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For Dialysis, There’s No Place like Home

Home patients are feeling better and living longer.

DaVita® caregivers work hard to make our dialysis centers a friendly, inviting place to visit. Even so, when it comes to dialysis, there’s no place like home.

Did you know that more patients dialyze at home with DaVita than any other provider? DaVita is the largest independent provider of dialysis in the United States. Ever since home kidney dialysis was developed in the 1960s, people have been practicing home dialysis safely and effectively.

Imagine using your home dialysis machine while sitting in your favorite chair. Or knowing you don’t have to travel to and from the center in bad weather. Imagine being able to arrange your treatments around your life, not your life around your treatments.

And while comfort, convenience and flexibility are big benefits of home dialysis, there are many more. Dramatic health benefits can happen when home dialyzers take advantage of their home setting to do dialysis more frequently (home hemodialysis) or for longer periods (overnight peritoneal dialysis).

Possible lifestyle benefits of kidney dialysis at home

  • Flexible treatment times that fit your schedule
  • More flexible diet
  • More time to spend with family and friends
  • Travel and going to work can be easier
  • Increased independence can improve your quality of life
  • Avoids transportation issues to and from the center three times per week

Possible health benefits of more frequent dialysis with home hemodialysis (HHD) or peritoneal dialysis (PD)

  • Greater feeling of well-being
  • May preserve remaining kidney function
  • Better control of fluids
  • Fewer medications
  • Better regulation of blood pressure and toxin build-up
  • Less fatigue and nausea

Almost anyone can learn to do home dialysis. DaVita caregivers will train you and your care partner at your own pace. You’ll continue to keep close ties with your doctors and DaVita care team. They will oversee your ongoing care, just as your team oversees your care in the center now. Want to learn more about dialyzing at home or your treatment options? Ask your doctor which method(s) of home kidney dialysis might be right for you or call 1-800-244-0582 for more information.

More about home dialysis machines

There are multiple home dialysis machines on the market today. Depending on your individual needs, there are several models out there that can accommodate your lifestyle. Special features such as wireless wetness detectors and alarms allow for close monitoring. Other systems are designed to be portable, giving patients the freedom to be mobile and travel. Learn more on how home dialysis machines work.

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