Community News

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. 

Shared Work Days go virtual!

Just in time learning support through linkage with another stroke clinician has been part of the stroke network’s education support for several years.  These Shared Work Days are often used in the community rehab setting to support clinicians

Annual Community Stroke Rehab Program (CSRP) Report Released: 19% increase in CSRP referrals in 2018/19

The annual Community Stroke Rehab Program Report and accompanying Infographic provides an overview of the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Program (CSRP) since service inception in 2009 and reflects the most recent fiscal year data (April 1 – March 31).  

Annual Report on Southeast Stroke Support Groups Released: Over 230 stroke survivors and caregivers participated in Stroke Support Groups

The annual Southeastern Ontario Regional Stroke Support Groups Report has been released as well as an Infographic. The Southeast Ontario Stroke Support Groups are funded by the South East LHIN and are all professionally facilitated.  

Expanded Services for Adults with Aphasia in the South East

Community partners have worked collaboratively to support Adults with Aphasia in the community.  In Belleville, Community Care for South Hastings and Quinte & District Rehabilitation have partnered to provide the Belleville Aphasia Conversation Group; VON Greater Kingston (VON) has partnered with Kaymar Rehabilitation Inc. to provide a Group in Kingston; Senior Support Services, Community and Primary Health Care is currently exploring a rehab partnership in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville to initiate their first Group in Brockville.

RRN Interventions smooth transitions from Acute Stroke Units

To further support transitions from acute stroke units and respond to patient and provider feedback, a pilot of referrals to the South East LHIN’s Rapid Response Nurse (RRN) program, in conjunction with referrals being made to the South East LHIN’s Community Stroke Rehabilitation Program occurred between October 2017 and March 2019.

New Patient Journey Map for Stroke Survivors & Families in the South East

Working with the Stroke Network’s Community Reintegration Leadership Team, a Patient Journey Map has been created.  This map visually displays the recovery journey following a stroke beginning with the stroke event and moving through acute, rehab and community care. 

The map is intended to reflect a diversity of patient journeys to stimulate and support conversations between patients/families and clinicians.

New Client & Family Resource for Driving after Stroke

Returning to driving after a stroke can be a complicated and costly endeavor for stroke survivors and their families.  Understanding the rationale for suspending a driver’s licence and the process involved in a return to driving is imperative as the stroke survivor and family adapt to a changed life situation

New Services for Adults with Aphasia in the South East

January 2019 saw the first session of the pilot Kingston-based community Aphasia Conversation Groups.  A Kingston-based Aphasia Buddies Program also began providing services in January through the VON-Kingston.

Southeast Return to Work Toolkit Now Available

The 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.

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