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The State of Stroke Rehabilitation in Ontario: 2016 Focus Report of the Ontario Stroke Network was released November 22nd. This report documents improvements made in stroke rehabilitative care in Ontario from 2011/12 to 2014/15. It presents detailed information on stroke survivor outcomes and implementation of best practices in rehabilitation at multiple levels of analysis. Stroke Evaluation Report 2016 – Rehab

The presentations from the November 23rd Southeastern Ontario Stroke Symposium are now available online. Over 200 people from across Southeastern Ontario participated. The plenary sessions highlighted patient experience expertise combined with leading edge care delivery.  Twelve concurrent sessions provided participants with the opportunity to select care topics relevant to their individual learning needs.  The commitment of many stroke survivors and stroke care providers was critical to the success of this event. To view the presentations click here.

The Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario delivered several poster presenttaions at the 2016 Canadian Stroke Congress in Quebec City.  Please see the links below:What We Heard: Charting a Course for Successful Community Reintegration after StrokeGaining Momentum to Improve Stroke Rehabilitation Intensity: One PDSA at a TimeProviding Access for Rehabilitation for Stroke Patients with DysphagiaPost Stroke Community-Based Exercise Guidelines: Update 2015

The Stroke Network of Southeastern conducted a community consultation in 2015.  The intent of the consultation was to hear stroke survivor, caregiver and health care provider voices and to actionably respond to those stories by charting a course toward improved community reintegration.  This report identifies priority areas for change as identified by the consultation participants as well as the resulting recommendations for charting that course.

The Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations has released a 2016 Guidelines update for Managing Transitions of Care Following Stroke.  The focus of these recommendations is on support, education and skills training for patients, families and caregivers; effective discharge planning; interprofessional communication; adaptation in resuming activitites of daily living; and transition to long-term care.  You can find the full recommendations in the International Journal of Stroke.International Journal of Stroke

Community Care for South Hastings and Quinte & District Rehabilitation Inc. will be running Aphasia Support Groups beginning in September.  The groups will be facilitated by a Speech Language Pathologist with the assistance of community volunteers or Communicative Disorders Assistants.  There will be a maximum of 6 participants per group.  The 1.5 hour sessions will occur weekly in the afternoons (time to be determined) at the Community Care for South Hastings office at the Bayview Mall in Belleville.

Living with Stroke(C), a six-week self-management program developed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation for individuals with stroke and family/informal caregivers is being held in Kingston beginning September 12th.  Sessions occur one afternoon per week from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  There is no cost to participate.  For further information or to register, contact Kathleen Pratt by phone at 613-634-0130 ext. 3469 or by email at with Stroke   

The Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network is proud to announce the official launch of the 2016 Stroke Rehabilitation Unit Orientation.This resource was developed by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network to support the education of regulated health professionals by providing a framework for learning, and by identifying knowledge, skills and values that cross the core competencies of all the disciplines and are important to the delivery of best practice stroke care.ContentThis free self-directed learning program includes quizzes, and covers 12 core stroke care topics:- Pathophysiology of stro

Beginning on May 2, 2016 Stroke Survivors in Lanark, Leeds and Grenville counties have access to specialized stroke care at the Acute Stroke Unit in Brockville through the partnership of Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital and Brockville General Hospital. Stroke Unit Care is known to improve survival rates and to optimize recovery and return home. Please refer to the FACT SHEET, Video and Brochure for more information.

In 2015, the Heart & Stroke Foundation released the best practice resource, Taking Action for Optimal Community & Long Term Stroke Care(C) (previously Tips and Tools for Everyday Living(C)).  In response to this release, a working group of Long Term Care (LTC) Home representatives and members of the Ontario Stroke Network reviewed the best practice Stroke Care Plans (initially released in 2012) to ensure continued alignment with this best practice document and current LTC practices and regulations.

June 2016 - The updated Post Stroke Community Based Exercise Guidelines: A Resource for Community Based Exercise Providers has just been released.