Laugh Out Loud Hemodialysis, or LOL HD for short, is a laughter therapy program designed for kidney dialysis patients. This pilot program has been offered at Satellite’s Sacramento and Vallejo centers. While laughter therapy has been used to cope with other diseases, Satellite is the first healthcare company in the United States to bring this innovation to patients with kidney disease.
It begins with intention, or forced laughter, combined with simple exercise. The smiles, laughter, and spontaneous giggles that follow, result in better moods and decreased anxiety. According to studies, the benefits of LOL therapy in other disease models include mental, physiological, and social benefits. Laughter therapy opens the lungs, increases physical activity, encourages social interaction, and helps patients relax. Satellite Healthcare is determined to laugh their way through humanizing dialysis.