If you or your patients are traveling a long way for in-center dialysis or home dialysis supplies, consider one of the many new facilities that have opened recently in the Network. The nineteen new dialysis facilities opened since December 2012 are listed below. Facilities that offer home dialysis (PD = Home Peritoneal Dialysis, HHD = Home Hemodialysis, HFD = Home Frequent Dialysis) are indicated…
- Magic Valley (Twin Falls) – PD
- Maywood Park (Portland Airport)
- Milton-Freewater – PD
- Florence – PD
- The Dalles
- Downtown Grants Pass
- Northeast Salem
- Noble Woods (Hillsboro)
- Scholls Ferry (Tigard)
- Hilltop (Oregon City)
- Portland Gateway (Rocky Butte)
- Enumclaw – PD, HHD
- East Tacoma
- Tacoma Mall – PD, HHD, HFD
- West Kennewick
- Anacortes – PD, HHD, HFD
Ride Connection is a nonprofit transportation provider in the Portland area. They are researching transportation challenges for dialysis patients, guided by an advisory committee of patients, caregivers, and transportation providers. The research will help Ride Connection understand the key issues around transportation for dialysis patients and help determine changes in their policies, with the goal of increasing patient comfort while maximizing efficiency and resources.
They are looking for dialysis patients to complete a brief survey about transportation needs and challenges. The questions cover patients’ experience with transportation and also their experience with dialysis treatment, including complications related to transportation. They are also looking for caregivers to complete a similar survey about the transportation needs and challenges they have seen patients facing, in addition to their own experience with transportation.
The patient survey, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YHF9NPZ, takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. The caregiver survey, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dialysiscaregiver, also takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Find out more about the project and about Ride Connection at http://www.rideconnection.org/Ride/AboutUs.aspx.
Ride Connection is a Portland non-profit organization that works with community partners to coordinate transportation options for older adults and people with disabilities in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties with customer-focused, safe, reliable transportation options. They are organizing a research project to brainstorm and pilot-test innovative approaches to the unique characteristics of transportation to and from dialysis. Patients, family, and caregivers are invited to participate in the project in any of several capacities – an advisory board, a focus group, a workshop, a survey, and/or just receiving progress reports. If you don’t live in the Portland region, you can still sign up to receive progress reports, for ideas about possible future improvements in your own area. For details see http://www.rideconnection.org/ride/AboutUs/DialysisResearch.aspx.