Besides leaving the house for dialysis care,
home is the safest place.

Stay at home when you’re not at your Satellite Healthcare/WellBound center, except for essential medical appointments and important errands.

Shopping for Food. If possible, use grocery delivery services or ask someone to shop for you and leave the bags at the door. If you must go yourself, check the store for special hours reserved for those 60 years or older. Try to shop for at least a week’s worth of food at a time.

Wash your hands many times a day with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, wear a mask, and maintain a physical distance from people you don’t live with. These are the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of COVID-19.

Take your medications as prescribed.

Follow your dialysis eating and drinking plan. Call your dietitian if you have any questions.

Extra Groceries

Stock up on these basics to avoid extra trips to the store. Try grocery delivery or ask a friend to help so you don’t have to go out in public.

Here’s a list of groceries to have at home to avoid getting sick if an outbreak happens in your area. Try grocery delivery so you don’t have to go out in public. For easy reference within your home, click here and print the grocery list.

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Be Prepared at Home with an Extra Supply of Food

Canned fruits
(1/2 cup serving, limit to 2-3 servings per day)
• Applesauce
• Fruit cocktail, peaches, or pears
• Pineapple or mandarin oranges

Low-sodium proteins
(1/2 cup serving, limit to 2-3 servings per day)
• Canned tuna, salmon, turkey or chicken
• Shelf-stable tofu
• No-salt added canned beans (1/4 cup serving)

Juices
(limit ½ cup per day)
• Cranberry, apple, or grape
• Lemonade, limeade, or fruit punch
• Shelf-stable milk or milk alternative

Fats
(1 teaspoon serving, 6 or more servings per day)
• Unsalted butter or margarine
• Olive oil, canola oil, or mayonnaise

Sweets
• Animal crackers or vanilla wafers
• Hard candies or jellybeans
• Honey, jam, jelly, or sugar

Canned vegetables with no salt added
(1/2 cup serving, limit to 2-3 servings per day)
• Green beans, corn, or mixed vegetables
• Bamboo shoots or water chestnuts

Grains
(limit 2-4 servings per day)
• White or sourdough bread
• Rice, corn, or oat cereal (1 cup serving)
• Cream of rice or wheat; oats; grits (1/2 cup serving)
• Pasta or rice (1/2 cup serving)
• Unsalted crackers

Tips for Ordering Take-out Meals

Many restaurants are now closed to enforce social distancing, but take-out for your kidney diet is still available from many eateries. Start by knowing your diet well and asking your dietitian for any tips or advice. If you have sodium, potassium, phosphorus, or protein restrictions, this information will help you make good decisions based on your specific dietary needs.


Plan ahead

Choose a restaurant where it will be easiest to select foods best suited for your diet. Restaurants where food is made to order are the best choice.


Making your selections

Look over the menu carefully. Ask for more details about items you do not know about. When you place your order explain that you are following a special diet. Make special requests about the way your food is prepared as follows:


Entrées:

• Portions served in restaurants may be much larger than what you eat at home. When ordering take-out, estimate an amount close to what you normally have. (3 ounces of cooked meat, fish, or poultry is about the size of a deck of cards). Plan to have leftovers or split the meal with another person.
• Grilled items are good choices.
• Request that salt not be added when cooking.
• Request that gravies or sauces be served in a separate container.
• Avoid mixed dishes or casseroles. They are usually higher in sodium and phosphorus.
• Remove the skin from poultry and any crusts from fried foods to decrease sodium content.
• It is best NOT to add steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, or hot sauce because of the high sodium content.
• Lemon or lime juice and vinegar make good sauces and will bring out a lot of the natural flavor of foods. Black pepper will add zest to the food without making you thirsty.


Side dishes:

• If you need to restrict potassium, choose starches and vegetables that are lower in potassium, such as rice, noodles and green beans.
• If your meal does not include a good choice for your diet, request a substitute.
• Ask that sauces be omitted or served in a separate container.


When the delivery arrives:

Ask the delivery person to leave the bag outside your door or be sure to keep your distance from them, especially if you need to pay them directly. If you have to pay them directly, consider wearing gloves. You can also wipe down the bag with a disinfectant wipe. Make sure food is well heated and reconsider the use of uncooked foods that aren’t prepackaged. Of course, wash your hands before eating. Other tips on Safe Food Handling can be found at the FDA website.