Community aims to improve quality of life of long-term residents and individuals in need of a short-term stay while receiving dialysis.
The Watermark at Logan Square will begin offering home hemodialysis in its Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center beginning this month. Home-based hemodialysis will allow qualifying long-term residents of the Center City retirement community to receive dialysis at The Watermark. It will also allow more individuals requiring dialysis the opportunity to move into the community for a short-term stay rather than remain hospitalized.
“This new program has far-reaching benefits, especially for our residents who are transported to a dialysis center multiple times weekly to receive treatments,” says Steven Stefanelli, associate executive director at The Watermark at Logan Square. “Offering residents dialysis at The Watermark improves quality of life by reducing stress and inconvenience. Residents can spend more time enjoying life with us.”
Total Renal Care Inc., a subsidiary of DaVita Inc., will provide staff-assisted home hemodialysis at The Watermark at Logan Square.
“As a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care is excited to offer DaVita patients at The Watermark at Logan Square a choice in dialysis modality that will afford them more accessibility to their community,” says Division Vice President Chris Marchese.
Residents of The Watermark at Logan Square who qualify for this new hemodialysis program will avoid disruptions in any therapy they regularly receive and achieve even greater consistency in their skilled nursing care, which in turn allows them to take greater advantage of the amenities The Watermark at Logan Square offers all residents, including meals, special events, clubs and classes. While residents of The Watermark at Logan Square have the right to choose their dialysis provider, use of the program is limited to DaVita patients who are long-term care residents at The Watermark at Logan Square and is not presently open to those residents in Independent Living and Personal Care apartments.
This new program also means that The Watermark at Logan Square can accept qualifying short-term residents in need of dialysis into its Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center. Short-term residents must be accepted into the program by DaVita and also accepted by The Watermark at Logan Square to receive short-term care in one of 109 dually licensed beds reserved for skilled nursing and long-term care residents only.
The coordination agreement with Total Renal Care Inc. to provide staff-assisted home hemodialysis also includes end stage renal disease (ESRD) support and training via Total Renal Care’s ESRD staff to clinical staff members at The Watermark at Logan Square, as well as to individuals and their caregivers who choose to participate in this program. Such support is designed to help further understanding about the dialysis process and how it impacts a patient’s care. It will pave the way for short-term residents to return to their permanent homes to continue receiving home hemodialysis.
“We anticipate our new program providing a much-needed service in the city of Philadelphia, where patients are remaining in the hospital mainly to receive dialysis,” says Jennifer Tapner, executive director of The Watermark at Logan Square. “These patients are often not ready to return home, yet they do not necessarily need to remain in the hospital. Now, they can come to The Watermark and enjoy the services, amenities and lifestyle short-term residents enjoy, while receiving therapy, rehabilitation and other services to help prepare them to return home.”
According to Tapner, The Watermark at Logan Square’s new program also may provide a model for similar programs to create more space for dialysis recipients, especially as instances of kidney disease increase and the country’s population ages.
Home hemodialysis begins at The Watermark at Logan Square in May 2019. All patients who choose to receive their dialysis treatment through the program must qualify to participate based on established criteria and must receive a referral from an attending physician. To learn more, contact Stefanelli at 215-563-1800, ext. 9436.
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