Shared Care

Shared Care

Patients throughout Scarborough and beyond are learning new medical tasks and taking an active lead in their dialysis treatment with Shared Care at Scarborough Health Network (SHN), a first-in-Canada dialysis care philosophy.

Shared Care is a care philosophy that works in partnership with the care team and the patient to help manage their chronic kidney disease. It encourages patients to be active participants in their care, promoting a more positive outlook towards their disease.

Adopted from the Shared Hemodialysis Care initiative in the United Kingdom, Shared Care encourages patients and families to take an active role in their treatment, by learning to master certain tasks involved in their dialysis care (such as taking their own blood pressure). The active role enables patients to learn more about their CKD and follow their own path to suit their needs, making them feel safe and comfortable to engage in elements of their care.

Shared Care Tasks

Patients can take an active role in their care by learning the following tasks as part of Shared Care

  • Hand Hygiene
  • Conducting their Observations (Blood Pressure/Weight/Temperature)
  • Understanding Laboratory Results/Diet Management
  • Managing their symptoms
  • Medication administration/Management
  • Managing their access
  • Preparing their pack/supplies for dialysis
  • Lining their machine (Machine Set-up)
  • Priming their machine
  • Programming their machine
  • Starting my dialysis treatment
  • Self-Care during dialysis
  • Discontinuing their dialysis
  • Complete after-care of machine (stripping of machine)

To download the Shared Care in hemodialysis brochure, click here.

To download the Shared Care in Kidney Disease brochure, click here.