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 home dialysis can mean greater scheduling flexibility, fewer food restrictions, and better outcomes. Home dialysis treatment can also be done longer and more frequently, so it’s gentler on your body. Set up a call to learn more.

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Home dialysis is one of the best dialysis treatments for ESRD. Find out if it’s the right treatment option for you.

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Home dialysis choices

There are 2 home dialysis options to consider. Both options can be done with or without the support of a trained care partner. 

Home peritoneal dialysis (PD)

Your blood is filtered naturally using many tiny 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.
  • PD may help preserve residual kidney function.
  • You can do PD almost anywhere—at work, at home, and while traveling.
  • Home PD also gives you all the benefits listed for home HD.
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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.
  • A nurse is available 24/7 by phone if you need assistance.
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Dialysis treatment should fit in with your life—not the other way around

Talk to your nephrologist about which treatment 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

93%
of nephrologists would choose home dialysis
89%
of nurses would choose home dialysis
Source: Nephrology News and Issues, September 2010.

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Fewer food restrictions and less medication? Yes, please.

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

You have the power to switch

Did you know that many people switch from 1 type of dialysis to another at some point? So even if you started out on in-center hemodialysis, you can likely switch to a home option. Ask your doctor if dialysis at home is right for you.
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GET SUPPORT ANYTIME, DAY OR NIGHT

Both home dialysis options offer 24/7 on-call nursing coverage by phone. Plus, regular check-ins with your care team.

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