Home dialysis is the future. Here’s why.

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  1. lauri Andress

    This reads like dialysis is the norm. We should be preventing dialysis or kidney disease and not normalizing dialysis.

    • Jessica Pelletier

      For someone with chronic renal failure since I was a little kid.. dialysis is the norm for me.. it’s the norm so I can live my life the way I want too…dialysis isn’t an barrier to me it’s the answer to me living my life!

      • Monika Martins

        Hi Jessica, I have been on dialysis for 12 years. It bothers me when people that have no clue about the huge range of reasons why people need dialysis, weigh in and assume we could have prevented our disease and need for dialysis. It’s a life saver for so many of us and I’m grateful for dialysis everyday!

    • Ron Taggart

      ESRF This isn’t something we actually ask for. This is a condition that occurs, like cancer or heart failure, so to suggest that we are promoting kidney failure so we can do home dialysis is absurd. This is the best solution for a tragic condition.

    • Maureen Ward

      Obviously no one wants kidney disease, some are born with one kidney or lose one to cancer, have diabetis which affects the kidney or other kidney problems. This article is giving people who need dialysis hope to live.

  2. Darlene D Holt

    You lost me when you said “Ask the public their opinion”. Most people don’t have a clue about what dialysis entails. That includes many healthcare workers, including myself. So if you ask the public and say it would cost them less, they will all jump on the bandwagon. I have been on dialysis for 3&1/2 yrs. My BP bottoms out at every dialysis. I have had 2 strokes during dialysis. I have broken 4 bones at home due to dizziness and varying blood pressure. Yet when you look at me you would never know. Which is one reason my family doesn’t even understand. A lot of patients do not have a caregiver at home. So even though home dialysis sounds good, great caution should be given before a blanket indorsment is given.

  3. Greta

    I had my catheters installed 2 yrs before I actually went on P D I stayed off with a very strict Kidney diet I went on when. My creatinine was at 6 instead of 15 I was on dialysis for1 1/2yrs and last Friday got a Kidney Yeansplant But through it al I found P D to be excellent I have no regrets from home dialysis it is the way to go I am now extremely happy with my wonderful gift of life have faith all will work out xoxo

  4. E Hippern

    My daughter was on peritoneal dialysis for six months before her transplant. It allowed her a more normal existence. Wondering why this form of dialysis was not mentioned as well. We encountered people who couldn’t tolerate the machine and then there is the issue of space, spouses, and travel (much easier on peritoneal).

    • livi timko

      I am also a little surprised because my wife is now on hemo d. in a hospital and is supposed to go home. They recommend only PD.
      Is PD better than hemo. D. for her? Thank You.

      • Vanessa Milne

        I’m not sure what’s best for her exactly – that’s a conversation to have with your doctor. But most people who do home dialysis are on PD.

  5. Heather MacPhail

    Sure compared to In-centre, PD is the better choice.
    How about prevention? So many who comes via DM2 need not be on dialysis if only their diabetes was managed better.
    Many of them don’t even have an FMD. The numbers are so great they easily fall of the radar from the Diabetes clinics etc. etc….

  6. Sarah Ali-Khan

    My father was on dialysis for the last 5 years of his life. The restriction on his time, his diet and simply the monotony of having to be in the dialysis centre 3x times a week was hard on him, and of course the blood pressure issues, dizziness and physical symptoms too, as one of the commentators mentioned below. But dialysis allowed him to live, and he and all of our family was grateful for this. Public health measures to educate and decrease the numbers of people who need dialysis are crucial, but once someone needs it, dialysis is non-negotiable! Home-based dialysis would be a fantastic option for anyone who is able to manage it and has the support needed to do it safely. Education and culture change to make this a reality across Canada would have huge social and economic benefits and should be a priority.

  7. Annette Harris

    Is there a healthcare company that provides homecare for patients with home dialysis? If so, whats the cost for this type provider?

  8. Ana

    My husband have been in HD at home for 3 years, we received an excellent training from the home dialysis department at the clinic, but haven said that i am telling you, not everyone can do this, it is a big responsibility and as a patient you need to be the proper fit(ex: bp needed to be stable,graft/or fistula in good condition, have at home support,etc)
    I think at home nocturnal dialysis is the best and longer benefits for the patient but definitely it is not for everyone.
    When at home you are on your own, i know that you have 24/7 nurses and technical support but belief me, when it is 3:00am it takes time to contact some one, and time is crucial when you are dealing with an alarm.

  9. Winston Brown

    As a person that probably will require dialysis in the future as my Dad did in his later years I would be extremely interested in going the home route.

  10. Marilyn Bissett

    My husband wanted to do home dialysis and we went for training but with no success as the two litres of fluid went on only one litre came off leaving the other litre sitting in his stomach ..he had to sit up and move back and forth to get all the fluid off ..going to hospital 3 nights a week his legs and feet swell and he is in so much pain .. we are going to check to see if he might try again and be successful

  11. Oscar Eitelstein

    Home dialysis adds a huge burden to the patient, analogous to preparing a meal at home rather than having the staff at a restaurant do that work for you, since you and your partner have to be your own dialysis staff. There is also a lot of work to do in ordering supplies, storing, and keeping records of them, so you have to become your own quartermaster, in addition to losing an entire room of your house to contain all the supplies. There is also the stress of having to do the procedure yourself, plus the risk of various accidents that can occur at home without the benefit of the emergency skills of a dialysis nurse or nephrologist on the scene. Home dialysis also brings the greatest tragedy of your life, your renal failure, directly into your ultimate refuge, your home, rather than confining it to a hospital or clinic which is removed from the scene of your everyday life. The horror of dialysis simply won’t go away by minor tinkering such as having home dialysis versus clinic-based dialysis, and what is really needed is a miniaturized, implantable, artificial kidney, or a more efficient renal transplant system, such as presumed consent. Thinking that home dialysis is a good solution just shows the gulf of understanding that exists between those who suffer from dialysis and those who profit from it, whether as nephrologists, managers, or researchers.

  12. J Neil Jednoralski

    I want to switch to home dialysis (PD), but the Fresenius clinic doctor will not let me!!

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