• Home Hemodialysis

    Get more time back in your day. Talk with a DaVita representative or your doctor to learn more about home hemodialysis.

  • Home Hemodialysis

    Get more time back in your day. Talk with a DaVita representative or your doctor to learn more about home hemodialysis.

About Home Hemodialysis

Home hemodialysis (HHD) is a lot like in-center hemodialysis, but you perform your treatments at home with the help of a care partner, or solo per doctor’s order. The HHD machine is a smaller, user-friendly machine that cleans toxins from your blood. There are many potential benefits to dialyzing with HHD, such as not having to leave your home for treatment, greater ability to travel and shorter recovery time between treatments.

Your Life on HHD

You create your schedule

One of the biggest potential benefits of dialyzing at home is having a more flexible schedule. Depending on the HHD schedule you and your doctor decide on, you may choose a treatment schedule that lets you participate in more of your favorite activities such as spending time with family, working or doing hobbies. While it may take some time to adjust to a new treatment and lifestyle, the good news is that many HHD patients see an improved quality of life.

The potential benefits of more frequent dialysis

Hemodialysis is defined as 3-times-per-week therapy, but a nephrologist may prescribe more frequent treatments for patients with specific clinical needs.

You may experience the following benefits from more frequent dialysis:

Clinical benefits

  • Shorter recovery times between treatments1
  • Less stress on your heart2
  • Increased chance of transplant4
  • Better blood pressure control6

Lifestyle benefits

  • Fewer dietary restrictions
  • Improved sleep3
  • More energy5
  • Greater ability to travel

The prescribing physician will determine the required treatment frequency based on medical necessity. Although home hemodialysis is often prescribed with a more frequent schedule, the physician must evaluate the individual clinical needs of each patient and consider both the potential benefits and risks. While there could be potential quality of life and physiological benefits to more frequent dialysis, there is also risk of a possible increase in vascular access procedures and the potential for hypotension during dialysis. More frequent use of vascular access may result in infections and other access-related complications. Other potential risks associated to more frequent dialysis include solute imbalance and patient/care partner burden.

"Even if you want to go on a vacation, the machine picks right up. All I need to do is take my disposable bags and I'm off to the wild blue yonder."

—Christine, DaVita HHD patient

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DISCLAIMER: *Service provider and modality selection are choices made exclusively between the patient and nephrologist

1 Jaber BL et al. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010;56:531-539.

2 Weinhandl, E et al. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012 May;23(5):895-904.

3 Jaber BL et al. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011;6(5):1049-1056.

4 Weinhandl E, Liu J, Gilbertson D, Arneson T, Collins A. Transplant incidence in frequent hemodialysis and matched thrice-weekly hemodialysis patients. Poster presented at National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meeting, 2012.

5 Finkelstein FO et al. Kidney Int. 2012;82(5):561-9.

6 Kotanko P, et al. Hemodial Int. 2015 Jul;19(3):386-401. doi: 10.1111/hdi.12255