Choosing to take the procedure of dialysis home takes a certain level of courage and tenacity that even long-term dialysis patients may lack. Doing so can present challenges that every member of the family must deal with though they can be intense and even downright frightening to some. Understanding what is required of each member, including the patient themselves, can help families through the transition, allowing it to be successful in the long run. Take an honest look at these aspects before deciding if you and your family are truly ready for home dialysis:

  • A cohesive team atmosphere – It is of extreme importance that, because dialysis can be taxing to all parties, everyone involved is on the same page regarding patient care. Make sure to lay some ground rules before your home unit is set up to avoid any disruptions or confusion.
  • The ability to be consistent – Make sure to always read the instructions aloud in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. This is a must-do as being consistent during dialysis is the first step in ensuring successful care. Make sure to reduce any frustration by calmly discussing any questions and trying to avoid engaging in any arguments.
  • The physical ability to perform – At-home dialysis requires the caretaker to perform a number of duties that require both physical strength and manual dexterity. Those partners with arthritic or unskilled hands are probably not the best choice for attaching needles, securing hoses or connecting tubing. Smaller or weaker caretakers probably won’t be able to hoist and hold the 10 lb bags needed for IV treatments. Make sure that you have each aspect covered by someone who can adequately perform the task without fail.
  • The ability to stay calm under pressure – There will be times when machines alarm and immediate action on the part of the patient or the caretaker is expected. It is imperative to stay calm during these times in order to not let a manageable situation dissolve into chaos. Understanding the levels of alarms, what they mean and the processes required to remedy the situation is key to moving past the issue successfully.

With training, support, and if all parties are ready to take on in-home dialysis, the transition and process can be successful. At Hemowear, our job is to supply the patient with all the dialysis clothing and pd belts that are needed, making the patient as comfortable as possible.