Palliative Care

Palliative Care With Chronic Renal Illnesses

chronic renal illness

What is Chronic renal illness?

A condition in which the kidneys are damaged and unable to filter blood as effectively as they should.

As a result, extra fluid and waste from the circulation linger in the body, potentially leading to various health issues such as heart disease and stroke.

It might induce high blood pressure and inflammation because of fluid retention.


  • High blood pressure or Hypertension – Excess fluid and sodium buildup caused by renal dysfunction might induce high blood pressure. High blood pressure can also damage the blood arteries in the kidneys, causing kidney disease to worsen over time.
  • Anemia – Abnormal renal function can produce an accumulation of toxins in the blood, causing fatigue or a lack of energy.
  • Edema, or swollen feet, hands, and ankles – Swelling in your feet or other lower extremities can develop when your kidneys fail to remove extra fluid and salt from your body.
  • Bloody urine (in some cases) – Healthy kidneys aid in the filtration of blood to produce urine.
  • Shortness of breath – When your kidneys do not remove enough fluid from your body, extra fluid can accumulate in your lungs, causing you to feel short of breath.
  • A loss of appetite – Toxin accumulation caused by decreased kidney function may cause you to lose your appetite, whether because you are full or because you are too unwell or sleepy to eat.
  • Itching – Dry and itchy skin might indicate a mineral and nutritional imbalance in your blood caused by renal illness.
  • Puffiness around eyes – Protein leaking into your urine as a result of kidney failure may produce chronic puffiness around the eyes, an early warning sign of kidney disease.
  • More frequent urination, especially at night.
  • Urine discharge has been reduced.
  • When the illness is severe, mental alertness is reduced.


  • High blood pressure – High blood pressure can increase the chance of a heart attack, stroke, and eyesight loss, as well as damage to the kidneys.
  • Diabetes – Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic renal disease worldwide. Diabetes develops when your blood sugar level is abnormally high.
  • Glomerulonephritis – Glomerulonephritis can cause damage to the small filters found within your kidneys. It is frequently the result of your immune system attacking healthy bodily tissue.
  • Interstitial nephritis – Interstitial nephritis is a renal condition where the gaps between the kidney tubules swell. Which can be caused by an allergic reaction to a medication.
  • Polycystic kidney disease – Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic disease that is characterized by the formation of many fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys.
  • Obstructive uropathy – Obstructive uropathy is a urinary tract disorder caused by blocked urinary flow that might be structural or functional.
  • Vesicoureteral reflux- An irregular flow of urine from your bladder up the tubes (ureters) that link your kidneys to your bladder.
  • Pyelonephritis – Pyelonephritis is a bacterial infection that can cause inflammation in the kidney.


Chronic kidney disease is rarely avoided, but there are actions you may do to lower your chances of developing the illness.

  • Quitting smoke may lower the risk of Chronic kidney disease.
  • A healthy, balanced diet helps lower your risk of kidney disease by maintaining good blood pressure and cholesterol level.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption can raise your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to harmful levels.
  • Frequent physical activity should help lower your blood pressure and minimize your chances of getting a renal disease.
  • Kidney disease can be induced by using too many non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen or consuming them for too long.

How palliative care helps

Palliative care is professional medical care for those especially seniors who suffer from life-threatening illnesses such as cancer or heart failure.

They focus on the quality of life than medical specifications. Encourages elders to have an active lifestyle and accept death as a natural process.

Chronic renal illness for senior adults requires integration of renal supportive care like palliative care. The critically sick patient who still on maintenance dialysis, but the treatment goals are focused on improving quality of life.

The same goes for dementia as well, Senior adults with severe dementia have complicated healthcare demands, so community palliative care provides therapies that allow symptom alleviation and comfort to be beneficial.

Visit Athulya Assisted Living for Palliative care

Athulya Assisted Living has professional doctors, skilled nursing care, and well-trained nursing assistants.

They offer a wide range of medical care services to the senior adults in their facility, keeping a complete record of seniors medical history and health to ensure their well-being.

Every day at Athulya is thoughtfully planned to present our residents with unique experiences. To know more about Athulya Assisted Living


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