When Interior Designer Jane C. McClure and I wrote Arranging Your Life When Dialysis Comes Home: The Underwear Factor, we could envision broadening our scope to other issues in addition to kidney disease.
|The NxStage Machine (upper left) was nearly swallowed up by|
boxes of supplies, and those ubiquitous blue underpads changed the ambience!
But just as when we welcome a new baby into a home, planning helps! Why don't we have Dialysis Showers?
Thus far, Jane and I have adapted our concepts to provide:
- Hemo and/or Peritoneal Dialysis for Steve in 5 different living spaces
- A functional "dorm" environment for Steve and me when Steve was completely disabled before he died in April 2011
- A welcoming bedroom for a couple after one of them developed a terminal brain tumor
- A move to Assisted Living for my 95-year-old Mom, using the furniture and furnishings from her home of 50 years.
Now, granted, it's been a mixed blessing to have provided the "lab" for many of these experiences. But Jane and I have gathered hundreds of tricks from our combined medical and design experience.
We welcome opportunities to speak to groups - particularly the Dialysis Community, and other health care providers - about bringing health care home. We are also pleased to provide consultation to those on the front lines of home care.
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Linda Gromko, MD