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Advanced Progression

Advanced Progression

Improve Your Comfort and Care

As symptoms related to chronic kidney disease (CKD) progress, it becomes more important to do all you can to protect kidney health. Find out what you can do to live more comfortably with help from expert advice.

When Kidney Function Gets Worse


Late-Stage Kidney Disease

Stage 4 or stage 5 of chronic kidney disease means the kidneys are losing more of their function. Get helpful information on how to manage late-stage kidney disease.

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End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD)

When kidney function declines too much, different health choices need to be made. Learn what happens during ESKD so you can manage your symptoms and find the right treatment.

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Treatment Options for Kidney Failure

Know Your Options

There are many options available when treating kidney failure. From home dialysis to kidney transplant, understanding all of your options is important. Find the best treatment that matches your needs and lifestyle.

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Home Dialysis

Home dialysis comes in two different forms, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. Both options offer freedom and flexibility by doing treatment in the comfort of your home.

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In-Center Hemodialysis

Dialysis centers provide hemodialysis treatments by trained professionals. Many people choose in-center dialysis for the peace of mind of a clinic setting. 

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Skilled Nursing Facility

If living in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, residents may be able to receive onsite dialysis instead of travelling to a center for treatment.

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Kidney Transplant

A transplant can be an ideal treatment option for those eligible. After a successful transplant, people do not have to perform dialysis for many years.

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Get Relief. Get Comfort. Get Kidney Smart®.

You and your loved ones will get the key information on how to best manage late-stage CKD. Kidney Smart is a no-cost kidney education class delivered by kidney experts. You’ll learn kidney basics, nutrition tips, and all about treatment choices from a kidney care expert.

What’s your biggest concern about managing your kidney complications?


Plan Your Next Steps

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Dialysis in the Comfort of Your Home

Many people choose dialysis treatments at home. This gives them the flexibility to schedule around work, family, and life. Explore this option to understand all the benefits and considerations.

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Benefits of a Kidney Transplant

A kidney transplant is considered the gold standard when replacing your kidney function. There are so many benefits, including a longer and more flexible life. Learn about all the potential benefits to talk about with your doctor.

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Advice for People with Kidney Disease

A nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in kidney care. Here is some expert advice from nephrologists that can help you manage advanced CKD along with five things to discuss with your doctor.

Stay Informed



How to Stay Employed

A job provides many resources and benefits. It’s important to think about how managing your kidney health can affect your work life. Learn ways to talk with your employer about your kidney health to continue working while undergoing treatment for ESKD.

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Employment and Insurance Rights

Lots of things are possible when living with CKD. Learn about your options and rights when it comes to employment and insurance.

Know Your Rights
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Sick Days and Diabetes

Living with diabetes can make you more susceptible to illness. Follow a plan to make the most out of your sick days. This can help you maximize your recovery and stay on top of your kidney health.

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Understanding Kidney Transplants

Kidney transplant could be the best treatment option for you. It provides the best quality of life for many people with ESKD. Learn all about kidney transplants and check with your doctor to see if it’s something you should consider.

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Health Insurance and Diabetes

Learn what to look for in health insurance plans and find the options that best suit your needs to help you manage advanced CKD.

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How to Choose a Kidney Doctor

A nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in kidney health. Discover what to look for to get the support and comfort you need.

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Diabetes and Kidney Friendly Meal Planner

Use this placemat as your action plan for diabetes and kidney friendly meals. This Meal Planning Guide was developed for individuals who are not on dialysis.

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Dialysis Success

Your loved ones and support team make all the difference when managing your kidney health. Learn from others, like Chris, who share your experiences and find what you need to continue living life on your own terms.

Local Dialysis

If home dialysis isn't an option for you, this tool from Davita can help you find a dialysis center near you.

Local Support

Get the resources you need to manage your kidney health. Use the social care network from findhelp to get help and connect with professionals in areas of health care, nutrition, mental health, transportation, and so much more.

Diabetes-Related Infographics

Find helpful infographics to educate yourself or your patients.

Diabetes-Related Chronic Kidney Disease

Check out the latest infographic for people living with diabetes. This provides a visual guide of risk factors for developing CKD and how health care professional diagnose CKD. It also offers tips to prevent and manage CKD.

Diabetic Kidney Disease Infographic

Calling all clinicians. Use this infographic for a visual guide of ADA’s guidelines on screening and monitoring of diabetic kidney disease, as well as classification of chronic kidney disease.