While life on dialysis is an adjustment, you can still enjoy the things you love. Staying engaged with social activities, hobbies, travel and work is important – plus it can help boost personal satisfaction and help you retain a sense of normalcy in your life.
Benefits to being active & staying engaged
People who work, volunteer or stay involved in activities while on dialysis may have:
Working while on dialysis
Working full- or part-time can be an important part of creating a satisfying life. To help balance work with dialysis, talk to you work supervisor, as well as your doctor or nurse about scheduling treatments around your work obligations. As you make plans to continue working while on dialysis, get informed about the laws that protect your rights as a worker.
Pursue your interests – and some fun
To reap the benefits of staying active, consider getting involved with hobbies or groups that mean something to you. If you belonged to a social group or religious organization in the past, reach out and reconnect. Look into hobby groups like knitting, painting or dinner clubs in your area. Start a book club. Volunteer for a cause that’s important to you. Check out your local senior or community centers for classes or activities.