After initially becoming popular in the 1960s with the creation of dialyzers for home use, at-home hemodialysis is experiencing a newfound resurgence. Today’s technology and advances allow for easier-to-use equipment, home delivery of supplies and blood work monitoring that's done remotely by phone. 



At-home dialysis is one of the best ways for you to do dialysis. Find out if starting or switching to at-home dialysis is right for you. 
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Getting Prepared for At-Home Hemodialysis

Before starting at-home hemodialysis (HD), you and your care partner will have trained for 4 to 8 weeks with a home-training nurse on how to use the equipment. Most people will do at-home HD with a care partner, but some programs allow people to do it on their own if they are able to.

Setting up your home for hemodialysis

To do HD at home, you’ll need:
cleaning home dialysis room
A clean room or other area set apart 
for your treatment
A space for your dialysis supplies and dialysis machine
A space for your dialysis supplies 
and dialysis machine
Additional dialysis storage space for about  6 weeks’ worth of supplies
Additional storage space for about 
6 weeks’ worth of supplies
help during dialysis treatment
A care partner who will either help or 
be with you during treatments
Your home-training nurse will help you decide where to set up your treatment area and space for storing supplies. Before you start your training program, he or she will visit you at home to help you figure out the best place for your treatments. You’ll need:

comfortable hemodialysis chair
A comfortable chair or bed to use during your treatment 
(a chair will be provided as part of your equipment)
good lighting for dialysis
Good lighting
keep a telephone nearby during dialysis treatment
A telephone nearby so you can make a call 
during treatment if you need to
drain dialysis treatment fluids
A bathroom drain or other plumbing 
to drain treatment fluids
electrical outlet for dialysis
The right kind of electrical outlet, which will be set up for you by your tech team, which is part of your extended treatment team
water source for dialysis
A water source
Space for dialysis equipment and dialysis machine
Space for your equipment and machine


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