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The Relationship Between Physicians & Families Of Dialysis Patients

Posted by Reliant Renal Care

The Importance Of Communication Between You & Your Loved One’s Physician

Dialysis can be a life improving treatment for people who suffer from CKD. But hemodialysis can also take a toll on a person’s body and mentality. If your loved one is undergoing dialysis treatment, we know that this can take a toll on you, too. It is hard to see someone you care about struggle and go through this treatment process because while it does mitigate the risks of CKD and extend one’s life expectancy, it can cause tremendous exhaustion. There are important questions you can ask and ways to communicate with a nephrologist to understand the effects of dialysis and better prepare to maintain a high quality of life for your loved one.

Educate Yourself & Ask Questions

We highly encourage family members of people undergoing dialysis to ask questions. Asking questions can help alleviate concerns you may have, and can also open up your eyes to things you didn’t know you could do to help your loved one through this tough time. Being able to help them will have better emotional and mental payoffs in the future. Some basic questions are: What can you expect as a family member or caretaker? What are some tips on what you can do to help them through this time? Are there support groups for dialysis patients or the families of dialysis patients? Also feel free to ask personal questions: Are there ways I can prepare my home to be more accommodating? What types of food and nutrition should I have available? How can I incorporate activity and exercise into their routine? The more informed you are, the better you can be there for your family member who is undergoing treatment. It is important also to be aware of the risks of dialysis. Be sure to ask their physician and/or nephrologist about:

  • Fatigue
  • Blood clots
  • Potential Infections

Reliant Renal Care Is Here For You

Here at Reliance Renal Care, we are fully committed to open communication and education for both patients undergoing dialysis as well as their loved ones. We work with our patients to help them understand the benefits of peritoneal dialysis, which can be done in the comfort of their own home instead of having to go to a dialysis center. We strive to give our patients and you, their family, relief from the struggles that come with dialysis. Contact us today!