April 9, 2020

Resources on Heart & Stroke website:

https://www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/coronavirus-the-information-you-need

 

Heart & Stroke has a Facebook support group for its community of survivors.

Search Heart & Stroke Community of Survivors on Facebook. This private group connects people with lived experience with stroke and heart disease. It enables people to ask questions and share ideas.

 

Stroke Best Practices Website:

This site has lots of useful information about new resources and upcoming webinars.

https://www.strokebestpractices.ca

 

A Heart & Stroke video on handwashing for someone with an affected upper limb: https://youtu.be/EOj0L03eDPs

 

Exercise programs for people recovering from stroke that can be done at home:

GRASP (Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program):

Dr. Janice Eng and her team at the University of British Columbia created the GRASP program for upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke. GRASP is used in countries all around the world. The GRASP website, which includes videos, workbooks, and more, includes many exercises that can be done at home. https://neurorehab.med.ubc.ca/grasp

FAME (Fitness And Mobility Exercise):

University of British Columbia’s fameexercise.com program for stroke recovery has a handout and instructions on how to do exercises at home during COVID-19. Videos are posted on the site. 

TIME (Together In Movement and Exercise):

The TIME Program has compiled a list of free online videos and resources to help people with mobility challenges to stay active during this time of isolation. This list was compiled by the TIME Steering Committee at Toronto Rehab-UHN, led by Margot Catizzone, TIME Program Practice Lead and Healthcare Partner Liaison.

https://www.uhn.ca/TorontoRehab/Clinics/TIME/Documents/TIME-Exercise-Wellness-Videos-for-People-with-Mobility-Challenges.pdf

 

The Canadian Disability Participation Project (CDPP)

The CDPP is offering free, telephone-based Physical Activity Coaching for Canadian adults with stroke. The service is called Get in Motion. The goal of Get in Motion is to provide an opportunity for Canadians with a physical disability to speak with a Physical Activity Coach, who will provide support to start or maintain an at-home physical activity program during the COVID-19 pandemic. To sign up for Get in Motion, please visit: https://cdpp.ca/get-involved; or send an e-mail to CDPPprojects@queensu.ca; or call (613)533-6000 x 78841 (the phone number is for Kingston Revved Up). This program is run by Queen’s University and UBC.

 

Exercise and mindfulness classes for everyone:

YMCAs across Canada have launched free online programming and workouts through a new digital platform. YMCA at Home features Y programs and workouts from YMCAs all over Canada and will help everyone get their daily dose activities and exercise. Exercise programs available include Flex, Flow, Balance, Boost, Core Gold and Grow. The activities are designed for a variety of ages and levels of ability. New activities will be added daily. https://www.ymcahome.ca

 

Virtual support groups:

March of Dimes Canada/Stroke Recovery Association of BC:

Visit https://afterstroke.marchofdimes.ca/news-events/after-stroke-virtual-activities to learn about virtual meetings and activities. March of Dimes Canada's After Stroke program says more events will be added. Learn how to connect and what is planned by visiting the website.

Telehealth resources for clinicians:

A compendium of resources on telehealth created by the Australian Stroke Foundation for clinicians around the world: https://informme.org.au/News/2020/03/26/COVID-19-Telehealth-resources

Telehealth 101 with tips and tools on how to help deliver therapy at long-distance: https://telehealthtoolbox.netlify.com

The Canadian Medical Association’s “Virtual Care Playbook” is available on LinkedIn and provides information on care delivery, developing a “webside manner” and more. https://www.linkedin.com/company/canadian-medical-association/

 

Canadian Medical Association website:

The CMA has created a COVID-19 section on its website with tools, resources and videos for clinicians, patients and families. https://www.cma.ca/cma-update-coronavirus?covid=#section-1