Tools and Resources
of Stroke Rehabilitation
CPSR-funded Reactive Balance Training Toolkit: CPSR researchers have launched a valuable toolkit to help people practice and improve control of their balance reactions and prevent falls, especially after stroke. This toolkit is for health-care professionals who treat clients for problems with balance or increased falls risk. Learn more and access it free here: https://kite-uhn.com/tools/rebal
CPSR-funded Canadian Stroke Community-based Exercise Recommendations Update 2020: The Canadian Stroke Community-based Exercise Recommendations (CSCER) were developed to support the translation of best evidence (research, best practice guidelines, and expert opinion) into clear recommendations for program and exercise providers to support the implementation of safe and appropriate exercise programs for people with stroke in a variety of community settings. Learn more and access them free here: http://canstrokecommunityexercise.ca/
CPSR research leaders Dr. Mark Bayley and Dr. Liz Inness are among members of a Toronto Rehab team that developed a robust, homegrown, Telerehabilitation Toolkit for Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs to ensure more rehabilitation centres can optimize their own delivery of virtual care. Read more about the toolkit and access it at no cost here: https://www.uhn.ca/corporate/News/Pages/Telerehabilitation_is_here_to_stay_are_you_optimizing_your_delivery.aspx
Stroke Recovery in Motion Planner is an evidence-informed, step-by-step toolkit designed to help anyone interested in developing and providing community-based physical activity programs for people with stroke. Click this link to read the March of Dimes news release and link to order the free planner.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has developed a website for people working in the field of stroke. It includes information about research programs, funding opportunities and professional development resources. Visit hsf.ca/research/
Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care website includes best practice guidelines on stroke rehabilitation, performance measurement and evaluation tools, the latest research evidence, information on “Stroke Services Distinction” accreditation, and more. It also includes resources and tools for clinicians to distribute to patients and families, including Getting On With the Rest of Your Life After Stroke, and the Patient and Family Guide to Pediatric Stroke. Visit www.strokebestpractices.ca
perinatalstroke.com The website of the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program including the latest research and resources on stroke in children.
Visit our YouTube channel for educational and self-management videos on stroke recovery. The videos cover a large range of topics related to recovery and include accompanying resource sheets with further links and resources. https://www.youtube.com/user/canadianstroke/videos
You can view RESOURCE sheets on each of the video topics, specifically tailored for an Ontario audience, here:
ANXIETY & FRUSTRATION: ManagingAnxiety&Frustration.pdf
RECREATION & LEISURE: Rec&Leisure.pdf
SELF-CARE & PSYCHOLOGICAL RESILIENCE: Self-Care&PsychologicalResilience.pdf
ORGANIZING, PLANNING & PROCESSING: OrganizationPlanning&Processing.pdf
MANAGING ATTENTION: ManagingAttention.pdf
MEMORY IMPAIRMENTS: MemoryImpairments.pdf
PRACTICAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS: PracticalCommunicationSkills.pdf
UNILATERAL SPATIAL NEGLECT: UnilateralSpatialNeglect.pdf
UPPER EXTREMITY MANAGEMENT: UpperExtremityManagement.pdf
Several years ago, we collaborated on the creation of a 60-page resource guide on Stroke in Young Adults, which can be downloaded HERE. It provides insight into the unique challenges faced by young adults, ages 18-45, who are living with stroke. The incidence of stroke is growing most rapidly among people ages 20 to 40 in Canada.
A focus of our research community is the role of exercise in improving physical and cognitive recovery after stroke. As such, we have developed two resource guides – one for PATIENTS and one for CLINICIANS. Both are based on best practice recommendations for Aerobic Exercise after Stroke.
March of Dimes Canada has a terrific site with resources, videos, tools, events, virtual support groups, workbooks and more for individuals recovering from stroke and for caregivers. https://afterstroke.marchofdimes.ca
7 Steps to Stroke Recovery is a great video produced by the Stroke Recovery Association of BC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHJL42xFuz8
Listen to survivors’ stories about Life After Stroke and Hope, also produced by the Stroke Recovery Association of BC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk4bfU11K64