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Stroke Survivors

​​​Stroke SurvivorEvery year, over 50,000 Canadians have a stroke - that's one stroke every ten minutes. Within seconds your entire life is changed. Our After Stroke programs are here to help you adjust to your new normal, and support you as you transition from Hospital to Home, and Home to Community.​

Connecting to one another virtually

March of Dimes Canada is committed to continuing to provide the supports our community needs in new and innovative ways through this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After Stroke has a number of virtual (online) sessions, workshops and programs, so you can maintain your connection with the community from the comfort and safety of your home. View a selection of online programs available in the Events section or click here to see a calendar of online activities.

After Stroke supports successful transitions 

Hospital to HomeFrom Hospital to Home 

We answer the question 
"What do I do now?"

Transitioning to the home can be a very complex and challenging process for stroke survivors and their family. March of Dimes Canada's After Stroke program is here to support everyone involved in the process.

Services include:

  • Hospital Visitation programs – Trained peers who have had a stroke and know what you are going through come to the hospital to talk and share their knowledge and experience about stroke recovery.

  • Home Adjustments Tips – Physical disabilities resulting from a stroke can make daily activities at home a challenge. View some tips to help make the transition back to your home a little easier. 

  • Assistive Devices Program – The program provides financial aid to help adults with physical disabilities after a stroke buy, repair and maintain a variety of mobile and assistive devices, including wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, aids for daily living and more.

  • Home and Vehicle Modification Program – Financial aid is available for eligible individuals to provide home and vehicle modifications. The program enables stroke survivors to continue to live accessible, independent lives in their homes, avoid job loss, and participate within their communities.   
Click here to find out more about After Stroke Hospital to Home services and programs.

After Stroke supports successful transitions 

Home to CommunityFrom Home to Community 

Time to get back to participating in your community.

After Stroke is focused on providing community-based supports that lead to community re-engagement with the goal of remaining active and healthy. 

Services include:

  • Peer Support Groups  You are not alone. Connect with fellow survivors in a support group to help you through this time. You can learn about stroke recovery, disability management, and stroke recovery resources in your area. 

  • Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program (ACDP) – ACDP is an Ontario based program for adults with aphasia and communication disabilities that can result from a stroke, run by a team of communication professionals that will help you improve communication, support independence and participation in community life.

  • Aphasia Camps – There are a number of Aphasia Camps and Retreats that are run throughout Canada that bring together people with aphasia, their families, health care professionals and volunteers. Activities are both recreational and therapeutic with the goal to help live more successfully with aphasia through participating in physical, social and educational activities in a barrier free environment.

  • Next Steps Walking Program – Next Steps is a British Columbia and an ontario based social walking program that focusses on getting out, having fun, building friendships, setting goals and staying motivated while walking. 

  • Mobility & Rehabilitation Program - Conductive Education® Rehabilitation (CE) – CE is an educational approach to rehabilitation for people who have had a stroke resulting in neuromotor disabilities that focuses on promoting independence, functional skills and mobility. Participants are taught new strategies and techniques to cope with and manage their disabilities while continuing to build on current skills.

  • TIME™ (Together in Movement and Exercise) – This community-based exercise program is geared towards people that have challenges with balance and mobility and encourages increased fitness in a safe and friendly environment.

  • Recreation and Accessible Travel  Whether you are looking for a week-long adventure or just want to meet new friends, March of Dimes Recreation and Integration Services provides you with the opportunity to enjoy beautiful destinations close to home and around the world, that are fully-accessible for people with physical disabilities.

  • Employment Services  Every year, March of Dimes Canada Employment Services helps hundreds of people with disabilities achieve greater independence by providing job training and finding them employment.