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In-Center Hemodialysis Vs. Staff Assisted Home Hemodialysis

If you’re tired of spending all of your time at a dialysis center or on the way to one, then you’re a lot like others out there with chronic kidney disease. While you may be under the impression that this is something that you’re going to be stuck doing forever, this is simply not the case. There is an easy way to get back this time, and that’s by opting for staff-assisted home hemodialysis. With this treatment option, you’ll undergo your hemodialysis at home with the help of a dialysis-experienced nurse.

In-Center Hemodialysis

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Facilities are widely available
  • You can get to know other patients
  • You must travel to the center for treatments at least 3x/week
  • Treatments are scheduled by the center and are relatively fixed
  • Facilities usually enforce the strictest diet which is not suitable for all people
  • Patients generally get very tired after treatment
  • You have more frequent ups and downs from day-to-day

Staff-Assisted Home Hemodialysis

Advantages Disadvantages
  • The safety and privacy of being treated in your home
  • If you’re in the nursing home, it is easier to fit in your other treatment schedule including therapy
  • If the patient has a lot of complications, the monitoring is one on one by an experienced dialysis nurse
  • No travel to a dialysis center 3x/week especially if you’re needing an ambulance service or similar transportation
  • Being able to eat and drink when you choose
  • You gain a sense of independence and control of your own treatments
  • Less exposure to sick patients with potentially infectious diseases
  • Some space is needed in your home for equipment and supplies
  • Some plumbing and wiring changes may be performed by the Provider
  • Electric and gas bills may slightly increase

*Some excerpts are taken from National Kidney Foundation and Renal Health Network.