Eligible continuing care clients with renal failure now have the option to have dialysis treatments in their homes and at designated long-term-care facilities through the Peritoneal Dialysis Program.
Peritoneal dialysis is a well-established alternative to traditional hemodialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is passed through an artificial-kidney machine to be cleaned. Peritoneal dialysis uses a similar filtration process, but the blood is cleaned inside the body rather than in a machine. This form of dialysis can be performed in the home or in the community.
Peritoneal dialysis is less invasive and in many cases better suited to elderly and disabled patients. It improves blood-pressure control, preserves remaining kidney function and expands dietary options.
Continuing Care clients who require dialysis can call 1-800-225-7225, if you are calling from out of province go to this list to find the right DHA contact number, any day of the week between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for more information on eligibility and how to access peritoneal dialysis services.
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