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How can I support my loved one?

If you’re caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with high potassium (hyperkalemia), you may find the following suggestions helpful:

  • If you cook or shop for your loved one, explore our advice on low-potassium diets and ask them what their doctor has recommended
  • Remind them to take their medication every day as prescribed
  • Have a discussion with your loved one about what support/care they need, and try to talk about what you feel able to help with, as well as any issues where you feel they will need additional support
  • See if your loved one would like you to attend their doctor’s visits to take notes or provide moral support
  • Find accurate sources of information on other conditions your loved one is living with as well as high potassium, so you can understand what to expect and what they are going through
  • Make time to do fun things together that are unrelated to high potassium and your caring responsibilities
  • Talk about your own feelings with someone you trust to avoid bottling things up

Try to make time for yourself so you
can do things you enjoy as well as
being a caregiver


To find out more about high potassium and how your loved one’s condition may affect them, explore our information on:

If you accompany your loved one to visits with their doctor, you may find the Talking to your doctor download particularly helpful. You may also consider whether there are any additional questions you want to ask at the appointment about how best to care for them.

How can I support my loved one?

By taking a long-term approach to high potassium,
you, your loved one and their doctor can work
together to help manage it