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The Little Book About Kidneys: A Guide for Children About Kidney Disease and Treatment

The Little Book About Kidneys by Victoria Hanson and illustrated by Jenny Tulip, will help you talk to young children about your kidneys and the treatments you may experience. It is intended to support you in explaining your kidney failure to children. 

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Dialysis Center Five-Star Rating System FAQs

These FAQs should shed light on the Five-Star Rating System. We hope this transparency empowers patients to make the best decisions for their health.

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AKF Beat the Heat

When you are on dialysis, fluid (water) builds up in you blood between treatments. Here's some helpful info on fluid management.

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AKF Kidney Friendly Diet

Dialysis helps to do some of the work that your kidneys did when they were healthy. But dialysis does not work as well as healthy kidneys, and it cannot do everything that healthy kidneys do. If you have kidney failure/ESRD, you must monitor the amounts of fluid and certain nutrients you take in each day. This can help keep waste and fluid from building up in your blood and causing problems.

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Dialysis Facility Compare

This site helps you find and compare Medicare-certified dialysis facilities. You can see how each facility compares to others based on star ratings, services offered, and quality of care.  This tool is especially helpful if you are on vacation and need to find a temporary facility.

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Navigating Your ESRD Journey

Navigating Your ESRD Journey provides information that kidney patients have provided to help other kidney patients be an active member of their care team and make the best choices for their life journey with ESRD.

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Life Options Fact Sheets

These easy-to-read 2-page fact sheets about anemia, vascular access, hemodialysis adequacy, fluids, dialysis equipment, rehabilitation, and more are available in both English and Spanish. Resource lists and frequently-asked questions make these fact sheets both user-friendly and substantive.

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Social Security - Understanding the Benefits

The Social Security Administration wants you to understand what Social Security can mean to you
and your family's financial future. This publication, Understanding The Benefits, explains the basics of the
Social Security retirement, disability, and survivors insurance programs.

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Medicare.gov

The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare, family members, and caregivers. Includes the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.

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Kidney School

Kidney School is a comprehensive online learning center for people with kidney disease and those that care for them. It includes learning modules, audio books, and free postcards

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Health Education in Multiple Languages

Use these links to find health information in languages other than English. You can also browse information by health topic.

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