Geriatric rehabilitation is a well-defined area with good evidence for its efficacy.
Inpatient geriatric rehabilitation programs may benefit elderly patients who are at risk of functional decline coincident with dialysis initiation, enabling them to return home after discharge (as opposed to being placed in a long-term care facility) and decreasing their risk of readmission to the hospital.
Interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams with expertise in caring for geriatric patients are usually involved.
Setting a regular dialysis schedule that does not conflict with therapy is key and short daily dialysis (i.e., 2 hours, 6 days a week) may be particularly effective.
There is some evidence that in the above scenario elderly dialysis patients do as well in inpatient geriatric rehabilitation programs as their nondialysis peers.