-home PD

At-home hemodialysis 

While at-home hemodialysis requires a care partner to be with you, it allows you to dialyze more frequently and on your schedule—either day or night.
More about at-home HD

Other options

Non-dialysis choices include getting a transplant or deciding to do supportive care only.

non-dialysis choices

Making a plan

From cost-planning to medications to weather-related emergencies, planning ahead will help you.

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What to think about when choosing a dialysis treatment

Most people can choose from any of the dialysis treatments offered. So what will fit your life best? Here are a few things to consider:

Treatment Frequency/Length

How often—and how long—are treatments?


How flexible does your treatment schedule need to be?

Diet/Fluid Intake

What diet and fluid restrictions may be needed?


What treatment choices are best if you want to travel for work or pleasure?


Where will the access site be placed to perform dialysis, and what will it look like? 


What medicines are required?

Impact on Life and Others

How will the treatment process affect your job, activities, family, and care partners?