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If you are thinking of becoming a home hemodialysis (HHD) care partner, learn more about what it takes to be a helpful and effective care partner by answering these true or false questions.
Question #1: TRUE or FALSE
An HHD care partner should have a flexible schedule and good time management skills.
Treating at home can be time consuming for the patient and the care partner. It is helpful for both parties to adjust their schedules to be flexible with treatment times.
Question #2: TRUE or FALSE
An HHD care partner must be related to the patient.
A care partner does not need to be related to the patient, but they should have a positive relationship with each other. A neighbor, close friend or a professional caregiver are all common.
Question #3: TRUE or FALSE
Care partners go through the same training as home dialysis patients.
During training, HHD patients and care partners learn how to perform hemodialysis treatments, maintain a sanitary environment, keep accurate treatment records, troubleshoot dialysis problems and more.
Question #4: TRUE or FALSE
With the help of a care partner, patients dialyzing at home may experience a greater quality of life than in a center.
Home dialysis can offer more control over your time and a flexible schedule, which may be associated with benefits1 such as
Question #5: TRUE or FALSE
A care partner will be responsible for tackling treatment complications.
Care partners will be trained to solve patient complications such as low blood pressure, muscle cramps or a dialyzer blood leak.
DaVita trains thousands of patients and care partners to succeed with HHD each year, and you could be one of them.
Learn more at DaVita.com/HHD.
Not all patients are eligible for each modality. This quiz is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
1. Benefits may vary based on frequency of prescribed dialysis treatments, as determined by your physician. 2. Weinhandl E et al. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012 May; 23(5): 895-904.3. Finkelstein FO et al. Kidney Int. 2012;82(5):561-9.4. Jaber BL et al. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011;6(5):1049-1056.5. Jaber B et al. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010;56:531-539. 6. Galland R et al. Kidney International. 2001;60:1555-1560. 7. Helantera I et al. Am J Kidney Dis.2012;59(5):700-706. 8. Jaber B et al. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010;56:531-539. 9.Fiinkelstein F et al. Poster presentation - Annual Dialysis Conference, 2011. 10.Kraus MA et al. Abstract presented at the American Society of Nephrology Conference, 2011. 11. Jaber BL et al. Poster Presentation-American Society of Nephrology Renal Week, 2009. 12. FHN Trial Group. N Engl J Med. 2010;63(24):2287-2300.
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