For Kidney Professionals Resource Library
Professionals play a key role in the care and education of people with kidney disease. Life Options offers tools and resources for professionals to help improve the lives of patients.
Read cutting-edge home dialysis opinions
MEI and guests share perspectives about home therapies and how to raise their profile and enable more people to use them. Submit comments or a guest blog and help us tell the world about home dialysis.
Comply with the CMS requirement to measure health-related quality of life
Record, document, and report the results of CMS-required dialysis patient KDQOL-36TM health-related quality of life surveys. Annual subscription fee based on clinic size. $350 or less per clinic per year for unlimited use.
Evidence Based Education for your Patients
Teach a CKD class
Use our FREE, MIPPA-eligible slide decks one-on-one or with groups. Download our How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease toolkit—with slides, speaker’s notes, learning objectives, handouts, and a how-to guide. Adapt them so they work for YOU. Or your patients can watch video classes presented by award-winning social worker, Mary Beth Callahan.Learn More
Help patients slow CKD
Reinforce your teaching. Order our easy-to-read, engaging booklet to share accurate, up-to-date information. Help people with stage 3 CKD take active steps to slow their disease. Available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.Learn More
Order our fully-referenced booklet to help stage 4/5 CKD patients and families learn to delay kidney failure and understand all of the treatment options: transplant, dialysis, and conservative management. Available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.Learn More
What our patients eat matters. Lack of access to nutritious food—food insecurity—is a social determinant of health that is associated with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and the development and progression of CKD, notes Dr. Dugan Maddux, Vice President of Kidney Disease Initiatives at Fresenius Medical Care in this informative article. The Food is Medicine Coalition (FIMC) is developing the evidence base to demonstrate that medically tailored meals can improve health, reduce costs, and boost patient quality of life.Read the article
Give hope and share treatment options
Order our fully-referenced booklet to help stage 4/5 CKD patients and families learn to delay kidney failure and understand all of the treatment options: transplant, dialysis, and conservative management.Learn More
Offer informed consent for dialysis
Help, I Need Dialysis! is a reassuring, referenced, comprehensive, illustrated resource that covers ALL types of dialysis and what to expect. Winner of a National Health Information Award, this 193-page book is a must-have.Learn More
Educate Patients on how treatment options affect lifestyle
Help your patients match their personal values with the dialysis options that will give them the fullest lives with our FREE decision aid.Learn More
Promote venous access
Three illustrated vascular access booklets—one each for fistulas, grafts, and catheters. In English, Spanish, Korean, Bengali, Chinese, and French (Haitian) Creole.Learn More
Encourage home treatments
Original, easy-to-read articles about lifestyle topics related to PD and home HD, from keeping a job to what to expect from a PD catheter. Check out the topics!
Home Dialysis: Your Life, Your Choice 30-minute DVD takes you into the lives of six people on PD or daily or nocturnal home HD, plus three nephrologists. Cost: $10
Reduce care-partner burden
Partner Agreement on Tasks for Home Dialysis (PATH-D) - for PD or HHD. Tools to help manage tasks between the person on dialysis and a care partner.Learn More
Explain the Medicare start date
Medicare Start Date Calculator – free tool to learn when Medicare will start for your patients if they do home dialysis verses in-center.Learn More
Start a conversation with in-center patients
3-Minute Mini-movies in English and Spanish:
- Fistulas – Shows why it’s best to switch from a hemodialysis catheter to a fistula.
- Dialysis Options – Covers lifestyle impacts of PD, in-center nocturnal, and home HD.
- Fluids – Shares how excess fluid can make patients feel bad and what they can do about it.
- Getting Enough Dialysis – Explains the patient’s role in dialysis adequacy.
Share your expertise and help people with kidney disease!
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