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Stroke Survivors Resources

National Resources

Assistive Devices Exchange (A.D.E.)
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

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.

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.


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.

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.

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 afterstroke@marchofdimes.ca to find out more.


Manitoba: 

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.

Ontario:

The Aphasia Institute – provides programs, services, toolkits, resources, and information for people living with aphasia, family members, and healthcare providers. Programs offered include introductory programs, community aphasia programs, primary progressive aphasia, outreach program, peer leader leader program, family support and education program.

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

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

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. 

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. 

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

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.

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. 

PEI:

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

Quebec:

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.

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