patients and families
resources, education, and help
Know your kidneys
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is committed to leading the fight against kidney disease. Through our patient and family resource center, we help communities affected by kidney disease find the information and references they need.
We make it easier for patients and their loved ones to find physicians, learn about treatment options, and navigate knotty concerns like insurance, diet, and establishing an emotional support network.
DIALYSIS AND TREATMENT
Learn about dialysis - a common treatment option for CKD patients whose kidneys are in an advanced state of failure, and need assistance performing their normal bodily functions.
Click below to find valuable dialysis resources; including a clinic finder, medicare tools, fact sheets, and educational references.
ORGAN DONATIONS AND TRANSPLANTATIONS
Whether you're looking to sign up for the transplant waitlist, find a living donor, or are considering becoming an organ donor yourself - there can be lot of information to navigate in the kidney transplant process.
Start learning about the practice below, and find quick access to handy tools like transplant center maps, information on support groups, tips on finding a donor, and links to donor registration and the kidney transplant waitlist.
When you give an organ, you give the gift of life. Click below to find out more about how giving a kidney works.
Discover what to expect when receiving a kidney transplant. Find facts about surgery, recovery, and life with a new kidney.
ATTEND A FREE
Throughout the year, the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois hosts a series of free, kidney health screening events. Conducted from our one-of-a-kind KidneyMobile, these screenings take place all across the state of Illinois.
Register for an upcoming screening today, and make a plan to learn about your risk for kidney disease, and take charge of your health.
LIVING WITH KIDNEY DISEASE
Find the information and resources you need to live well with kidney disease. Explore videos, reference guides, and toolkits designed to make managing your diagnosis simpler and easier.
diet & nutrition
Help your kidneys out by investing in solid meal planning, and learn about the role a nutritious diet can play in your health care.
You don't have to confront kidney disease alone. Click below to connect with peer mentors, patient specialists, and support groups.
a - z kidney guide
Visit our national office's encyclopedic reference guide to learn about all things kidney, and find additional resources.
Call NKF Cares, a patient service hotline managed by our national office in New York, and speak with a trained care specialist.