By Cassandra Miller, BSN, RN and Carrie Lundy (from LifeLines At Home newsletter)
Are vacation destinations calling your name? You can get there from here—whether it’s across the state, across the country or even farther away!
Because you perform your own treatments at home, you can perform them on the road, too. But what if you want to venture beyond the borders of the United States?
It can be a bit tricky to travel overseas and keep your home dialysis routine. In fact, DaVita® does not support international travel for home hemodialysis (HHD) patients at this time due to vendor restrictions. But a cruise that sails from an American port could be the perfect solution for your desire to visit exotic places and maintain your home treatments. Here are a couple of tips for happy cruising:
As a general rule, east coast ports can sail to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and Transatlantic destinations; west coast ports can take you to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico and South America. A Hawaii-departing cruise can go to Tahiti or Australia!
They will work together to arrange shipment of your supplies to your departing port.
If you have further questions about how a cruise works when you’re on a dialysis, call DaVita Guest Services at 1-800-244-0680.
This site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a physician.
Please check with a physician if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. If you are experiencing urgent medical conditions, call 9-1-1