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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.   The toolkit includes: Introduction to the Return To Work ToolkitJob Readiness Self-Assessment Guide (courtesy of the Stroke Network of Southwestern Ontario)Benefits QuestionnaireFinancial SupportsReturn to Work ResourcesHastings, Prince Edward Fact SheetKingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Fact SheetLanark, Leeds and Grenville

The Community Reintegration Leadership Team (CRLT), a community advisory committee for the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario (SNSEO), includes persons with stroke, family members and community service providers.  The CRLT was formed after a community consultation in 2007 with the goal of supporting initiatives and actions that will help with community reintegration following a stroke.  In 2015, a second community consultation was conducted under the direction of the CRLT. The Stroke Network  promised  to continue to provide updates on its activities  to the stroke survivors and familie

The 11th World Stroke Congress took place in Montreal in Oct 2018 bringing together leading international stroke experts.The Stroke Network of SEO teams were engaged in the delivery of presentations related to Stroke Prevention Clinic core elements, Endovascular Thrombectomy, Acute Stroke Unit care, innovations in rehabilitation, and the evaluation of stroke care in Complex Continuing Care and LTC settings, a true cross-continuum contribution!  One oral presentation outlined the regional impact of consolidating acute stroke care from nine community hospitals across Southeastern Ontario to t

A year ago KHSC expanded access to its Stroke Endovascular Thrombectomy Service  from weekday to 24/7 delivery. This move to round-the-clock service was a big step that required an incredible commitment from many across the region including referring hospitals, paramedic services and the large and growing team of experts within KHSC.  Over the past year, we have learned that we can indeed deliver this complex service successfully with great outcomes for patients across Southeastern Ontario.The KHSC Stroke Endovascular Workgroup met in September to review patient outcomes to date.

Navigation maps of physical activity programs and common resources have been created by the Southeastern Health Collaborative (SEOHC) for each of the three public health geographic areas in our region.  The SEOHC is comprised of many programs and networks with an overall objective of jointly supporting primary care providers in their efforts with a focus on prevention.  The main purpose of the physical activity maps is to support primary and community care providers in recommending physical activity services with their patients.

The Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario works with a community advisory committee called the Community Reintegration Leadership Team that includes stroke survivors and family members from across the region.  Through community consultation and discussions with the advisory committee, the SNSEO has received advice on key educational documents that stroke survivors and families would value receiving early on after a stroke.  Working with stroke survivors, families and health care providers, the SNSEO developed a listing of recommended contents for a Stroke Information Package.

South East LHIN Home & Community Care has been providing Community Stroke Rehabilitation Services to eligible stroke survivors since 2009.  An Annual Report is disseminated to all stakeholders to share the findings of the ongoing program evaluation.

A recently released provincial report indicates that patient and families from across the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) are benefiting from improved access to hyperacute treatment and stroke unit care.              According to new data released by CorHealth Ontario, the South East LHIN continues to show the biggest improvement in 30-day mortality rate following an acute stroke.  The South East also has the lowest readmission rate of all 14 LHINs.The SE Report Card indicates that the SE Region has top/exemplary performance in many areas:Arrival at the ED by ambulance, t

Since February 2009 the South East LHIN Home and Community Care (formerly SE CCAC) has provided timely, home-based rehabilitation services for those discharged from hospital with new stroke.

The Primary Care and Stroke Prevention Clinic Update held March 20th, 2018 was well-received. 88 health care providers participated from across the South East. The post evaluations were positive indicating that many providers would apply learnings to their clinical setting and that it would be useful to have a follow-up education event. The event provided an opportunity to learn about new stroke best practices, discuss complex cases and learn about each other's roles in stroke prevention.

Each year, approximately 1,100 individuals in Ontario are admitted to Complex Continuing Care (CCC) and 1,300 to Long Term Care (LTC) within 180 days of an acute care hospitalization for stroke or transient ischemic attack.

Core Elements for Stroke Prevention Clinics were identified by a provincial work group based on previous provincial standards of care, Canadian Stroke Best Practices, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Quality-Based Procedures. The Core Elements outline the key expected components of care delivery for Stroke Prevention Clinics.

Patient and caregiver education is of critical importance in the recovery journey. The needs and abilities of each individual will vary and some may be interested in exploring topics in depth. To support health care providers in meeting the needs of those stroke survivors and caregivers, the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario has created a listing of educational resources based on best practice and categorized by educational topic. Hyperlinks are included for all resources.