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The Fluid Factor and Home Dialysis

One of the most difficult challenges for people on home dialysis is maintaining their fluid balance. DaVita® nurses Kore Nielsen and Beverly Garcellano give their recommendations for how patients can reach their dry weight goal each day.

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Is Your Home Dialysis Adequate?

Generally, patients who are dialyzed adequately can live longer and have a better quality of life. So if you’re on home dialysis, how will you know when you’re receiving adequate dialysis? Melissa R. Harnell, DaVita® nurse, explains how to measure adequacy for peritoneal dialysis (PD) and home hemodialysis (HHD) patients.

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3 Easy Steps to Switch to Home Dialysis

All it takes is three easy steps to switch to home dialysis with DaVita. Whether you choose peritoneal dialysis (PD) or home hemodialysis (HHD), the transition to home is accompanied by a dedicated DaVita care team.

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Hospitalization Tips for People on Home Dialysis

If you are a home dialysis patient who needs to be hospitalized, it’s good to have an idea of what to expect and what to request while you’re there. Here are some tips and recommendations for hospital stays when you’re a peritoneal dialysis (PD) or home hemodialysis (HHD) patient.

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Access Care 101: Tips for People on Home Dialysis

Your dialysis access — whether it’s a peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter, arterial venous (AV) fistula or AV graft — is your lifeline. Taking care of it properly is critical to your good health. Following these steps for keeping your “lifeline” infection-free and working for a long time is how you can give your access the best care possible.

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What kind of dialysis is best? Do I keep my relationship with my nephrologist? Am I the right person for home dialysis? These may be some of the questions you find yourself asking when you look into home dialysis treatment options. See more of the FAQs concerning home dialysis.

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The basics of home dialysis

There are two types of home dialysis: peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. Each type of home dialysis involves different treatment options, equipment and training. Learn about home dialysis training.

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Supporting your home dialysis care partner

Most home dialysis patients have care partners who fill many different roles. Whether your care partner is your husband, wife, close friend or a professional care taker, it’s important to support and encourage him or her. Learn how you can support your care partner.

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Safety and training for home dialysis

As with all forms of dialysis or medical treatments, safety should always remain the top priority for anyone on home dialysis. Once you and your doctor have determined that home dialysis is right for your care, you will work with a home dialysis provider to participate in a comprehensive and individualized training program that will provide the education, tools and support needed to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the many benefits home dialysis can offer.

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Preparing for the unexpected with home dialysis

It’s important for home dialysis patients to be prepared for the unexpected. Learn how to prepare for unexpected situations to ensure that your dialysis treatments go as smoothly as possible at all times.

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Patient requirements for home dialysis

Dialysis patients must meet requirements to be able to perform home dialysis. The requirements include general requirements regarding their abilities, as well as others that are specific to the type of home dialysis the patient chooses. You may be surprised to learn that if you can drive a car, you meet the requirements to do dialysis at home. Find out the patient requirements for home dialysis.

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Home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis: A look at the two main types of home dialysis

There are two main types of home dialysis: home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Learn what makes each type different and how you can choose one that's right for you.

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Home dialysis terms defined

Because home dialysis has many of its own unique terms, you may come across terms that are unfamiliar. It's important to understand the meanings of these words so you can better understand home dialysis. Here you'll find basic home dialysis terms defined.

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Getting started on home dialysis

Since home dialysis was first developed in the 1960s, hundreds of thousands of people have used this safe and effective treatment as an alternative to regular dialysis center visits. With home dialysis, you can receive the care you need while maintaining the freedom you value. Learn the first steps for getting started on home dialysis.

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Can anyone do dialysis at home?

If you are a highly motivated dialysis patient who wants to maintain an active lifestyle, home dialysis might be right for you. Learn more about home dialysis.

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