In a year full of exceptional challengers, chronic kidney disease patients have needed to take vigilant care to protect themselves from COVID-19 while maintaining their dialysis treatment schedules. Our care team at the Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati have seen our patients overcome tremendous obstacles to preserve their health. If you’re wondering what to give the dialysis patient in your life this holiday season, look no further. Here are a few thoughtful gift ideas to make their day.
Tablet or e-reader
Home and in-center dialysis treatments take several hours a day, multiple days each week. Help CKD patients pass the time with a tablet or e-reader they can use during dialysis.
Books or magazine subscriptions
Many of our patients like to read the news, their favorite magazines, or books while undergoing treatment. Adult coloring books are another popular option to help them unwind and exercise their creativity.
CKD patients receiving dialysis in-center often report feeling cold during treatment. A soft, warm blanket, fingerless gloves, or thick winter socks can help them feel more comfortable during dialysis.
A dialysis-friendly diet requires kidney patients to cook most of their own meals. There are lots of renal diet cookbooks available that can help them add more variety to their usual meal rotation. Small appliances like slow cookers, blenders, and pressure cookers take some of the stress out of meal prep for days they’re less motivated to cook.
Body lotion makes a great gift for dialysis patients, as their limited fluid intake makes them prone to itchy, dry skin.
A comfortable pair of headphones makes watching shows or listening to audiobooks during dialysis treatment all the more enjoyable. Look for an adjustable pair that has soft, plush cushioning.
The Nephrology Associates of Greater Cincinnati hope all of our patients and community members have a healthy holiday season. Here’s to a brighter new year!