(Cherry Hill, October 2013) Alaris Health at Cherry Hill is one of the only nursing and rehabilitation centers in New Jersey to offer a unique Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) program for their patients requiring dialysis. When the patient is not able to continue his or her own treatment due to recent hospitalization, the staff-assisted PD treatment is offered as a continuation of this home modality.
For patients with kidney failure, the need for dialysis can be life-altering and time consuming. Many patients choose to have PD, a dialysis treatment performed at home during the night, instead of having hemodialysis in a hospital or outpatient clinic several times a week. If a PD patient develops an illness or has an injury that requires hospitalization, the in-home treatment is frequently interrupted, and the patient has to be switched to hemodialysis, which is a significant change. Now, at Alaris Health at Cherry Hill, patients who are recovering from a hospitalization can continue to receive PD as they recuperate from their condition.
“We provide continuity of this type of dialysis in an environment of rehabilitation in a post-acute care setting,” says Mario Torres, MD, Medical Director for PD at Alaris Health at Cherry Hill. “Normally PD patients in a nursing and rehabilitation center would have to switch to hemodialysis or leave the center very early in the morning to travel to a PD site. Now our patients can receive PD on-site from specially trained staff.”
Besides helping patients who previously received PD, the staff at the center can help the newly diagnosed patients to begin PD treatment while at Alaris Health at Cherry Hill. The staff, in conjunction with PD providers, can assist even patients with limited mobility and show them the correct procedures for PD at home.
“In addition to our on-site Hemodialysis Center, we have PD-trained staff and a specified area at our facility to focus just on the treatment of these patients,” says Ken Keegan, Administrator at Alaris Health at Cherry Hill.
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