It is difficult for patients to accept the fact that their kidneys are failing and that the urgent start for dialysis is a must. Most patients, when they get bombarded with news like this, feel confused, sad and full of questions that might be difficult to ask.
When a patient is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), it is important to make them feel comfortable and relaxed in the new environment that they will spend a good portion of their lives in until, if lucky enough, they can get a kidney transplant.
Visiting a dialysis center for the first time can be something new patients dread. They may have heard that clinics can be cold and smell funny, or that busy staff don't have the time to give each patient the personal attention they need. Patients don't want to be just a number waiting for treatment.
Changes are happening and more dialysis centers are opening their doors to a comfortable environment. DSI, KidneySpa and DialySpa, are three clinics that are reinventing the way treatment has been done for decades. They are putting themselves in the patients shoes and making small changes.
To read more about the changes occurring in some clinics to make comfort a priority, check out the August RBT Digital Issue.