At-Home Peritoneal Dialysis

A growing number of doctors and people with chronic kidney disease agree that at-home dialysis—whether it’s peritoneal or hemodialysis—is the best option whenever possible. Why choose at-home?

  1. At-home dialysis improves your quality of life. You can lead a more normal work and social life.
  2. At-home dialysis improves outcomes. With longer or more frequent treatments, people who choose at-home dialysis usually have fewer food restrictions and take fewer medicines. Not only are they healthier overall—they live longer.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOU 

Whether you’re getting ready for dialysis or want to switch to a different type of dialysis, our Treatment Decision Guide can help you decide what treatment options might be best for you.
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Getting Prepared for Peritoneal Dialysis

Before you begin at-home peritoneal dialysis (PD), your home-training nurse will visit with you in your home. He or she will check your home for safety and see where you plan to do your treatments.

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Setting up your home

To do PD at home, you’ll need:

  • A clean and well-lit room or other area you can close off. Pets should not be in your treatment area while you are connecting or disconnecting your catheter for treatment—during the time when the system is “open” and more prone to bacteria and germs pets may carry. 
  • Space for storing your supplies.
  • A grounded outlet if you are doing continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis (CCPD) using a cycler.

Getting creative with your space

Supplies do take up space. Your home-training nurse will talk with you about how to organize your supply storage area for your medicines, your dialysate solution and tubing sets, as well as your cycler, if you’re choosing to do CCPD.
Storage space for peritoneal dialysis

How much is enough storage place?

You´ll need space for a month's worth of supplies. 
Your home-training nurse will get you organized.

LIMITED ON LIVING SPACE? ORDER 2 WEEKS OF SUPPLIES.

Ideally, you should have 1 month’s worth of
supplies—especially in
case of weather
emergencies. If you have space issues, it may be possible to order a smaller amount of supplies at a
time.

Four tips to get ready for peritoneal dialysis (PD)

4 Tips for at home peritoneal dialysis

Planning for your PD Catheter

After surgical placement, your peritoneal dialysis catheter needs 2 weeks to heal—or possibly less, depending on the urgency to start treatment. If you know you are going to start PD down the line but you have some time before you go on dialysis, you may be able to get a buried catheter placed in advanced, so it's ready to go when you are.
Learn more about the PD catheter
 
 
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ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF
AT-HOME DIALYSIS

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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PROPER CATHETER CARE IS IMPORTANT

Taking good care of your catheter is key to avoiding infection and staying your healthiest. Your nurse will teach you how to keep your access site clean and how to check for infection.
See how to care for a PD catheter