Treatment Without Dialysis
Dialysis is the standard treatment to sustain the lives of people with kidney failure. However, if you feel you would be better off without dialysis, we can and will support you.
Palliative care, or supportive care, is specialized medical treatment focused on minimizing pain, symptoms and stress. It also involves helping with the emotional, spiritual and psychological sides of disease.
You could live a few days to several weeks, depending on how much kidney function you have, your overall medical condition and what you eat and drink.
As waste and fluid build up inside your body, any pain you feel can be treated to keep you comfortable. After some time, you will become unconscious. Death is usually peaceful and painless.
Many religions teach that people have the right to stop medical treatment if it is not helping or is too troublesome. If you have concerns, speak to your religious advisor.
Hospice organizations provide care at the end of life to help make sure you are comfortable and have the care that you need. Not only will hospice staff members support you, they will help support your family as well. Speak to your doctor and your Northwest Kidney Centers social worker for more information.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, cover hospice care.