Being on dialysis does not mean you’re trapped. As new treatment facilities pop up across the globe and dialysis equipment becomes more portable, the travel opportunities for people with kidney disease has grown.
There are some limitations based on insurance coverage, which vary by patient, but most of our patients are able to travel, even on a regular basis, and receive treatments at their destination.
We also gladly welcome visitors from across the U.S. to our dialysis centers here in the greater Puget Sound region.
Your travel options
If you’re traveling outside your local area, it’s important to maintain your dialysis schedule just as you would at home. You have two main treatment options:
1. Arrange dialysis in a center at your destination.
If you typically visit a center for your dialysis treatments, visiting a dialysis center at your destination will likely be the best way for you to dialyze while traveling. Visitor dialysis is also a good option for peritoneal and home hemodialysis patients who don’t want to coordinate packing or shipping their dialysis machine, dialysis fluid and other supplies.
The number of dialysis centers around the world continues to grow, and it’s never been easier to find a quality treatment facility that welcomes to visitors. Certain destinations, including Los Angeles and Hawaii, have centers dedicated solely to visitors.
As a patient of Puget Sound Kidney Centers, we will help you coordinate any business travel or vacation plans you have. You can also use the following online search tools to find a dialysis center at your destination:
- Medicare dialysis center search tool (U.S. only)
- Global Dialysis center search tool (International)
2. Take your portable dialysis machine with you.
If you currently do hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis at home, then it’s possible to pack your equipment and take it with you to your destination. Since you aren’t tied to as rigid a schedule as in-center dialysis patients, you’re free to dialyze whenever and wherever in the world you wish to go, as long as you’re able to make the necessary arrangements.