Mobile digital training for direct care workers dealing with stroke survivors


Stroke is the second leading cause of disability and is clearly associated with old age.


With the risk of being hit which doubles in each successive decade from 55 years old on. The dramatic increase of the demand for stroke rehabilitation, due to current epidemiological trends, is putting care providers and direct care workers under pressure.

Care Workers

Direct care workers are a key category in all care settings.

Care workers

Due to their essential role of providing personal care to patients with stroke (e.g., bathing, hygiene, feeding), practical help (e.g., mobility, socialization, health education) and support to other health professionals in a variety of activities (e.g., basic medications, preparation of medical tools, administration of drug therapy).

Direct care staff can contribute to greatly improve patients outcomes

The ordinary work context direct care workers have to deal with when assisting people with stroke is highly demanding. They are the most burdened group of workers (since they carry out the most essential tasks) and the least trained one (no academic title for their position is required). Vocational training is also lacking, since the context in which they work usually does not stimulate them to engage in lifelong training activities.

Even considering all the above mentioned issues, evidence from the literature suggest that if adequately trained, direct-care staff can contribute to greatly improve patients outcomes, e.g. in terms of quality of life, reduction of agitation, promotion of independence etc., at the same time improving their working conditions. Better-trained staff is indeed more likely to benefit from a reduced work-related stress, burden and injuries.