Choosing the right treatment method – exploring home options

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EST)

Speakers: Mikie Cooke, MSW, ACSW, PATHfinder™, Erick Smith, PATHfinder™,

Topics: Kidney Failure CKD Dialysis

Kidney patients have choices when it comes to their dialysis treatment. Each treatment type is unique, and all patients should have a basic understanding of their options in order to choose a treatment type that will offer them the best quality of life.

Choosing a treatment type is something not only new patients may experience, but also those who are currently on dialysis and open to trying a different treatment type.

The goal of this webinar is to discuss all treatment options with a focus on peritoneal and home hemodialysis; two treatment options that are much less common in the United States compared to other developed countries. At the end of this webinar, attendees should be more familiar with home treatment options and what a patient should consider when identifying a treatment option that best fits their lifestyle.

The webinar will cover:

  1. The importance of goal setting when choosing a dialysis treatment option.
  2. Hemodialysis, including home hemodialysis, and why someone should consider choosing it.
  3. Peritoneal dialysis and why someone should consider choosing it.

Speakers

Mikie Cooke, MSW, ACSW, PATHfinder™

Mikie Cooke is a Social Worker with expertise in working with patients with kidney disease.  She has more than 15 years of experience working as a Renal Social Worker. She earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento and her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of California, Davis. She currently works as a PATHfinder for Satellite Healthcare.

In her role as a PATHfinder, Mikie provides treatment options education to CKD patients, and assists them to navigate their way throughout their dialysis journey. She facilitates weekly dialysis options education group classes and educates patients one on one. Mikie also provides treatment options education in services to healthcare workers in the dialysis centers. She has specialized training in dialysis treatment options and CKD, which enables her to assist patients with the decision making process. She is compassionate and continues to give hope to patients beginning the path to dialysis.

Mikie served as the East Bay/Southern California Territory Lead Social Worker for Satellite Healthcare. She is currently a member of the Satellite Employee Advisory Team, Council of Nephrology Social Workers, the Links, Inc. and a member of Jack and Jill of America. She is dedicated to serving her community though her membership in service organizations. She has received numerous employee recognition awards for her dedicated service as a Renal Social Worker.

Mikie resides in San Leandro, CA and enjoys spending time with her family and their rescue poodle. She enjoys running and has ran five half marathons. She hopes to run a full marathon someday.

Erick Smith, PATHfinder™

Erick Smith is a PATHfinder for Satellite Health in the Greater Sacramento Area. His educational background is in Exercise Physiology. Since college, his professional career has primarily been in the acute in-patient hospital setting. This has included roles such as a Lift Technician, Exercise Physiologist, Director of Patient Experience, and now a PATHfinder for Satellite Healthcare.

Erick has worked with patients of varying ages with various diseases. During this time he has witnessed and has known many people who have had trouble navigating the changes and challenges of health care. He recognizes that when people are sick, stressed or entering an unfamiliar situation, it can be difficult to listen and follow instructions. Especially in the medical field, there are words, acronyms, and medical terminology that can make a patient feel lost. This feeling can increase a patient’s stress and make it more difficult for them to comply with recommendations made by their medical team. One of Erick’s greatest joys is helping to remove those barriers.