I recently volunteered at a local brand new Dialysis Center in Graham, WA. One of the things I've been tasked with is to "entertain" dialysis patients. I plan on setting up a small library with magazines, books and playing cards, etc.
What do you like to do while on dialysis. Sleep? Read? Play Games? Chat? Any ideas, thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Do you have any kidney related crosswords or trivia games to share?
Thanks in advance for any help!
One man on hemo dialysis in my unit actually picked up the hobby of knitting and actually made me a scarff
which I still have and treasure. It is the perfect time to learn new things so maybe instruction booklets on knitting and other crafts. Not everyone has fistulas and people with buttonholes in their fistulas do have more mobility. Also people who can only move one arm or only have one arm must be taken into consideration. If there is computer access there are some games that can be played easily with one hand like Solitaire or Bedazzled / Bejeweled.
Also just books, magazines especially, but I have found them hard to turn the pages for me. But crossword puzzles are great!
Also internet access provides people on dialysis with a way to chat on forums or chat online in chatrooms meant for kidney patients so they don't have to go to public chats which are usually spammed by perverts.
I would get bored in my unit and would talk to the lady across from me but she was hard of hearing so I would tell her to ask for the phone (there were 2 for people on the machines) and I would ask for one and then dial her phone (someone taught me how to do that even though we were not supposed to know how). Maybe walkie talkies?? Just brain storming here. Never said they were good ideas I had lol.