People who need dialysis can do their treatment in the comfort of their own homes. There are two types of treatments you can do.
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a treatment for kidney failure that uses blood vessels in the lining of your abdomen—the peritoneum—to naturally filter waste from your blood. During PD, a cleansing solution called dialysate is sent through a PD catheter to your peritoneal (abdominal) cavity, where it absorbs waste and toxins from blood vessels in the peritoneum and is then drained back out and discarded.
Home hemodialysis (HD) is a treatment for kidney failure. Hemo is a process in which your blood is filtered outside your body through a dialyzer or “artificial kidney” to remove unwanted waste, toxins and excess fluids. The cleaned blood is then returned to your bloodstream. This treatment option can be done in center or in the comfort of your own home.
We often hear “How big is the machine? Can I move it easily to another room? How much room do I need to store supplies? What does a typical home dialysis treatment set up look like?”
We created a tool to help you get started on planning your treatment space using your own room size and furniture. Our guide comes with a printable PDF with a blank room layout grid and mock-up scaled to the grid for just about everything you might have in a living room or bedroom plus standard home dialysis machines.
To use the tool just print out the grid and all of the furniture pages. Draw a line to fit your room size and cut out the dialysis machine and furniture that fits your dimensions. Then you can use the cut-out pieces to decide where everything will go in your space BEFORE having to move heavy furniture around to see if it works.