Celebrate Home Hemodialysis Day—with Resources from MEI
Tina Harrison, President of Home Dialyzors United
The lovely, smiling lady in this unfortunately fuzzy photo is Winifred Yuri Tapper, who passed away last month at age 70. She developed kidney failure when she was just 27 and was a much-beloved kindergarten teacher in Simi Valley, CA for more than 30 years before she retired. What made her longevity possible? Nocturnal home hemodialysis (HD) three times a week is a likely factor! Ms. Tapper was the first person trained by Kaiser Permanente to do home HD, and received a certificate from the National Kidney Foundation for living with 40+ years of dialysis. A long, full life like Ms. Tapper’s is the best reason to celebrate Home Hemodialysis Day.
At the Medical Education Institute (MEI), we want everyone with kidney failure to be able to live as long and as fully as Ms. Tapper did, even if they can’t have, don’t want, or have to wait years for a transplant. Last year, NxStage created Home Hemodialysis Day on the third Thursday in March. Since MEI launched Home Dialysis Central in 2004 because we support home treatments of all kinds, we think this was a great idea. (Someone create a PD day!) So, we are using it as a chance to gather some of our home HD tools and resources into one handy document so you can find them again with less searching.
Right here on Home Dialysis Central, you can find:
- Descriptions of standard home HD, daily home HD, nocturnal home HD, and even in-center nocturnal HD, which is not a home treatment, but is the next best thing if you can handle the schedule.
- A comparison chart of six types of dialysis
- Patient stories – and you can see which option people like you chose to make their lives work
- Equipment and home dialysis supplies
- Helpful products, like books, fistula finders, and catheter covers
- Find a clinic database to locate a home HD program near you
- More than four dozen original, easy-to-read Life@Home articles
- Our Medicare Start Date calculator – so you can see how long it would take to get Medicare, based on which treatment you start, and when.
- Stuart Mott’s The Art of Teaching Buttonhole Cannulation
- FREE postcards to spread the word about home treatments!
- Help, I Need Dialysis! Dr. John Agar and I wrote this book, which has tons of detail about all types of home HD and their impact on lifestyle and survival. We offer 5 CE credits for the book for nurses and technicians in a package on our CE website—and discounts for bulk orders.
- The Help! book was the basis for our free My Life, My Dialysis Choice decision aid—which can help you see which option might best fit your life and values. (Clinicians, try this and see what you might pick. You might be surprised!) Order FREE postcards to share the tool with others!
- How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease - This free slide toolkit is for teaching MIPPA-eligible CKD education classes one-on-one or in groups—including treatment options. We did not copyright the slides, so they can be altered to meet the needs of the presenter. An update is in the works! Or, watch the videos.
- In Kidney School, you can learn about treatment options, and the impact of each type of treatment on various aspects of lifestyle is integrated into all of the modules.
Happy Home Hemodialysis Day!