Return to home after stroke?

The importance of a helping hand…

  • Weigh home situation and available informal care in discharge planning 
  • Having a partner or housemate increases the odds of living independently after stroke
  • Available help is a decisive factor

Patients with stroke who live independently and can count on help from others after their rehabilitation – whether this is a husband/ wife, partner, family member, or someone else – have a better chance at home discharge than those without social support. This is concluded by Belgian and Swiss researchers who analysed forty studies including in total 225,941 patients to determine which personal and environmental factors predict whether a stroke patient can return to home after  inpatient rehabilitation.


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