Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to follow a special diet when I’m on dialysis?

Yes! You need good nutrition when you are on dialysis. A dietician will meet with you and discuss a meal plan that fits your specific needs.

What are some of the things I need to watch in my diet?

Your goal is to have good nutrition with fresh, less processed foods and low salt intake. The dietitian will assist you in meeting your nutritional needs.

Should I avoid tomatoes, potatoes or oranges?

A low potassium diet may be needed based on what type of dialysis you are doing. A dietitian will monitor your potassium levels and how much potassium foods can be included in your diet.

Can I eat pizza or other fast foods?

All foods can occasionally fit in your diet but good quality nutrition will supply your body with better energy and nutrition. Substitute fast foods or better choices when eating out will be discussed.

Will I need to limit my fluid intake?

Probably-this will be determined by your urine output and any edema or swelling you may have.

What can my social worker help me with?

Your social worker is here to help you adapt to living with kidney failure. She will help you get information you would like to know about the disease, how it impacts your body, different treatment options, and things you can do to better your health and overall well-being. She will also help you to locate resources that may help you to live a better life, ie: home nurse, physical therapy, utility assistance, transportation, medication assistance, and other community resources.

Is your social worker available for one-on-one consultations?

Yes. You may request to meet with your social worker privately before or after treatment or on your off-treatment day. Your social worker is also available by phone Monday-Friday.

Is transportation available?

Yes. There are several options available for transportation. Some of them are covered by insurance, some are paid for out-of-pocket. None of these services are provided directly by the dialysis clinic. Please ask your social worker for more information on what options are available for you and how to get started.

Can I travel on dialysis?

Yes. You will need to plan ahead, as many dialysis clinics require advanced notice to treat traveling patients. Your social worker will assist you with locating a clinic near your travel destination and will help forward your medical records.

What insurance do you accept?

We accept most insurances. Your insurance will be verified prior to your initial visit. You will be contacted before your first appointment if we do not accept your coverage. It is your responsibility to inform us of any change in your coverage before any and all appointments. You always have the option of paying out of pocket at the time of service.