Home Hemodialysis

Home hemodialysis (Home HD) is a therapy option that filters your blood outside your body using a dialysis machine and a manufactured membrane, called a dialyzer. Here you can learn more about doing home hemodialysis (Home HD). 

What is home hemodialysis (Home HD)?

Hemodialysis (HD) is a type of dialysis that filters your blood outside your body using a machine and a dialyzer, which is a manufactured filter that acts like an artificial kidney.

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How Do I Perform Home Hemodialysis (Home HD)?

If home hemodialysis (Home HD) is the right treatment option for you, your healthcare team will train you to set up your dialysis machine and other equipment, insert needles properly, and how to perform your treatments successfully.

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Home hemodialysis (Home HD) Can Give You More Freedom

Compared to having dialysis in a clinic or hospital, home hemodialysis (Home HD) gives you more flexibility to plan treatments around the activities you know and love. You may even be able to travel while on home hemodialysis (Home HD). You should speak with your clinician before planning activities and trips, as they can give you more information on how to stay safe and healthy while pursuing a full and active life.

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Preparing Your Body for Home Hemodialysis (Home HD)

Before you begin home hemodialysis (Home HD), you will need to complete the 4-6 weeks of training required to perform treatment safely and successfully. You will typically also need a caregiver helping you with your home hemodialysis (Home HD) treatments, so he or she will also need to be trained. 

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Preparing Your Home for Home Hemodialysis (Home HD)

To perform safe and effective home hemodialysis (Home HD), you will need to have a dedicated clean area where you can conduct your daily treatments. You will also need a chair or bed that is comfortable for you to sit or lie in during treatment and a telephone with which you can make any necessary calls to your healthcare team. Your clean area will need to be adapted for dialysis with the type of electrical outlet needed for your dialysis machine, a water source that can be accessed easily during treatment, and a plumbing system for draining away any waste water. These adjustments will be organized by your clinic or hospital.

A member of your healthcare team will usually visit you at home and help you decide on the best place to set up your treatment area and store your supplies.

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Benefits of Home Hemodialysis (Home HD)

Home hemodialysis (Home HD) may be the right treatment option for you if it is well-suited to your medical and physical condition, and lifestyle choices. Home hemodialysis (Home HD) gives you the opportunity to enjoy the comfort and freedom that comes with performing dialysis in a space that feels familiar and safe, while having telephone access to professional help if you need it. Doing your treatments at home may also increase your flexibility by allowing you to avoid frequent trips to the hospital or clinic.

Where to go next?

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Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) at Home

There are other types of dialysis that can be done at home. Learn more about peritoneal dialysis (PD).

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In-Center Hemodialysis (In-Center HD)

You may prefer to receive dialysis at a hospital or treatment center near you. Learn more about in-center hemodialysis (In-Center HD).

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Other Treatment Options

If you and your clinician decide dialysis isn’t right for you, there are other treatment options you may consider. Learn more about other options for treating chronic kidney disease (CKD).