Learn about the ways you can get involved with your care and live a fuller and happier life on dialysis.
Getting Involved in Your Care
Getting involved in your kidney care is a great first step to leading a fuller and healthier life on dialysis. Click on the links below to learn more about getting involved in your care.
It is important that you actively take steps to make sure your health and safety needs are met. Click on the links below to learn more.
- “Know the Facts About Infection” provides an overview of why it’s important for kidney patients to know the facts about infection.
- Knowing how germs work can help you avoid infections. Learn more in “How do you get an infection? What you need to know to protect yourself!”
- “How can you protect yourself from Infections? Your Infection Prevention Guide” provides helpful information on what you can do to prevent an infection.
- Click here to watch patients share tips on how to stay healthy and prevent infections.
- For people receiving kidney dialysis or living with a kidney transplant, planning for emergencies and disasters can be the difference between life and death. Dialysis and kidney transplant patients must take special preparedness measures to ensure their own health and safety during and after disasters. The Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Program provides technical assistance to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks, kidney organizations, and other groups to ensure timely and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for the kidney community. Click here to visit the KCER website.
- Emergency Planning Checklist: Dialysis patients must take special measures during an emergency. Click here to view a checklist that can help you plan on how to stay safe in the case of an emergency.
- Emergency Contact Card: Keeping all of your important medical information and contacts in one place can be very helpful during an emergency. Click here to download your own “Emergency Contact Card.”
Connecting with other people who are living with dialysis can be very helpful. A peer mentor empowers fellow patients with information to help them start discussions with their kidney care team about their care choices. Click on the links below to learn more about peer mentoring.
- Peer Mentorship Role: Click here to learn more about what peer mentors do and what their role is at a dialysis facility.
- Peer Mentoring Guidelines: Click here to learn more about peer mentoring programs and what steps you can take to start a peer mentoring program in your dialysis facility.
- Peer Mentoring FAQs: Click here to learn the answers to the most frequently asked peer mentoring questions.
- Peer Mentoring Recruitment Form: Click here if you’re interested in speaking with other patients about kidney care choices. Complete the form and give it to a staff member at your dialysis center.