Becoming a Care Partner for a Loved One on Haemodialysis

Home haemodialysis can give patients with chronic kidney disease a new lease on life. But they can’t do their treatments alone. Home haemodialysis may require a care partner.

While many patients may perform most or all of their treatment, a trained and qualified care partner needs to be present during treatments for support and to act in the event of a medical emergency.

There are many different types of people who may become a care partner.

A home haemodialysis care partner is anyone who has been trained and is qualified to use a home haemodialysis system. A care partner is not a caregiver (a live-in medical assistant) and does not have to be a live-in relative, spouse, or family member. It can be a friend, next-door neighbour, spouse, work colleague, church friend, or even a business associate—someone who cares and wants to make a generous contribution to another person’s life.

Once trained, a care partner needs to be present during each home dialysis treatment, which can last from 2½ to 3 hours several times a week. Treatments can be timed around both the patient’s and care partner’s schedules for everyone’s convenience.

For more information on becoming a care partner for a patient, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. They describe some of the things you can expect when you take on this important responsibility.

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