Home Dialysis

Home hemodialysis combines the use of a dialysis machine with the convenience of being at home for improved quality of life and the ability to control your own schedule.

  • Where: The patient’s home
  • Frequency: 3 to 6 treatments per week (on average)
  • Time: 3 to 5 hours for each treatment. This varies by patient based on individual needs determined by the nephrologist.
  • What happens during treatment: Similar to in-center care, blood travels through tubes from the body, cycles through a special filter (called the dialyzer) to remove waste and excess fluid, and is sent back into the body.
  • Additional requirements: Home hemodialysis treatments require specialized training for both the patient and a caregiver or loved one, who is referred to as the “care partner.” There are also strict considerations for the home environment that need to be met, such as room for supply storage, adequate electrical wiring and a dependable water source.