Community News

Southeast Raises Awareness of Stroke & Aphasia

In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month this past June, health care providers within the southeast took the opportunity to support the sharing of stroke survivor stories, enhance awareness of stroke and provide information on relevant services.

Stroke Support Groups Initiate New Virtual Model

Both my wife (who is a stroke survivor) and I have been attending the stroke support group for several years now.  We have found this service to be very effective; a place to go to where you feel like you belong,

Virtual Visit Data Now Included in Annual Community Stroke Rehab Report

To Since the initiation of the Community Stroke Rehab Program (CSRP) in 2009, admissions to the program have continued to trend upwards (an increase of 228% since 2009).  With the onset of COVID, community rehab providers responded by including virtual visits in their model of care

June is Stroke Awareness Month!

The COVID-19 pandemic has called upon health care providers across the continuum of care to make significant adjustments to models of care, embrace innovation and leverage the learnings of others from within our region and beyond.

You're OnAir! Successful Online Community Stroke Partner Expo

The first-ever Virtual HPE Community Stroke Partners Expo was held on February 23rd, 2021. Sixteen community agencies from across Hastings Prince Edward County and beyond shared information with the attending health care providers about the services they offer to stroke survivors and their families. This project was a partnership with the University of Ottawa who hosted the event using their OnAir virtual conference platform.

Finding the Way - Supporting Post-Stroke Navigation Needs

The Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (2020) advises that all “members of the healthcare team engaged with people with stroke and their families are responsible for partnerships and collaborations to ensure successful transitions and return to the community following stroke.” Within the southeast, we have been working to integrate and sustain effective navigation supports forall healthcare providers involved in post-stroke navigation.  

Stroke Survivors and Families Continue to Lead Community Reintegration

New regional stroke community reintegration initiatives over the past two years have included the expansion of peer visiting programs and Aphasia Supportive Conversation Groups as well as the creation of a southeast Return to Driving resource and a  Patient Journey Map.  

More Stroke Survivors Received Rehab at Home in 2019/20

Since the initiation of the Community Stroke Rehab Program (CSRP) in 2009, admissions to the program have essentially doubled.  Data from the current annual evaluation report demonstrated variations between urban/rural geographies.   

Stroke Support Groups Respond to a ~30% Increase in Referrals

According to the 2020 annual report and infographic, an increasing number of stroke survivors are participating in stroke support programs offered by the community support agencies in this region. This annual report is a collaborative initiative between the three Community Support Service (CSS) agencies hosting the stroke support group programs (Community Care for South Hastings based in Belleville; VON Canada, Greater Kingston; and Senior Support Services CPHC based in Brockville) and the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario. 

Virtual Community Connections During COVID-19: A Shifting Perspective

Stroke support groups in the southeast provide a variety of supportive services to stroke survivors and caregivers.  For members of these groups, meetings are an opportunity to share experiences, learn about stroke and caregiving, get connected to resources and reduce social isolation. 

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