Work can be good for your mental health. If you have kidney disease and need dialysis, read our tips on how to cope at work.
There are many benefits to staying in employment, even when you need dialysis treatment. Staying in touch with colleagues, using your skills and making a valued contribution at the workplace is all part of living a full life.
As a first step, you should discuss your work commitments with your health care team. You may then need to adjust your hours or role in line with their recommendations, but in most cases, you’ll find employers are willing to help. Your doctor will give you a letter of support to show them.
Once you’re balancing work and dialysis, be sure to keep your manager informed of your condition as much as you can. You may find some days are tiresome; dialysis is time-consuming and can often leave you feeling flat.
To help, some things you can consider include:
To find out more about overcoming the daily challenges of kidney disease, download our living with kidney failure handbook.