Our Patient Co-Investigator, Lana Schmidt, won a KidneyX Patient Innovator Prize, funded by the National Kidney Foundation. Her project is entitled "Getting a care partner for home dialysis."
Getting a care partner for home dialysis
Motivating patients to make the transition from in-center dialysis to home dialysis can be very challenging because it is an unknown and they are fearful. One way to help ease their fear is to have someone there to help them after they have gone through the training. Most states have some type of home health care program for chronically ill patients that provides the assistance they need in doing home dialysis. This type of assistance program can take the heavy burden off the patients of doing dialysis at home.