Provincial Rehabilitation Tools and Resources

Community Stroke Rehabilitation Program

Eligible stroke survivors will be considered for enhanced Physiotherapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), Social Work (SW) and Speech Language Pathology (SLP) services through Home and Community Care following discharge home. Note that for stroke survivors discharged to Long Term Care (LTC), PT will be provided by the LTC Home with enhanced OT, SLP and SW being provided through the Home and Community Care. The program now includes referral to the Rapid Response Nurse (RRN).  For information on this program please click on the resources below:

Evidence Based Review of Rehabilitation (EBRSR)

A comprehensive, research-based synthesis of stroke rehabilitation.

The following EBRSR professional education supplements are designed to present the information contained within the EBRSR in an alternative format. They cover topics such as Clinical Consequences of Stroke; Brain Reorganization, Recovery and Organized Care; Secondary Prevention of Stroke; Motor Rehabilitation (Upper and Lower Extremity); Cognitive Rehabilitation; Medical Consequences of Stroke; and Depression and Community Reintegration Post Stroke.

Stroke Rehabilitation Unit Orientation (Stroke Network of Southwestern Ontario)

This is an 12-module independent learning program for providing inpatient stroke rehabilitation unit care. While the target audience is nurses new to practicing in a stroke rehabilitation unit, this resource can be used by an professional discipline who works within this setting.


Designed to deliver the latest evidence on rehabilitation research

Stroke Rehabilitation Intensity

The following provides a link where you will find all of the resources developed  by the Provincial Rehabilitation Intensity Working Groups including: Communiqués, Newsletters, Presentations, Educational Tools, and Conference Posters.

Early Supported Discharge (ESD) from Acute and Rehab

For tools/resources that may support health systems administrators, planners and clinical teams to support the implementation of stroke ESD services check out the work of the OSN Early Supported Discharge Provincial Integrated Workgroup and associated resources at the link below.

Post Stroke Community Based Exercise Guidelines: a Resource for Community Based Exercise Providers

These Guidelines are intended to help exercise providers deliver safe and effective exercise programs to stroke survivors in a variety of community and other settings. Supporting this document is A Guide to Choosing a Community Exercise Program for People with Stroke. This Guide will assist people with stroke and their families in selecting a safe and effective exercise program in the community. Included in the brochure is a checklist to aid in assessing exercise programs as well as other helpful tips.  Please click Guidelines to view.

Provincial Context: Why Rehabilitation Matters: Repairing a Broken System - Dr. Mark Bayley (Kingston, 2012)

The Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program (GRASP)

This is an arm and hand exercise program that was developed for stroke patients with upper extremity impairments. Evidence indicates that more arm and hand activity early after a stroke can improve outcomes. GRASP provides one method for stroke survivors to increase their hand and arm activity post stroke. It is a self-directed arm and hand exercise program which provides opportunity for additional intervention to improve functional recovery.

Driving Fact Sheet for Healthcare Professionals

Return to Work Toolkit

This Return to Work Toolkit provides stroke survivors, family members and healthcare providers with assistance to navigate the process of returning to work including information on local and provincial resources and an online Job Readiness Self-Assessment Guide. 

Modifying the Home after Stroke (Grey Bruce District Stroke Centre, July, 2005)

This professional resource manual is designed for stroke rehab therapists who assist stroke survivors and caregivers to adapt the home environment after stroke.

Hemi Arm Protocol (Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network)