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Frequently Asked Questions: Dialysis

FAQ: Can I be on hospice and still continue with dialysis treatments?

Continuing dialysis and considering hospice can create a confusing and difficult dilemma.  The philosophy of Grane Hospice is to focus on comfort, pain-free care to patients faced with a terminal illness.  If your diagnosis is kidney failure or something related, such as congestive heart failure, and you are choosing to continue dialysis it may not be quite the right time for hospice.  No matter what the diagnosis, deciding to stop dialysis or even start dialysis is a very difficult decision.  And there is no right or wrong answer.  Your medical professionals and the Grane Hospice Team can help provide you with answers to questions that will help you and your loved ones make the decision that is best for you.  Below are some well-written webpages that are designed to help guide your decision about dialysis. 

Making the Decision to Stop Dialysis:  https://www.verywellhealth.com/making-the-decision-to-stop-dialysis-1132313

Dialysis: Deciding to Stop: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/dialysisstop

Dialysis and Dementia: Four Very Different Conversations: https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/252-dialysis-and-dementia-four-very-different-conversations



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