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More flexibility. Better outcomes.

Transitioning to home-based dialysis means a more flexible schedule and increased health benefits. Explore the advantages of at-home care.

What you need to know about care at home

There are many important factors to consider if you’re thinking about care at home. For example, how do you create the proper space needed for dialysis supplies and equipment? Who can you count on to help you with treatments, if needed? You’ll need to talk to your nephrologist to see if care at home may be right for you. Our treatment decision guide can help prepare you for that conversation.

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Hemodialysis at home overview

  • Hemodialysis at home uses a machine to remove waste and excess water from your blood.
  • You’ll need 15 square feet of clean space free of clutter in your home for equipment/supplies.
  • You'll need a water source to hook your machine up to.
  • It requires you to have a reliable person to be your dialysis partner.
  • You must attend pre-dialysis training.
  • It requires a minor medical procedure to create vascular access.

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Peritoneal dialysis at home overview

  • During peritoneal treatment, dialysis happens in your abdomen (belly) where your peritoneum acts as a filter.
  • You’ll need a clean, dry, well-lit place for treatments and equipment storage.
  • It’s recommended to have a trusted person present to assist you on days when you aren’t feeling well.
  • You must attend pre-dialysis training.
  • It requires minor surgery to have a catheter placed in your abdomen.

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Support for health professionals

We partner with nephrologists and nurses so your patients can understand their treatment options and the health benefits of care at home. Contact us to see how you can access at-home treatment right away.

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Benefits of care at home

Here are a few reasons why care at home is the future of kidney health:

  • Home dialysis allows for longer, more frequent treatments. This has generally been shown to help people live longer, healthier lives. 1,2,3,4
  • People receiving home dialysis report fewer interruptions to their lifestyle compared to those dialyzing in-center.
  • People report higher levels of satisfaction with home dialysis compared to in-center treatment.5
  • You can receive treatment in a comfortable and familiar setting.
  • Studies show that people receiving home dialysis are more likely to receive a kidney transplant than those on conventional hemodialysis.6

Additionally, in one survey, half of all nephrologists said they would recommend at-home dialysis for their patients.7

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The CVS Kidney Care® home-first approach is unique because we are focused on keeping that individual as close to their existing lifestyle as possible."

Ercelene Kinnebrew
Kidney Care Educator

1Nesrallah GE, Lindsay RM, Cuerden MS, et. al. Journal of the American Society. April 2012;23(4):696-705
2Jaber BL, Lee Y, Collins AJ, et al. Effect of daily hemodialysis on depressive symptoms and post dialysis recovery time: interim report from the FREEDOM (Following Rehabilitation, Economics and Everyday-Dialysis Outcome Measurements) Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2010;56(3):531-539
3Culleton BF, Walsh M, Klarenbach SW, et al. Effect off frequent nocturnal hemodialysis vs conventional hemodialysis on left ventricular mass and quality of life: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2007;298(11):1291-1299.
4Weinhandl ED et al. J Am Soc Nephrol Propensity-Matched Mortality Comparison of Incident Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Patients. March 2010;21(3):499-506. Accessed April 18, 2022.
5Fadem SZ, Walker DR, Abbott G, et al. Satisfaction with renal replacement therapy and education: the American Association of Kidney Patients survey. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. March 2011; 6(3): 605–612. Accessed February 18, 2022.
6Jon J. Snyder, Bertram L. Kasiske, David T. Gilbertson, and Allan J. Collins,  A comparison of transplant outcomes in peritoneal and hemodialysis patients. Kidney International  Vol. 62 (2002), pp.1423-1430
7Schiller B, Neitzer A, and Doss S. Perceptions about renal replacement therapy among nephrology professionals. Nephrologist News and Issues. September 2010. Pages 36–44.