Dialysis At Home FAQ

What is staff assisted home dialysis?

Staff assisted dialysis refers to dialysis treatments being administered by trained medical professionals each and every time in the comfort and privacy of your own home.


Do I need a care partner or do I have to have special training?

Since medical staff are administering the dialysis there is no care partner/ patient training required.


Are there any special modifications that have to be done to my home?

With the NxStage System One dialysis machine there are no special plumbing or electrical modifications needed. It easily fits into any room at home without any construction or plumbing requirements. The system plugs into a standard 110v electrical outlet.


Will I be able to travel?

The NxStage machine is small enough to travel with and comes with its own protective case which can easily be packed into a car or checked for airplane travel. We will make arrangements to ship all necessary supplies ahead of time to your destination and arrange for staff assistance if available in that area.


How often do I have to do dialysis?

A typical home hemodialysis schedule is 5-6 days per week for about 2 hours per session. Most people who go into a center for hemodialysis go 3 days per week for 4 hours at a time. Shorter,more frequent dialysis eliminates the large fluctuations in between treatments and most people feel better. You and your doctor will decide on your specific dialysis prescription.


Does insurance pay for staff assisted home hemodialysis?

We only accept commercial insurance at this time. Call our office at 801-994-6545 to receive a free consultation regarding the eligibility of your commercial insurance. We will work with your insurance company to obtain authorization prior to starting.


What are the other types of dialysis?

There are two general types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis involves cleaning the blood by pumping your blood through a machine that removes the wastes and extra fluid and returns your clean blood to your body. Hemodialysis can be done in a center or at home. Peritoneal dialysis cleans your blood by adding a special fluid into your abdomen through a catheter. While the fluid dwells inside your body, it pulls the wastes and extra fluids from your blood. This fluid is then drained. Peritoneal dialysis is done daily.

Resources and Education

Chronic kidney disease and dialysis education & information

National Kidney Foundation

https://www.kidney.org/

Provides information and resources for those dealing with chronic kidney disease and dialysis.

Kidney School

http://www.kidneyschool.org/

Education on all aspects of kidney disease and dialysis. Online interactive education modules. Free and no login or password required.

Home Dialysis Central

http://www.homedialysis.org/

Information and education about all aspects of home dialysis

American Association of Kidney Patients

https://aakp.org/

Advocacy and education of kidney patients

Renal Support Network

http://www.rsnhope.org/

Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides non-medical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD)