NEW Stroke Rehabilitation Report
Report on Community Stroke Rehabilitation Models in Ontario Released:
On July 4, 2016 the Ontario Stroke Network released a report on the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Models in Ontario. The report was compiled by Laura Allen, Project Lead and Linda Kelloway, Ontario Stroke Network, Best Practice Leader in collaboration with the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Models Advisory Committee.
Four established models were identified: the South East LHINs Enhanced CCAC program, the South West LHINs Community Stroke Rehabilitation Teams, the Waterloo Wellington LHINs CCAC Stroke Program, and the Haldimand-Norfolk and Brant Community Stroke Rehabilitation Model. All programs aim to meet Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke by providing similar intensities and duration of rehabilitation services (2-3 visit/week per discipline for 8-12 weeks). Perhaps most important is the agreement in lessons learned by these programs. The importance of program monitoring and evaluation, stroke expertise in care providers, consistent and timely communication, community partnerships, and a patient centred focus were frequently cited as being important elements to success.
This project was undertaken to amalgamate the knowledge and lessons learned from the development, implementation, and successes of existing and emerging programs in an attempt to inform and guide the development of future models. It aims to inform health system planners, hospital and Community Care Access Centre directors, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care bodies, Local Health Integrated Networks, and other individuals working within the stroke system, of the ongoing work of these established programs and the experiences learned from the planning and implementation of new models across the province.