Which home dialysis treatment is right for me?
Choosing a dialysis treatment can be overwhelming. That’s why we at Cincinnati Home Dialysis are strong advocates for treatment types that allow our patients to enjoy the most quality of life and independence they can. There are a lot of things you’ll need to consider before selecting the kidney disease treatment type that’s right for you, and we’re here to help you through this process.
What should I ask my doctor?
Your nephrologist is your guide in determining what home dialysis treatment is best for you. Asking questions is a great way to get a more detailed picture of your health and the choices available to you. At your next appointment, you may want to ask questions like:
- Are there any home dialysis treatment options that are not medically suitable for me?
- What are the differences between each treatment type?
- Would you recommend a certain treatment type for me over another? Why?
- Am I a good candidate for home dialysis?
- What kind of training and materials are required?
- Are there dialysis centers near me in case I’m not comfortable dialyzing at home?
- What other resources are available?
Learn as much as you can.
To properly weigh the pros and cons of each home dialysis treatment type, learn as much as you can about the different options. There are many online resources available like the National Kidney Foundation, Home Dialysis Central, and our home dialysis blog. Your nephrologist’s office also has take-home print materials with additional information.
Can you change dialysis treatment types?
Yes! If you decide you are uncomfortable with a certain type of home dialysis, you may be able to switch to another or seek other treatment options.
Reflect on what you value.
Reflecting on what’s important to you – things like spending time with family and friends, maintaining independence, traveling, and working – will help determine which home dialysis treatment to choose. All types of home dialysis offer more flexibility than in-center dialysis, but some may fit better with your lifestyle or desired schedule. Keep these considerations in mind as you review your options.