Patient Health Resources
At Southside Kidney Specialists, we believe that patient education is an important step in understanding your health condition and making the most informed choices about your treatment options.
To help with that education process, we’ve collected a group of helpful resources for educating yourself and your family members.
Glossary of Kidney Conditions and Terms
When you’re first learning about your diagnosis, it can feel like there is a lot to learn! Getting familiar with the terminology can be frustrating if you don’t know where to look.
Here are several glossaries that provide an easy-to-read overview of kidney conditions and terms.
- “The Kidney Failure Glossary” (PDF), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- Kidney School (Interactive Website), Medical Education Institute
- Kidney Glossary (Interactive Website), Kidney Health Australia
- Patient Education Materials
For more information about dealing with a kidney condition, consider reviewing these supportive websites and organizations:
- The National Kidney Foundation
- A United States organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease for healthcare professionals, patients, and their families.
- The National Kidney Disease Education Program
- A government organization dedicated to improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Government legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.
- The federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide.
- End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Networks
- A public network that ensures appropriate care for patients who receive treatment through dialysis clinics and kidney transplant centers certified by Medicare.
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- United States law that entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage.
- Office of Disability Employment Policy
- A toolkit with valuable resources for kidney disease patients returning to work.
- Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program
- A free, voluntary program that allows Social Security beneficiaries go to work while they keep their health coverage.
- S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Government agency responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.
- Family Caregivers Online
- An educational and informational resource for anyone who helps an older spouse, parent, relative, friend, or neighbor.
- Lotsa Helping Hands
- A simple, immediate way for friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to assist loved ones in need with an easy-to-use, private group online calendar.
- National Center on Caregiving: Family Caregiver Alliance
- A public voice for caregivers offering assistance and support through education services and research and valuable resources.
- National Family Caregivers Association
- An association that supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for over 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one.