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Kidney Disease Management Programs

Our program helps you meet the guidelines established by the National Kidney Foundation and the Renal Physicians Association to manage and care for your kidney disease.

You can access support in a number of ways:

  • Our Disease Management Program works with you to control your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, to reduce hospital visits and costs and to improve your quality of life.
  • The Taking Care of Kidneys program — in the early stages of kidney disease, you learn ways to slow down — or in some cases, reverse — the progression of the disease.

Kidney Dialysis at Home

Home Training Program

It’s not easy to begin dialysis treatments. Not only are you worried about your health; you’re also concerned about making frequent, hours-long visits to a medical facility for the procedure.

These days, there are a variety of home-based dialysis treatments available, allowing you to have greater independence with fewer interruptions to daily living.

Our Home Training Program, combined with our educational programs that teach patients and families about caring for kidney disease, provides training and support for the most up-to-date methods of home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

A team of nurses, social workers and dietitians educates you on everything from deciding which form of dialysis best fits your lifestyle to how to use the therapy in your home. The program serves any UVA patient getting ready to begin dialysis or making decisions about which method to use.

Exercise During Dialysis

SitFit Exercise Program

UVA promotes exercise for kidney disease patients during dialysis treatments.

All UVA hemodialysis patients are offered the SitFit Exercise Program. During your dialysis treatments, you’ll exercise under the supervision of a renal exercise physiologist, using cycle ergometers, resistance bands, hand weights and ankle weights.

Doing so promotes muscle blood flow, which increases the amount of body tissue exposed to the dialysis treatment and offers better results in clearing toxins from the body.

Exercise also improves a kidney patient’s quality of life by increasing growth hormone levels, helping to avoid or slow muscle wasting and improving sleep, appetite and mood.

Watch how this exercise program for dialysis patients works.

Kidney Talk Class

Will you or someone you know be starting dialysis? The UVA Kidney Talk class helps you understand all of your treatment options and discusses issues like nutrition, financial planning and support options.

We've designed the class especially for patients who'll be beginning dialysis within the next six months.

When: The second Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Kidney Center Conference Room in the West Complex

Cost: Free

Register now: Call us at 434.924.1984

Taking Care of Your Kidneys Class

An one-and-a-half hour educational presentation to learn more about kidney disease

  • How the kidney works
  • Causes of kidney disease
  • Medications used to treat kidney disease
  • Nutrition management
  • How to be healthy

Dates: Second Fridays of March, May, July, September and November

Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Where: The Kidney Center Conference Room in the West Complex

Cost: Free

Register now: Call us at 434.924.1984

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