Home Haemodialysis (Home HD)

Home haemodialysis (Home HD) is a kidney dialysis option that filters your blood outside your body using a dialysis machine and a manufactured membrane, called a dialyser. 

What is home haemodialysis (Home HD)?

During haemodialysis (HD), the dialysis machine removes a small amount of your blood from your body through a needle or catheter. The dialyser then filters your blood, removing waste, toxins, and excess fluid before returning the filtered blood back into your body. 

Haemodialysis (HD) can be done at home, ideally with the assistance of a caregiver, giving you the flexibility to adjust your treatment schedule around your daily activities and the time to carry on a normal life.

Male patient participating in home haemodialysis

How Do I Perform Home Haemodialysis (Home HD)?

If home haemodialysis (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.

Patient Care in Home Haemodialysis

Home haemodialysis (Home HD) Can Give You More Freedom

Compared to having dialysis in a clinic or hospital, home haemodialysis (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 haemodialysis (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.

Surgical Procedure before in-centre haemodialysis

Preparing Your Body for Home Haemodialysis (Home HD)

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

Preparing your Home for Home Haemodialysis (Home HD)

Preparing Your Home for Home Haemodialysis (Home HD)

To perform safe and effective home haemodialysis (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 organised 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.

A couple is reaping the benefits of Home Haemodialysis

Benefits of Home Haemodialysis (Home HD)

Home haemodialysis (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 haemodialysis (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?

Illustration of a patient participating in in-centre haemodialysis

In-Centre Haemodialysis (In-Centre HD)

You may prefer to receive dialysis at a hospital or treatment centre near you with ICHD. 

Illustration of patients having peritoneal dialysis in their homes

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) at Home

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is the other type of dialysis which can be done at home. We explain more on PD. 

Illustration of Kidney Transplant and medication

Kidney Transplant & Conservative Care

If you and your clinician decide dialysis isn’t right for you, there are other treatment options you may consider.