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Life Options Catalog of Materials

Patient Materials


Bridging the Barriers

(Booklet Summary)

Highlights of the complete Bridging the Barriers report are presented in this 16-page summary, which includes the rehabilitation timeline and a chart that outlines the roles played by each of the dialysis team members. Shortened versions of recommended action steps for each of the five core rehabilitation prin- ciples are also included.


Bridging the Barriers: For Patients and Their Families

This 44-page booklet defines renal rehabilitation

in terms that patients and families can understand. Several patient profiles highlight the reality of rehabilitation. The booklet also explains the “5 E’s,” or bridges to rehabilitation— Encouragement, Education, Exercise, Employment, and Evaluation—identified by the Life Options Rehabilitation Advisory Council (LORAC).


New Life, New Hope

This information-packed booklet about living with someone on dialysis was written especially for fami- lies and friends of ESRD patients. New Life, New Hope is full of answers to common questions and concerns, including

treatment choices, lifestyle changes, rehabilitation, who’s who on the dialysis team, and patient rights and responsibilities. There is also a glossary of frequently used renal terms.


A Guide for People on Dialysis

This 44-page booklet provides step-by-step instructions for starting and maintaining a sensible exercise program. Written by exercise physiologist and nationally-recognized expert Patricia Painter, PhD, this program focuses on building strength, endurance, and flexibility— three key areas for dialysis patients who want to stay active. Profiles and quotes

from dialysis patients who enjoy the benefits of regu- lar exercise are featured.


A Guide to Work, Insurance, and Finance

Revision available in July, 2003

This primer for patients and families provides basic information about work, insurance, and government regulations. Topics include employment and vocational rehabilitation; Medicare, Medicaid, and health insur- ance; disability programs, including SSDI and SSI; and federal legislation affecting dialysis patients. The book- let also includes a glossary of terms and a list of resources.


Keys to a Long L fe Teaching Tools (Reproducible)

This complete array of ready-to-copy teaching tools will help dialysis facility staff identify patients’ individual educational needs, develop learning plans, and provide basic information.

Patient Interest Checklists (4) These educational needs assessment tools will help facility staff to identify each patient’s learning needs and interests using the appropriate checklist for his or her phase: end- stage renal disease, starting dialysis, early dialysis, and long-term dialysis.

Goal-Setting Worksheet Using this step-by-step work- sheet, staff can help patients identify and work toward developing goals in any area, from reducing serum phospho- rus to spending more time with friends. Fact Sheets (12) Use these easy-to-read fact sheets to respond to patient questions about anemia, vascular access, hemodialysis adequacy, fluids, the dialysis machine, rehabilitation, depres- sion, exercise, how to talk to the healthcare team, restless legs syndrome, skin and hair problems, and traveling on dialysis. Resource lists and frequently-asked questions make these fact sheets both user-friendly and substantive.



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