Great Goals for Home Dialysis Patients in the New Year
As a home dialysis patient, you know the power of living life on your terms. Performing your own treatments can feel empowering – just like tackling these kidney health goals.
Make movement a priority
No matter what your current physical ability or stage of kidney disease, exercise can help you feel stronger and improve your overall wellbeing. Even just 20 minutes a day can have a positive impact on your health. Do some gentle stretches, go for a walk, or try low impact exercise like swimming. Remember to start slowly and discuss your movement routine with your care team.
Learn more about your condition
Learning more about your kidney condition can help you become an advocate for your care and empower you to ask more questions at your next appointment. There are many reliable online resources, like the National Kidney Foundation, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and our Cincinnati Home Dialysis blog that are great places to start.
Stick to your kidney diet
Your kidney diet is extremely important in limiting the buildup of toxins and fluids in your blood between treatments. Your comfort and the effectiveness of your home dialysis treatments depends on adhering to the diet plan your dietitian recommended. Usually, this means controlling your intake of salt, potassium, and phosphorus-rich foods.
Take time for your hobbies
One of the biggest benefits of home dialysis is the ability to build your treatment schedule around your life. Make it a priority in 2019 to get back to doing what you love, whether it’s reading, sewing, playing music, or making art. Creating time for your favorite activities is a great way to boost your mood and enjoy your life.