Care-givers can accompany their loved one to medical-team appointments and take notes of the conversation. However, the patient should carry out the instructions whenever possible, without constant reminders.

People have to want to take care of themselves. Others cannot force them to make the right choices, nor can they do it for them. To try usually leads to friction and stress. People with CKD can let their needs be known, but if a caregiver, spouse, child or parent feels that their loved one is becoming too dependent, encourage him/her to increasingly take on more responsibility. It is the best thing for their state of well-being and overall health.

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