Finding out that you or a loved one needs dialysis treatment can be a very scary time. There will be many questions and concerns that will need to be explained. Your medical specialist will help you answer these questions and resolve the concerns. There will also be actions that need to be taken to insure the patient starts receiving the dialysis care as soon as possible. You will need to get information on local dialysis clinics and schedule appointments to tour the facilities and meet the staff. There will be several factors that will help you choose the right dialysis center for your needs. The first step you will need to take is finding the local dialysis centers. Your medical specialist can often give you a list of local dialysis centers. You can also find a list of these places on different websites and through your local directories. It is often best to try to use the dialysis facilities that are located closest to you or the patient. Once you have determined the local dialysis centers that are the most convenient you will need to contact the facility. During these conversations the patient's dialysis care requirements will be discussed. This will help the individual facility determine if they are able to provide the necessary dialysis treatment that is required. You will also want to determine whether the clinic will accept the patient's insurance plan. Determining this right away will help reduce any chance of miscommunications regarding the insurance paperwork in the future. Once the dialysis care and insurance plans have been discussed the dialysis center will have to determine if they can take another patient. Many times the clinics have a limited number of patients that they can see at any given time. If they have the availability to accept a new patient an appointment will be scheduled. If the clinic is unable to accept a new patient you will have to contact another place in your list of local dialysis centers.