What is Quality of Life?
Quality of life is perceived and defined differently by each one of us. A person’s quality of life may be defined, but is not limited to, their ability to work or go to school, engage in hobbies and activities they enjoy, spend time with family and friends, exercise, travel, etc. As you start and continue on dialysis, you may need to make changes to your lifestyle. Typically through the support of your family and friends along with the healthcare team, you can return to the quality of life you once had or create a new quality of life. It is also important to let your healthcare team know if you want a different dialysis time, or would like to learn more about the different dialysis modalities in order to make dialysis fit better into your life.
How do I maintain a good Quality of Life?
- Continue to do the things you enjoyed before you were on dialysis
- Incorporate dialysis into your life, rather than allow dialysis to take over your life.
- Look at dialysis as a part time job. It can help you adjust to the frequency and length of each treatment
- Take charge of your healthcare by being an active participant
- Learn about your disease and ask questions
- Make good choices with your diet and fluids
- Get enough dialysis by coming to all your treatments and staying your full time
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Talk to your friends, family, and healthcare team
- Take a trip
Additional Tips for Success
- Express your emotional state to your healthcare team
- Strive for normalization in daily routines
- Maintain relationships, this will facilitate mutual support and understanding
- Choose your mood. When you wake up in the morning, you determine your mindset
- Consider a positive outlook on the day and plan strategies for overcoming challenges
- Find purpose in daily life
- Maintain a renal diet to feel your best