Kidney Disease Management Programs

Our programs meet the guidelines established by the National Kidney Foundation and the Renal Physicians Association. At UVA, we can help you manage and care for your kidney disease.

Some of our programs include:

  • Disease Management Program — We work with you to control your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure levels to reduce hospital visits and costs and to improve your quality of life.
  • Taking Care of Kidneys — If you're in the early stages of kidney disease, this program can help you learn ways to slow down or reverse the progression of the disease.

Kidney Dialysis at Home

Home Training Program

Home-based dialysis treatments options allow 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 choosing a form of dialysis and how to use the therapy in your home. 

Kidney Talk Class

Our Kidney Talk class helps you understand all of your treatment options. It also focuses on issues like nutrition, financial planning and support options.

This class benefits 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: Kidney Center Clinic Conference Room in the West Complex

Cost: Free

Register now: Call us at 434.924.1984

Taking Care of Your Kidneys Class

In this 90 minute presentation you'll learn about every aspect of kidney disease, including:

  • 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: Kidney Center Clinic Conference Room in the West Complex

Cost: Free

Register now: Call us at 434.924.1984

Kidney Disease Education Clinic

This hour-long session with Danielle Wentworth and a registered dietitian provides insight on:

  • Kidney function
  • Kidney disease and complications
  • Nutritional needs for patients with kidney disease
  • Treatment options
  • Prevention tips to slow the progression of the disease

A regular clinic visit may not be enough time to discuss every facet of kidney disease care. This clinic provides an in-depth educational and counseling service to patients in stage 4 and stage 5 kidney disease. The goal is to help prepare patients for the transition to dialysis or a transplant. Ask your nephrologist about getting a referral. 

Dates: First Friday of each month

Time: 8 a.m. - noon

Where: Kidney Center Clinic