About The DPC Education Center

The Center is dedicated to improving kidney patients’ quality of life and reducing the occurrence of ESRD through education and by developing awareness of dialysis and kidney disease issues, improving the partnership between patients and caregivers, and developing favorable public policy solutions.

Kidney Disease Patients Face Unique Challenges in Health Care Communities

Chronic kidney disease patients living in health care communities, such as nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, face unique challenges related to maintaining a renal-specific diet. A recent article in the Journal of Renal Nutrition, suggests the controlled meal environment may have a more negative effect on residents nutritional status than a positive one. “When initially considered, the average person may be quick to conclude that diets are better managed in health care communities than at home,” writes Julie Hulsebus-Colvin, MBA, RD,CDN.