Caring For Someone
On Dialysis — And
Caring For Yourself
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Your Role in In-Center Hemodialysis Treatment
Knowledge is key
In the beginning, the person you care for will need to make a lot of choices, and you may be asked to help make those choices for or with them. Start by taking advantage of the wealth of information on this site. Check out the section on Treatment Options and take a look at our Treatment Decision Guide. It’s also a great idea to go to a Treatment Options Program (TOPs) class with your loved one so you both know what to expect.
You may be overwhelmed at first
Get it in writing
Stick to the schedule
Keep important information with you
Know their limits
Staying active is important
While you're waiting
Keep track of their symptoms
Flu-like symptoms, such as feeling tired or weak and having chills, are common for people on dialysis. You may notice they sleep more or are more forgetful. These symptoms are most often due to anemia—a shortage of red blood cells—and can be treated. Be sure to keep the nephrologist and treatment team informed about how the person you care for is doing.
You might have to take the wheel
Take time for yourself
Being a care partner is hard work, emotionally and physically. Make sure you take time to do some of the things you enjoy on your own, such as visiting friends, going to the movies or just going for a walk. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress can do a surprising amount of good for your energy and mood.
HELP THEM BE ON TIME EVERY TIME.
Be sure to help them get to the treatment center on time for each dialysis session.