How can my family and I cope with kidney failure?

You and your family may have difficulty accepting the changes in your lives caused by kidney failure, which can be a lot to handle. You may have feelings of frustration, guilt, denial, anger and depression. You and your family may find it helpful to share your questions and concerns with each other and with people who are willing to offer support. These can include close friends and members of the healthcare team. The social worker at your dialysis center is trained to provide counseling to help you make the transition to dialysis or transplantation.

Some of the biggest adjustments are:
  • getting used to a new routine with peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis
  • following your diet and nutrition plan
  • taking all your medications exactly as ordered by your doctor (including anti-rejection medications if you have a transplant)
  • continuing with your work, studies, family commitments and hobbies
The healthcare team (social workers, dietitians, doctors, nurses, technicians, advanced practitioners and other staff) are trained to help you make these adjustments and to help you understand all areas of your care.

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