Staying Engaged and
Active on Dialysis

Life on dialysis doesn't mean you have to give up the activities or work you love. In fact, there are plenty of advantages to continuing to work and staying active and productive in general. Staying engaged and busy with the things you like to do can be a great way to maintain some normalcy in your life—and thrive on dialysis.


There are big benefits to home dialysis—including greater flexibility and fewer restrictions, so you can keep the lifestyle you love. Find out if starting or switching to home dialysis treatment is right for you.
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6 benefits to being active

People who work, volunteer or stay involved in activities while on dialysis may experience.

  • Improved self-esteem
  • Increased physical activity
  • Heightened mental stimulation
  • More socialization
  • Continued income from employment
  • Greater personal satisfaction
Gardening on dialysis

Pursue your interests—and some fun

To reap the benefits of staying active, consider getting involved with hobbies or groups that mean something to you. If you belonged to a social or church group in the past, reach out and reconnect. Look into hobby groups like knitting, painting or supper clubs in your area. Start a book club. Volunteer for a cause that’s important to you. Check out your local senior or community centers for classes or activities.
Balance life and work.

Balancing life, work and dialysis

Whether you’re working, volunteering or simply living actively, you can find ways to balance the demands of life and dialysis. If you are working and want to continue working, ask your doctor or social worker for advice on ways to balance your work and treatment.

Working or having a busy schedule may also impact the type of treatment options you will need to consider. For example, if you work during the day, you may wish to dialyze at night, in the comfort of your own home or at one of our dialysis centers. Talk to your doctor about the right treatment for your health and your lifestyle.

“I love going to Lake Okeechobee. I still do the things I like to do.”

—Ron, on dialysis until transplant in 2018
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Your treatment schedule is personalized to your exact needs. Completing every prescribed treatment will help you feel your best.

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