Benefits of
Home Dialysis

If you're going on dialysis, you may have the option of treating in the comfort of your own home rather than at a center. Many experts agree that home dialysis—either peritoneal or hemodialysis—is the best option for treating kidney failure whenever possible. That's because choosing at-home dialysis can mean greater scheduling flexibility, fewer food restrictions and better outcomes.

IS AT-HOME DIALYSIS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Some treatment options may fit better with certain lifestyle factors than others. Download our Treatment Decision Guide for a list of considerations to discuss with your doctor.
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Home Dialysis Choices

There are 2 at-home dialysis options to consider:

Home Peritoneal Dialysis

At-home peritoneal dialysis (PD)

Your blood is filtered naturally using the blood vessels in the lining of your abdomen—also called the peritoneum.


Key considerations:

  • There are no needles and your blood never leaves your body.
  • You can do PD on your own, without assistance.
  • You can do PD almost anywhere—at work, at home and while traveling.
  • PD also gives you all the benefits listed for at-home HD.
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Home Hemodialysis

At-home hemodialysis (HD)

You are connected to an artificial kidney (dialyzer) via a needle in your access site.
 


Key considerations:

  • You can choose how to time your treatments, so you have more flexibility for social activities, work, hobbies or school.
  • You save travel time and transportation costs.
  • You may have more freedom with your diet if you're prescribed more frequent treatments.
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Dialysis treatment should fit in with your life—not the other way around

Talk to your nephrologist about which dialysis option best fits your lifestyle and your priorities. You may want to discuss things like:

  • Daily schedule
  • Travel habits
  • Other health conditions
  • Work or school obligations
  • Care partner availability
  • Social life and activities
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WHEN EXPERTS WERE ASKED

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93% of nephrologists would choose at-home dialysis

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89%of nurses would choose at-home dialysis

Source: Nephrology News and Issues, September 2010.

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Benefits of Home Dialysis

Fewer food restrictions and less medication? Yes, please.

If your doctor prescribes longer or more frequent at-home dialysis sessions, you may have fewer food restrictions and need less medication than you would with in-center dialysis. People who choose at-home dialysis are often healthier overall—and they live longer.

Switching from in-center dialysis to home dialysis

You have the power to switch

Did you know that many people switch from one type of dialysis to another at some point? So even if you started out on in-center hemodialysis, you can likely switch to an at-home option. Ask your doctor if dialysis at home is right for you.

GET SUPPORT ANYTIME, DAY OR NIGHT

Both home dialysis options offer 24/7 on-call nursing coverage by phone. You'll also have regular check-ins and meetings with your care team at your local center.

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