National Kidney Foundation Offers Long Term Care Checklist

New York, NY
August 13, 2007

Finding a long-term care residence for a loved one can be a daunting task, especially for those whose family members are on dialysis. To help families select the choice that is right for them, the National Kidney Foundation has developed the People Like Us: Long-term Care Residence Chronic Kidney Disease Checklist.

The checklist offers guidance and helps families identify important questions to ask when visiting facilities for potential placement. The checklist covers critical topics, including staff training, dialysis diet and meals, communication, transportation and equipment.

“Placing a loved one in a long-term care residence is stressful under the best of circumstances,” says Laura Weber, “a Patient Family Council Executive Committee member. The NKFs new Long-term Care Residence Chronic Kidney Disease Checklist is an excellent resource to help families select the facility best equipped to care for the special needs of CKD patients. This tool will help guide family members through the process in an objective manner and ultimately ensure the best placement for loved ones.”

The checklist can be downloaded at www.ltckidneychecklist.org.