Making the Most of Your Square Footage for Dialysis

By NxStage Medical

If spring cleaning was on your to-do list, chances are you’ve already started (or finished) some of those bothersome chores. But for home dialysis patients, there’s never a bad time to think about ways to plan, improve, or organize your therapy area and supplies. We did a bit of legwork and checked in with current and former patients to track down some tips and ideas that may put a spring in your step.

So, whether you’re considering home dialysis, transitioning to a new home modality, or a veteran dialysis warrior, read on and make the most of your space and time!

Your Treatment Space

Considering the hours you spend dialyzing each week, when creating, updating, or organizing your treatment space you should think about the kind of environment that will make your experience as pleasant as possible. Ask yourself … What will make me feel the most comfortable, confident and calm? Would I prefer privacy (if solo), or to be with family members or a care partner? Is there a room or location that I can “make my own?” What items or furnishings will make therapy easier or more relaxing? Wherever and whatever you decide, your treatment area will need the following:

When we set up our treatment room, we made it comfortable because we would be spending 3 to 4 hours a day in there. Keep things simple, don’t overthink. It is your space, make it work for you.

– Dawn B.

My best advice would be a dolly (or utility cart) to put the machine and PureFlow on. That way it’s easy to move around the house.

– Chelsea

Other suggestions

I use hands-free smart devices to play music, set timers and reminders, even turn on the lights. That way you don’t have to touch things.

– LaTasha

Storage and Organization

I find it helpful to have a space dedicated solely to treatments. Plenty of storage space is needed. I invested in two storage carts, as well as large plastic containers for cartridges and saks.

– Brian

If a new patient is really limited on space, they should ask their nurse if having delivery every two weeks instead of monthly is possible, to reduce the amount of on-hand supplies at home.

– Dawn

Make a checklist of the instructions (and supplies) for treatment and post it on the wall above the machine. We checked them every time we started treatment. We don’t have to look at them anymore but still have them posted just in case.

– Bernie

One of the most exciting parts of home dialysis is the fact that you get to do it in the comfort of your own home. That also comes with challenges, like finding a place for your equipment and supplies, and a spot where therapy works best. With a bit of help from your care team, our customer service team, and your own creative side, you can make the most of the space you have.