What is it?
Hemodialysis is required when the body’s kidneys can no longer do their job of cleaning the body’s blood, often because of damage to the kidneys caused by diabetes. Usually, hemodialysis machines are placed in a hospital or clinic, but the Home Hemodialysis Pilot Project is placing smaller hemodialysis machines in private homes to enable patients to have access to this service in their home communities.
Who is it for?
Hemodialysis is for patients whose kidneys have stopped working properly, and who need regular hemodialysis treatments to stay alive.
This home hemodialysis pilot project is beginning with a select group of patients chosen according to their suitability for the project – their health condition, their home water supply, and their capacity to manage the hemodialysis process on their own.
Where is it offered?
The pilot project is based in Waswanipi. If successful, it will be launched in other communities.
What is it like?
Working with a nurse who will support you, you will connect yourself to the hemodialysis machine, which will then clean your blood. This must be done approximately three to five times per week. It is not painful, but it is time-consuming. You will be based in your own home.
How long does it last?
Each hemodialysis session takes several hours. You have to do this three to five times a week.
You will need several weeks of training in preparation for home hemodialysis.
How can I get this service?
Currently this service is only available as a pilot project to selected patients in Waswanipi. If it is eventually offered in other communities, you could contact your CMC about being considered for home hemodialysis.
Where can I learn more?
You can discuss the possibility of home hemodialysis with the physician currently responsible for treating your kidney disease.