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Stroke Survivors Resources

National Resources

Originating in the the Simcoe Area of Ontario, the ADE was created to increase access to gently used assistive devices. The program and the website have grown to cover every province and territories. This is a resource for anyone who is looking to sell or give away an assistive device, as well as those who are looking to acquire gently used assistive devices.

Beyond Stroke – created to help understand and deal with the physical challenges of stroke. Provides information and support related to physical challenges and how they may be treated, how Stroke Rehabilitation Physicians can help, and how to find one, information on caregiver support and additional resources are available.

Canadian Stroke Consortium

Canadian Stroke Network and Strategy

Crisis Services Canada – The CSC is a collaboration of distress and crisis centres from accross Canada, offering Canada’s first nationally available, regionally delivered suicide prevention service. Offering toll free phone support (1-833-456-4566), text (45645 from 4pm-12am ET) and online chat support for people in distress.

Guidebook for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Exercises

Heart and Stroke Care Partner Support Resources - Resource list put together by the Heart and Stroke Association by province

Heart and Stroke Foundation – a leading foundation that produces world-renowned research and health information on brain injury.
I Am Sick – quick and easy website to find health care providers based on your postal code, first language and hours of operation. It includes listings of providers who speak over 70 languages.

Kids Help Phone  A service offering live online chat available 24/7, phone support (1-800-668-6868), app (Always There), or text support (686868) for those in a mental health crisis.

Patient-Provider Communication Network  The Patient Provider Communication Network is a national and international effort to promote information sharing, cooperation and collaboration among individuals who are committed to seeking improvements in patient-provider communication across the entire health care continuum from a doctor's office, emergency room, clinic, ICU, acute care and rehabilitation hospital, home health service and hospice. 

Stroke Association– This guide for emotional changes after a stroke details possible strategies and techniques for survivors and those affected by stroke. 

Stroke Engine – online resources, assessment tools and rehabilitation information for stroke survivors and caregivers, from topics such as pain management to stroke prevention. All resources and information is derived from quality articles, websites, and systematic reviews so clients know that the information they are receiving is up to date and accurate.

Stroke Association This guide for emotional changes after a stroke details possible strategies and techniques for survivors and those affected by stroke.


Canadian Government - Regulaer updates from Canadian Goverment regarding COVID-19.

Coronavirus tips from heart disease and stroke - Updates and precautions for people living with heart disease or stroke.

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Provincial Resources

British Columbia:

bc211 bc211 is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC.

Dreams accessible transportation - is a transportation company set up to help individuals in the community get where they need to go.

FAME (Fitness and Mobility Exercise Program)  A group exercise program for people after stroke who have some standing and walking ability. 

Family Caregivers of British Columbia– Family Caregivers of British Columbia is a registered non-profit dedicated 100% to supporting family caregivers.

Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) – program that provides financial assistance for home modification for eligible low-income residents of BC with mobility or health issues.

Mindfulness and Gentle Chair Yoga - Kate Landreth, Education & Learning Lead at Family Caregivers of BC offers a mindfulness practice and seated yoga movement practice.

Skill-building program - BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry.

Stroke Recovery Association of BC – place to find expert advice, guides, videos, and community group programs designed for stroke survivors in BC. Programs help survivors, families, and healthcare professionals.

Surrey Centre of Excellence Speaker Series
The workshop series at ‘Surrey Centre of Excellence’ aims to provide excellent resources for information and inspiration to support stroke survivors in their journey of recovery. Call the Warmline at 1-888-540-6666 or email to find out more.


Home Adaptation for Seniors Independence Program (document) – Home modifications funded by the province of Manitoba and the federal government offering a maximum of $3,500 in the form of a loan to residents. Homeowners and landlords are eligible if they are over 65 years of age, meet low income requirements, and are permanent residents in a home presenting difficulties in daily living. 

Regional Health Authorities – Manitoba is divided into five separate regions which provide a broad continuum of health programs and services the the province. Programs and services covered by the regions include mental health services, family medicine, cardiac sciences, rehab and geriatrics, long term care and much more. 

Residential Rehabilitation Assistive Program for Persons with Disabilities (document) – Financial assistance for home modifications offered to residents of Manitoba by the provincial and federal government. Manitoban residents are eligible for the forgivable loan if you are planning changes to your home/rental unit to meet the needs of an occupant with disabilities and either are a landlord managing units renting below the Median Market Rents for your area or are a homeowner whose home is valued at less than $125,000 and whose total household income is below the Housing Income Limit.
Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba - Providing support to stroke survivors and their families since 1971.

Resources to Help after stroke


211 Call Centre - 211 is the source Canadians trust when seeking information and services to deal with life’s challenges.

Caregiver Coalition – group of organizations looking to advance and advocate for the interests and needs of unpaid caregivers in Ontario. 

Caregiver Exchange - Stroke Resources Website Connects Caregivers With Support Services in Ontario.

Community Health Centres – listings of the specific care partners in Ontario that provide a broad range of services. 

Connex Ontario  A Mental Health helpline, offering phone services (1-866-531-2600), online chat, email, and resource directory for Ontario.

CorHealth Ontario – previously known as the Ontario Stroke Network and Cardiac Care Network of Ontario, they are now one conglomerate working together to advance cardiac, stroke, and vascular care for patients in Ontario. Work as the advisors for the LHINs, hospitals, and care partners. 

Dignity Transportation - Leaders in Wheelchair Accessible Transportation Services (Toronto, GTA, Southern Ontario).
Driving after a stroke - Information for patients and their families.

GTA Accessible Transportation - GTA Accessible Transportation Toronto is the first choice for passengers using wheelchairs, mobility scooter and other mobility related devices and products .

Family Compass Waterloo Region – first step to finding community-based services and supports for parents, youth, and children in Waterloo Region. Information on general and specialized services available to address developmental concerns.

Health Care at Home – search by postal code to find local home and community care in Ontario by LHIN. 

Healthline – listings of health and community services based on each LHIN. Examples include health care facilities, disease and conditions, legal services, indigenous communities, and care planning.

Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) – agencies established by the Government of Ontario to coordinate, integrate, and fund programs and services at local levels including but not limited to: 
  • hospitals
  • community health centres 
  • long-term care facilities 
  • mental health and addiction agencies 
  • community support services 
* There are 14 LHINs in Ontario.

Mackenzie Health

Mississauga Halton LHIN Free Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes – in partnership with Acclaim Health and Mississauga Halton LHIN, free classes are available for seniors, older adults with disabilities and those that suffer from chronic illness. Improve strength, balance, endurance and ability to perform activities around your home. Services include 12 week programs requiring registration, as well as low impact drop in options.

My Health GPS – referral line servicing Hamilton, Burlington, Niagara, Haldimand and Brant regions in Ontario for programs and services relating to illness, injury, or disability. 

Northeastern Ontario Stroke Network

Onlline Self-Management Program - Funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, the Online Self-Management Program's goal is to help improve patient self-management of chronic conditions. Regional Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs exist across the province of Ontario within the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).

Stroke Information – community care resources in the regions of Brampton, Caledon, Dufferin, Malton, north Etobicoke and west Woodbridge. 

Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario -The Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario is one of 11 regional networks across the province working with the Ontario Stroke Network and our local communities to achieve our Vision and Mission.

Stroke Recovery Guide – an easy-to-read guide to stroke recovery created as part of the Toronto Stroke Network. Topics covered include home life, going out, managing the effects of stroke recovery, work and money, relationships, preventing a future stroke, and being a caregiver. 

Ontario Stroke Registry - ICES is a not-for-profit research institute encompassing a community of research, data and clinical experts, and a secure and accessible array of Ontario's health-related data.

The Ontario Care Giver Association - The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) exists to support Ontario’s 3.3 million caregivers.

The Change Foundation

The Stroke Journey – explores the five main areas in the journey of stroke recovery; Emergency and Acute Care, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Life After Stroke, Stroke Prevention, Primary Care, and Self-Management.

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre - Stroke Resources - We deliver a quality patient experience in an academic health care environment that is responsive to the needs of the population of Northwestern Ontario.

Toronto Stroke Network – providing quality stroke care to the North and East GTA Stroke Network, Toronto West Stroke Network, and the South East Toronto Stroke Network. The network provides information about local Stroke Prevention Clinics, events, and resources. 


Disability Support Program – PEI program for financial assistance, housing supports, child protection and disability support.  

PEI Organized Stroke Care Program Information - This orientation is intended to be a generic orientation to the Provincial Stroke Services.

Prince Edward Island Stroke Recovery -  Prince Edward Island Stroke Recovery is the story of struggle to regain as many physical and mental abilities as possible that were taken away (at the blink of an eye) by that diabolical and catastrophic event called Stroke.

Secondary Stroke Prevention Clinics - It serves as an outpatient clinic for individuals who have signs and symptoms of a recent transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a non-disabling stroke.

Stroke Care Program - The PEI Organized Stroke Care Program provides information, education and support in different areas.

Social Development and Housing - Services provided directly or in partnership with community organizations include: financial assistance, housing supports, child protection and disability support. The department supports the Seniors Secretariat which ensures seniors have a strong voice in government.


Residential Adaptation Assistance Program – provides homeowners and landlords living with a disability themselves or caring for someone with a disability with financial assistance to adapt their dwellings.

International Resources

American Heart Association Online Community - Looking for more online communities like the After Stroke one? Join the American Heart Association’s community. Create your own profile, read survivor stories, and interact with others like you. 
Aphasia Corner  This blog periodically publishes information that's relevant to people with aphasia, caregivers, and speech therapists.
Aphasia Corner will be an online service for people affected by aphasia. They are currently beta testing the service with a limited number of users.

American Stroke Association

The Aphasia Institute

National Stroke Association

The Internet Stroke Centre


Living Life– Free online courses covering low mood, stress, and resiliency. Work out why you feel as you do, how to tackle problems, build confidence, get going again, feel happier, stay calm, tackle upsetting thinking and more. Our courses are free for individuals using them in their own lives. 

Saebo – Article detailing how to support a loved one during stroke recovery. Saebo also offers stroke exercise suggestions surrounding balance, legs, arms, hands, core, and shoulders.

20-minute chair exercise video - Watch or follow along with Physiotherapist Susan for 20 minutes of Stroke Recovery Exercises.

Stroke Association This guide for emotional changes after a stroke details possible strategies and techniques for survivors and those affected by stroke. 

World Stroke Organization - a global team of stroke leaders, working to reduce the global burden of stroke. Our programs are developed and led by our Committees, Board, Executive and implemented by expert project Task Forces.
Woman’s Health Stroke - Provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education, and innovative programs.


Aphasia Institute - COVID-19 Aphasia Friendly Resource

How to stay connected during self isolation

General info on Corvid-19 if you have had a stroke - This information has been produced jointly by NHS England and the Stroke Association. It is for all stroke survivors in the UK. As the situation changes, we will update these web page regularly.

The Phoenix Newsletter

Phoenix Newsletter Spring-Summer 2018The Phoenix newsletter provides information, resources, and support for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

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