How Home Care Could Revolutionize Stroke Recovery

By: Arielle Hochberg, Neuroscientist and Regulatory Affairs Manager

Stroke Recovery

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Stroke is a global health problem and a leading cause of disability and death worldwide. It can significantly impact individuals, resulting in reduced quality of life, compromised physical and emotional well-being, as well as negative effects on their social and economic status. The prevalence of stroke has risen in tandem with an aging population, while advances in treatments like thrombolysis and thrombectomy have contributed to a decline in stroke mortality. However, these treatments are only available to eligible patients in the acute phase of stroke. Despite these interventions, a substantial number of patients endure long-term disabilities.

Following a stroke, the brain undergoes a series of complex changes and the greatest potential for recovery after stroke occurs within the first few weeks when neuroplasticity is heightened. However, stroke patients often face challenges during this phase, such as fragmented care, long wait times, and delays, which can impede recovery. With the growing number of stroke survivors, there is a need for an effective solution with a treatment paradigm that meets their unique needs.

The Traditional Model of Stroke Care

Traditionally, stroke care involves hospitalization and rehabilitation in clinical settings, followed by discharge to multiple locations, leading to fragmented transitions between care settings. 

Stroke patients are typically cared for in a variety of settings, including:

  • Acute inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Home rehabilitation

This fragmented model strains patients, their families, and the healthcare system, resulting in suboptimal recovery outcomes and creating the unique challenge of providing continuous care across facilities. Access to quality therapy also varies due to demographics, payor, and other factors.

The Need for a More Accessible Treatment Paradigm

A significant portion of stroke patients are discharged directly home, often prescribed with outpatient rehabilitation, requiring them to commute between facilities for necessary care. This can be challenging and time-consuming, particularly given their condition. Interventions that can follow the patient's care pathway and integrate into different settings, including the home, are needed to ensure continuity of care and support during the recovery phase. This approach can lead to improved outcomes and better quality of life for stroke survivors and their families.

The Advantages of Home Care for Stroke Patients

An alternative model for stroke care, focusing on providing high-quality home care, could offer numerous benefits and represents a relatively unexplored approach. Some of the primary advantages of this model include:

  • Personalized care in the comfort of their own homes
  • Greater independence and control over the recovery process
  • Reduced need for frequent visits to healthcare facilities
  • Reduced related expenses and travel time
  • Cost-effective compared to long-term hospitalization or rehabilitation

This makes home care an attractive alternative for stroke patients and their families, providing a mechanism to ensure patients have readily accessible care. By providing this seamless access to care, home care has the potential to significantly enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors.

Challenges of Home Care

While home care presents many benefits, it also poses several challenges, including ensuring an appropriate level of care for the patient, and limited resources and support available to caregivers, who often struggle to balance their own needs with those of the patient. Inadequate monitoring of patient conditions is another challenge in-home care, as access to medical professionals is limited, leading to delayed interventions and complications.

Incorporating Technology in Home Care

To overcome these challenges, incorporating user-friendly technology into home care interventions can offer significant benefits. Some examples include:

  • Remote monitoring technologies for tracking patient health
  • Telemedicine and virtual consultations for immediate access to medical professionals
  • Wearable devices and home sensors for proactive interventions
  • Automation of tasks like medication reminders and vital sign monitoring

By leveraging technology, home care could enhance patient outcomes, improve care coordination, and alleviate the burden on caregivers.


While effective solutions are still needed during the critical recovery period after a stroke,  integrating home care into the stroke care paradigm can serve as a mechanism to address the challenges that impede recovery and provide timely care and support. Home care offers several benefits over the traditional model of stroke care, enabling the delivery of value-based care characterized by integrated and timely intervention. Incorporating technology into home care interventions, such as telehealth and automation, can address the challenges of this model. By promoting the adoption of home care and technology, we can potentially improve patient outcomes and quality of life while also supporting caregivers and reducing healthcare costs.

Arielle Hochberg is a Neuroscientist and Regulatory Affairs Manager at BrainQ Technologies. She has a background in neuroscience research and holds a Master of Science degree in Neurobiology and Neurosciences from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Sydney.