Home Is Where The Heart Is: How Home Dialysis Treatments Can Benefit Disabled People With Kidney Problems

Posted on: 13 November 2017

Undergoing the treatments required to keep a person with renal failure or other serious kidney problems in good health can be incredibly trying, and this difficulty is compounded if the person suffers from other disabilities. For people who suffer from a range of disabilities that include renal failure, such as people with advanced auto-immune disorders, maintaining their health often means frequent trips to hospitals and treatment centres to undergo dialysis treatments, but home dialysis treatments are becoming available to more and more people every year.

As you can imagine, having your dialysis treatments conducted in your home can have a number of benefits, for both you and any carers who help keep you in fighting trim. Here are just some of the ways home dialysis treatments provided by disability care providers can make dialysis a much less stressful endeavour:

Increased treatment frequency

Frequent travel to distant care centres can be impractical or impossible for many renal failure patients, especially if they suffer from other disabilities that limit movement or cognitive function. An unfortunate consequence of this difficulty is that dialysis treatments become less frequent, with the patient having to spend longer undergoing each treatment to compensate for decreased treatment frequency.

By opting for home dialysis treatments, frequent, short periods of dialysis treatment become much more practicable. These treatment schedules more accurately mimic the function of a healthy kidney and prevent excessive toxins from building up in your kidneys and bloodstream between treatments, which can have a profoundly positive effect on your long-term health and outlook.

Reduced travel costs

Treatment centres equipped to provide comprehensive dialysis treatments are far from common, and many disabled people with kidney problems are forced to travel many miles for their treatments. Even if you only require dialysis once or twice a week, this can become prohibitively expensive very quickly, especially if your disabilities necessitate specialised modes of transport such as accessible buses.

Home dialysis can dramatically reduce the amount of money you lose to transportation costs, allowing you to keep a tighter hold on your finances during long term treatment. Given the financial constraints many people with profound health problems endure, saving three figures a month on fuel costs can be a tremendous help and give you much more peace of mind.

More free time

As previously mentioned, patients who undergo dialysis treatment less frequently must undergo longer treatments, often lasting several hours at a time. Since dialysis machines are largely immobile, this invariably means being cooped up in a single room for a good portion of your day, taking time away that you would otherwise spend at work, enjoying the company of family and friends or indulging your hobbies.

Home dialysis treatments give you far more time to yourself, both by allowing more frequent (and therefore shorter) dialysis treatments, and allowing you to undergo treatments in the comfort of your own home. Family and friends can visit you during treatments without having to drive to distant and uninviting treatment centres, and you will have far more ways to productively occupy your time while you are hooked up to the dialysis machine. For more information, contact companies like Simply Helping.