Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, renal patients now have access to new tuck-away belts that comfortably and safely house the patient’s catheter, keep it clean between uses, and hold it in the appropriate position on the abdomen. Over 100 belts have been purchased to provide to patients who can’t afford them. As well, aging hemodialysis machines are replaced annually through grants from the Health Sciences Foundation.
The most important thing to remember is that patients and family members are an important part of the care team. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can can partner with you to create a care plan and recommendations to help you manage your disease. However, deciding to follow that care plan is up to you. We understand that facing kidney disease is difficult. That’s why we provide you with the medical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and other supports to assist you along the way.
Here are a few ways you can stay involved in your own care: