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Hemodialysis & Peritoneal Dialysis at Home

An elderly patient receiving care from a nurse in the comfort of home

Dialysis is a medical treatment that hundreds of thousands of patients undergo each day. With successful dialysis, the process is able to clean your blood and remove excess fluid from your blood. What if you could undergo dialysis from the comfort of your own home?

There’s nothing better than being able to get the treatment you need in a setting that you’re familiar with. Instead of spending hours at a dialysis center hooked up to a dialysis machine, why not consider home dialysis?

Compared to other countries throughout the world, home dialysis is used significantly less in the U.S. In fact, only about 8% of around 400,000 patients are on home dialysis. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look into the option!

Keep reading to learn more, including how our atHand® Overbed Table System can help.

Home Dialysis

Just because you’re on dialysis doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to an active lifestyle that is convenient for you. If you’re willing to take on greater responsibility for your care, then you may want to consider home dialysis. So, how do you know if you’re a good candidate for home hemodialysis?

Make Sure You Are Willing

First, make sure that you’re willing to learn how to do dialysis on your own. Most people have to undergo training sessions at a local dialysis clinic in order to learn the ins and outs of the process. With an intensive training program, you can learn everything you need to know about home dialysis. In fact, within just 3-5 weeks, you should be ready to conduct dialysis at home all by yourself.

Proper Vision & Dexterity are Important

Another important part of conducting kidney dialysis at home is ensuring you have the proper vision and manual dexterity in order to operate all of the required equipment. By conducting dialysis at home, you’ll also be in charge of ordering supplies and completing necessary paperwork on a daily basis.

For example, you’ll need to record information about each treatment so that your doctor and dialysis provider can monitor your numbers and make any necessary adjustments

Get Access to The Right Equipment

There are several adjustments you’ll need to make in order to conduct peritoneal dialysis at home. To start, you’ll need to select an area in your home that serves as the ideal location for performing treatments. This means you will need room for all of the proper equipment and supplies, including your dialysis machine, needles and tubing, alcohol wipes, gauze, dialysis solution, and dialyzers.

Depending on your home, there may be some plumbing or electrical modifications that need to be made in order to properly accommodate at-home treatment. Talk with your insurance company to see if these modifications are covered by your medical plan.

How Our atHand® Overbed Table System Can Help

The bottom of the atHand® Overbed Table System that shows its adjustable LED lights for both reading and nighttime activities.

Another tool that you’ll want to have available at your disposal is an overbed table. With an overbed table, you can enjoy and best use your time spent doing home dialysis. While you’re maintaining and improving your kidney function, an overbed table will ensure you have quick access to everything you need.

For example, if you want to browse the internet or do work while undergoing home dialysis, an overbed table will provide a sturdy surface in which you can rest your laptop or some other connected device.

While there are many overbed tables on the market, the atHand® Overbed Table System is definitely one to consider. Our overbed system improves your quality of life and makes dialysis a little less cumbersome. With our system, you’ll have access to all sorts of features including:

  • Touch LED lighting
  • USB charging ports
  • Electrical outlets
  • Storage cabinets
  • Height-adjusting tray

This means you can easily read a book while also having important medical supplies nearby. Having everything you need within reach means you can complete treatment without stress or worry.

Interested in learning more about the atHand® Overbed Table System? If so, contact us online or call our team today at (440) 628-9550.

Sources:

  1. https://www.kidney.org/news/newsroom/factsheets/KidneyDiseaseBasics
  2. https://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20141011/MAGAZINE/310119932/home-dialysis-grows-despite-cost-and-logistical-hurdles