Beginning dialysis can be a bit scary at first, but your care team at Cincinnati Home Dialysis will be there with you every step of the way to make this transition as easy as possible and answer any questions you have. Your care team consists of the following members dedicated to your wellbeing:
Before your home treatments begin, your training nurse and/or social worker will visit your home to make sure you have a space set up to perform your dialysis treatments that is comfortable and that meets any setup requirements prescribed by the nephrologist. The training itself can be conducted in your home or at our care center.
You’ll also receive a personalized packet with information about your dialysis equipment, your list of prescriptions and medications, any custom medical needs you have, and a list of emergency contact numbers.
Home hemodialysis training typically takes three to five weeks. Your nurse will show you the correct way to wash your hands, how to operate the dialysis machine, how to insert any needles or tubes, and how to handle any emergencies. As you and your care partner become more familiar and comfortable with the process, you will gradually begin setting up the machine and performing the treatment on your own.
Even after you successfully complete home hemodialysis training, your care team will be available to help you whenever you need it. At Cincinnati Home Dialysis, we will continue to provide support and care throughout your home hemodialysis treatment. You have access to on-call nurses and support staff all day, every day. A dialysis nurse will also visit your home periodically to make sure your treatments are being administered correctly and to check on your progress.
The frequency of your visits will ultimately be determined by your nephrologist, but typically you will come in to the Cincinnati Home Dialysis center once each month to visit your nephrologist, who will access your progress with the home treatment and determine if any other modifications are necessary to fit your needs. Of course, if you have any urgent concerns, feel free to call our office to speak to our support staff or schedule an earlier appointment.