- Addressing the role that emotions play in modality choice
- The importance of the question, "what matters to you" for new patients
- Will introduce the MATCH-D and My Life, My Dialysis Choice tools that can aid patient in modality decisions.
Once a modality choice had been made, identifying and incorporating a care partner is impetrative to the success of a home modality.
Most often care partners are patients family member, or someone who lives in or neat the patients residence. As the dialysis population gets old, most often patients lean on their children for support. Supporting an elder parent with a chronic disease can quickly become overwhelming. Most of theses individuals have full time jobs, children at home, and other commitments.
The American Association of Kidney Patients has developed a resources for patient to share with their care partners. The tool highlights what patient can do to help reduce burden for their care partner. The tool helps patient to:
- Understand what they are still capable of doing for themselves
- Access what services maybe be available to them so that the care partner does not have to take on total responsibility
- Developing a schedule for both patient and care partner
- Tips for communicating with care partner
- How to encourage the care partner to care for themselves