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What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a treatment that cleans and filters the blood. When your kidneys fail, dialysis is a treatment used to perform the typical function of your kidneys.  


Learn more about what dialysis is.  

Benefits of home dialysis.

The benefits of home dialysis include the convenience of a more flexible schedule and better health. You can get the treatment you need and still live a normal life filled with all of the things that you love to do.   

  1. More flexible schedule. With home dialysis you can pick your schedule instead of needing to follow a clinics schedule. This makes it much easier for our patients to travel, work, and enjoy the activities of their normal day. 
  2. More thoroughly filtered blood.  Home dialysis treatments are done more often than the standard dialysis treatment. Since a healthy kidney works 24/7 this enhanced frequency helps maintain the feeling of having healthy kidneys and reduces the risk of common dialysis health problems. Some of these include: painful muscle cramps from removing too much fluid too quickly, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, and high phosphate levels. More frequent dialysis means that fluid does not have as much time to build up in the body between sessions and has less opportunity to cause harm. This also has translated into less medication necessary for those secondary conditions (blood pressure control, etc.).
  3. Better quality of life. Standard dialysis can leave people feeling tired and drained for several hours after their treatment, making it challenging for them to participate in events and activities they would have otherwise enjoyed. Home dialysis patients typically feel better, have more energy, less nausea, and sleep better than those patients on standard dialysis. They have also been shown to have a better mental and physical health with fewer depressive symptoms. This allows them to enjoy their life despite their diagnosis offering a better overall quality of life.   

Different types of home dialysis.

Below is an explanation of the various types of home dialysis treatment options available to patients. 

  • Daily Home Hemodialysis (HD) - 2.5 - 4 hour treatments done 5 or 6 times a week. This ensures there is no 2-day gap without any blood cleansing. Providing patients fewer limits on what you eat and drink than if you did standard in-center treatments.
  • Peritoneal Dialysis - A treatment that cleans wastes and water out of the blood, using the lining of the inside of the abdomen (peritoneum). A catheter is placed in the belly or chest and used to fill the belly with sterile PD fluid. Capillary blood vessels in the peritoneum filter the blood. Wastes and water flow into the fluid, which is then drained and replaced with fresh fluid in a process called an exchange.
  • Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis (HD) - 8 to 10 hours of hemodialysis in a single treatment. This treatment is very slow and gentle, which is also easier on your heart. This kind of treatment can be done at home as well as at clinics that offer it and is done while a patient sleeps. 
  • Nocturnal In-Center Hemodialysis (HD) - Nocturnal Home HD offered in a skilled nursing facility making it very convenient and beneficial for both patients and facility staff.

Compare the different types of home dialysis at a quick glace by clicking here. 


Benefits of on-site dialysis in skilled nursing facilities.

There are many benefits to both the patient and the skilled nursing facility when home hemodialysis is offered on-site.


Patients:

  • No inconvenience with having to be transported to and from a dialysis center, reducing the burden both physical and financially.
  • No wasted time waiting on transportation to and from a dialysis center.
  • Increased survival rate. 
  • Improved mental and physical health. 
  • More frequent dialysis is associated with significant improvement in self-reported quality of life. 
  • For short-stay patients, more time for rehabilitation.
  • For long-term patients, more time to enjoy the offerings at the facility and personal interests. 
  • Access to more flexible dialysis options, including more frequent treatments where appropriate. 

Skilled Nursing Facilities:

  • Less disruptions to patient care schedules, meals, and medications. 
  • Decreased expense in transportation of patients to and from dialysis centers. 
  • Increased communication with dialysis providers to ensure patient safety and quality. 
  • Opportunity to offer services other communities do not have and provide end stage renal disease patients a great customer service experience. 

Glossary of terms.

For a glossary of terms typically seen and heard when discussing home dialysis options and treatments click on the link below. 

Glossary of Terms

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Home Advantage Dialysis

1621 44th Street SW, Suite #300, Wyoming, MI 49509

Phone: (616) 288-3882 Fax: (616) 259-9702