Living Well with Dialysis

Before you start treatment, it is important to consider all of your options including:

  • your dialysis treatment choices: hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis or kidney transplantation
  • the location you would like to receive treatment, including your own home or in one of our clinics located in East Tacoma, Puyallup or Gig Harbor
  • the time of day which best suits your needs and schedule, we try to accommodate your schedule to the best of our ability
  • talk to your doctor about having a dialysis access (entrance into your bloodstream that lies beneath your skin and is easy to use) placed before you start dialysis

What is it like to start dialysis?

Dialysis can involve many challenges and adjustments. In spite of all the planning, there are still times when renal failure can feel overwhelming and you may find it is helpful to talk to someone other than your family and friends. Our social workers can discuss any of the following with you to help you on your journey:

  • feeling down or blue
  • feelings of loss and grief
  • anxiety about treatment
  • physical changes and limitations
  • marriage and family problems
  • sexual concerns
  • self-esteem and body image
  • job issues
  • transportation
  • insurance options including prescription drug coverage
  • arranging for travel on dialysis
  • maintaining hobbies and interests
  • helping with your financial needs
  • finding out services that you may be eligible for

What costs are involved in starting dialysis?

Many people are concerned about how to pay for dialysis. The most common ways in which dialysis is paid for is through Medicare, Medicare supplement plans, Medicaid and private insurance. Our staff will help you find the most affordable insurance option to help you pay for dialysis.