Caregiver Resources & Tips

NKF understands that caregiving for family members can be both challenging and rewarding. We seek to provide support to caregivers in their caregiving journey.

Here are some resources that may assist you in this special role:

Catering and eating out with a dialysis family member / friend

Tucking into catered food and eating out can be both an enjoyable and healthy social activity for dialysis patients, their family and friends, as long as careful planning and smart meal choices that are low in sodium, potassium and phosphorus are made.

Click here for further information on the list of items to take note of and menu ideas before catering meals for your dialysis friends / loved ones.

Cooking for dialysis family member / friend

Limiting potassium, phosphorus, sugar, sodium and fluids intake are often recommended for people with kidney failure.

Download this guidebook here to find a range of renal friendly recipes such as claypot chicken rice, pizza, frittata and more, that are suitable for everyone, including dialysis patients.

Gift suggestions for dialysis patients

Wondering what to buy for your friends or relatives on dialysis during special occasions (e.g. birthdays, festive celebrations, gatherings, etc.)?

Be worry-free! Even though dialysis patients need to control their diet and fluid intake, there are many gifts that are beneficial for them.

An antioxidant-booster fruit basket containing low or moderate potassium fruits such as apples, dragon fruit, pears, guavas, oranges, pineapples, and plums is a great gift idea. Birds nest, sea cucumber, and abalone also provide a good source of protein and are low in potassium and phosphate.

Click here to learn more and other gift suggestions that are beneficial for dialysis patients

Experiencing caregiving burnout

If you are experiencing caregiving stress about fulfilling your other day-to-day obligations while caring for your loved one or friend, you are not alone! Our team of medical social workers can be approached for assessment and referral to appropriate support in the community as required.

Please contact us at

Other recommended tips and suggestions

Caregiver burnout can be relieved by:

  • Seeking support from family & friends
  • Attending to one’s own needs
  • Getting adequate sleep & exercise
  • Organising caregiving responsibilities, medication and schedules
  • Seeking help from healthcare professionals in terms of seeking support groups and gaining referral to help
    channels if needed

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The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) strives to be an advocate and integrator for kidney health and holistic care for the community by the community. While supporting kidney failure patients with quality dialysis treatment and integrated care, its greater mission lies in preventing or delaying kidney failure through kidney health education with deeper integration into the community and strategic collaborative partnerships.
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