What do I need to know about caring for someone in dialysis treatment?

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Being in dialysis therapy can be overwhelming. Your support and care will go a long way in helping someone overcome their condition. Offer to help arrange transportation to and from the dialysis center. Make sure that the doctor or nurse is checking their weight and blood pressure before and after each session. And confirm that their care is evaluated on a regular basis. If the results are unsatisfactory, adjustments can be made so that your friend or loved one is receiving optimal care.

Dialysis treatment represents the loss of independence for many, which can be emotionally challenging. Your encouragement and understanding during this difficult time will go a long way toward healing.

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Dialysis

Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.
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