The Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario recently completed a community consultation. The goal of this consultation was to build on the work that was done in previous consultations, identify priority areas of change and continue to collaborate with stroke survivors and their caregivers. The consultation process was developed in collaboration with the Community Reintegration Leadership team (CRLT) which is a patient advisory group that consists of persons with stroke, caregivers and healthcare providers working in community stroke care. Feedback was collected through stroke support groups, a Qualtrics survey and interactive webinars.
Despite the struggles of the past few years, the performance of our stroke system continues to be strong. This is due to the ongoing dedication, compassion, and hard work of everyone working in stroke care in our region, across the full continuum of care. Thank you to all who help our joint vision to become a reality: “Fewer strokes, Better outcomes”.
Stroke Awareness Month is in June and there are many events going on at a National, Regional and Local level
The Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario is currently completing a community consultation. The feedback collected from this consultation will build on previous consultations and be used to guide community stroke care in the future. An example of how this information is utilized to improve community stroke care is the creation of stroke support groups in Southeastern Ontario following the first ever community consultation.
We are excited to share that a new resource is now available for healthcare providers working with stroke in the community and long-term care setting! Smart Tips for Stroke Care is a collection of 15 fact sheets that are quick and easy to navigate. These fact sheets cover a range of topics related to stroke and smart tips for how to care for a person with stroke.
We know that exercise provides many benefits including reducing risk factors for having a stroke. The Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations state that most individuals that are medically stable should start an exercise program after having a stroke and recommends at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. Stroke-specific exercise programs are designed specifically to meet the needs of persons with stroke.
The Community Stroke Support Services: Southeastern Ontario Annual Report and Infographic have been released. This report is produced annually in partnership with the Community Support Agencies involved in the delivery of Stroke Support Services: Community Care for South Hastings (HPE), VON – Greater Kingston Area (KFLA) and Community and Primary Health Care (LLG).
The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Program (CSRP) 2021-22 Annual Report and Infographic have been released jointly by Home and Community Care Support Services and the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario.
“I’m learning how to talk” and “she can communicate and I can understand” were two comments voiced by participants of Aphasia Supportive Conversation Groups in the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville area. These groups resumed in Perth and their success has led to a second group in Brockville.
Transitioning from hospital to community is recognized as a challenging time for individuals who have experienced a stroke and their families. Melissa Roblin, Stroke Resource Nurse, Quinte Health Care states " Leaving hospital brings forward both good and bad stress. To alleviate some this stress, we have found it helps to introduce patients and families to our partners in the community prior to discharge. Whether it be an in person meeting with a home and community care OT or a virtual visit with the stroke service coordinator with community care, these introductions help our patients feel more comfortable transitioning back to the community"
Despite the struggles of the pandemic, the performance of our stroke system continues to be strong. This is due to the ongoing dedication, compassion and hard work of everyone working in stroke care in our region, across the full continuum of care.