ADPKD for Caregivers

ADPKD AFFECTS THE ENTIRE FAMILY. IT’S ALSO A DISEASE FAMILIES SHOULD FACE TOGETHER.

Caring for someone with ADPKD

Because ADPKD runs in families, you may already be caring for someone going through dialysis or facing the possibility of a kidney transplant. Here are some ways to consider helping a loved one with ADPKD:

Drive to dialysis appointments: It’s nice to know someone else cares about your well being. Having to worry about driving a car, sitting in traffic, and finding a parking spot can add unwanted stress. Being there for your loved one can help him or her focus on getting the most out of treatment.

Make kidney-friendly meals: Certain foods may make kidney disease worse, so choose foods with low sodium and low protein. Having a healthy diet can help protect the kidneys and manage symptoms.

Volunteer to do chores: Dialysis can take up a lot of time and get in the way of doing everyday chores. Volunteering to do simple tasks like picking up groceries or doing laundry can be a big help.

Your doctors can give you advice on managing symptoms and even help you take a more active role in your treatments.