Reliable plumbing and electricity are a must for in-home kidney dialysis. Also, it is important to have the vision quality to insert the dialysis needles into one's own skin. Staying with a regular schedule means that the patient must be motivated for this to work, as stated by ABC News.
As of 2012, out of about 5,700 dialysis centers in the United States, fewer than 25 percent provide training for home dialysis. People who have to go to a dialysis center for their treatments become the logistical hostage of the operating hours of those centers. This places limitations on their ability to hold down full-time jobs. Those centers that are willing to provide treatment end up giving their patients a much higher quality of life, reports ABC News.
Home dialysis has been a treatment option since 1980, but having a quality anchor center, which provides training, monthly checkups and emergency treatment, is crucial. This provides a needed support system for people who are responsible for their own treatment on a daily basis. As of 2010, only about 7 percent of dialysis patients were using home dialysis, but that number may continue to grow as training becomes more available, according to ABC News.