Patient Education

Recognizing the Signs of Stroke

Learn the Signs of Stroke FAST

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has launched a new National Campaign to raise awareness of the signs of stroke based on FAST, a simple and effective educational approach that is being used in many countries with success.

In-hospital Recovery and Preparing for Discharge

Post Stroke Checklist

A resource for use by healthcare providers and stroke survivors to assess and monitor key areas of stroke recovery. It could be used at the time of hospital discharge, and during follow-up healthcare visits. The checklist is available online and limited quantities of the checklist pads are available to order.

Partners in Stroke Recovery

If you or a loved one has had a stroke this guide is for you. It is to use during your recovery in hospital and as you continue your recovery journey after discharge. It will help you learn more about stroke. It will support you to be involved and take charge of your health.

Recovery After Stroke

Your Stroke Journey: A Guide for People Living with Stroke

A comprehensive 110-page book to help stroke survivors and their families understand the effects of stroke and manage their recovery. This resource can be used immediately following a stroke and over the course of their recovery journey. It replaces "Let's Talk About Stroke".

Getting on with the Rest of your Life After Stroke (Canadian Stroke Network)

Taking Charge of Your Stroke Recovery: A Survivor's Guide to the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations

A resource for stroke survivors and their families that describes key best practice recommendations for stroke care delivery across the stroke continuum of care. It is a 13-page summary document that should be distributed to survivors and families as early as possible. The resource can be printed locally for distribution.

Return to Life Activities

How to Dress Videos

Step by step videos with downloadable written instructions to help survivors increase their independence in dressing.

Drivinig After Stroke

Driving After Stroke:  Patient and Family Information
Stroke, Driving and the Health Care Professional:  Rules and Guidelines

Aboriginal Resources

As the Rivers Flow: Brain Attack

Following the path of the river, the Sharing Circle DVD uses Aboriginal (or the animal system) and medical teachings to understand the symptoms of a stroke or “brain attack”. The nature of warning signs and where to go for help are also discussed. The available languages of the video are Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and English. (17 Minutes)

Heartbeat of the Anishnawbe Nation

Learning about stroke and blood pressure management by means of both medical and Aboriginal traditions. The video will help you to understand how stroke and blood pressure is affected by smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol and medication. The language of the video is Ojibwe and dubbed in Oji-Cree and English. (19 Minutes)

Act Fast 1-2-3

The “Talking Stick”, passed from one community to another, helps children understand: what a stroke is, what are the warning signs and symptoms, stroke prevention, and where/how to seek help in case of a stroke. Children are introduced to the F-A-S-T Stroke Song, which helps them remember what they have learned about stroke. Filmed on location in First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario, this video features talented children of the First Nations, teaching other First Nations children about stroke in their own ways and words.