Category Archives: Social Work

Dialysis and Nursing Home


It’s not uncommon that a dialysis patient or a caregiver must make the decision to enter into a nursing home.   I came across this article about what to look for when evaluating a Nursing Home.  It’s brief, to the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Death (Part 4)


my friend is on dialysis and is dying. how do I talk to him? Above is a “search term” which showed up on my blog account.  In other words, that is what someone entered into a search engine like “Google” … Continue reading

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Discharge Planning from a Patient Perspective


This is an article I wrote for a discussion group on “Discharge Planning” but I’m sure many7 of you dialysis patients can relate to it. I never really thought about “Discharge Planning” until I came across this website on the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and ObamaCare – Get Covered America


I received this information from the Get Covered America Team. In October, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will add another feature to its growing list.  This will be the requirement that all Americans should be covered by insurance.  Now, if … Continue reading

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Dialysis and HealthPortal


It’s really important  that you take a part in your health information tracking.  Don’t just take the lab results you’re getting from the provider and toss them aside.  Keeping track of the data will help you maintain control of the … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Death (Part 2)


When I sat down to write about my friend John’s passing, I wanted to make the point about death and dialysis and all the ramifications of it but I didn’t want these issues to interfere with my tribute to John … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Age


A reader commented this week and wrote: …I wish my dad would go on dialysis, but..he is refusing, he just got out of Hospital yesterday after having a heart attack, his kidneys are only 16 percent. i am so worried, … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Medicare


    Update 10/17/12: Some notes from a recent conference: http://www.nephrologynews.com/articles/109077-where-is-the-esrd-program-going Update 10/9/12: I found a very good site that does a great job of explaining Medicare.  It’s directed to “seniors” but all ESRD patients will eventually be on Medicare if … Continue reading

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Dialysis and Social Work


“Social Worker” is a person who has graduated with a masters degree from a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. As follow up to my previous posts about “Dialysis and Depression“, I spoke with … Continue reading

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