Early mobilization for acute stroke and acquired brain injury patients helps reduce frustration and improve their socialization with family and caregivers. Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE grant, the Rehabilitation Stroke Team has two new specialized wheelchairs that support these clients more comfortably and safely, and help promote quicker progress getting into and out of bed independently.
Exercise programmes and physical activity counselling have been shown to be an integral part of self-management strategies for people living with chronic disease. The expertise of physiotherapists has been used to develop a training package to train fitness instructors to deliver a community exercise programme for people living with stroke. This approach provides improved access to stroke-specific exercise programmes and will better allow community-dwelling people with stroke to maintain function and mobility while more fully participating in their community.
Click to listen to this page using ReadPlease The ultimate goal of this project is to build capacity in the health care system by providing a safe and effective community exercise programme focussed on and accessible to people living with stroke.
An instructor training package was produced in DVD format in order to provide a standardized, competency-based approach to training. Completion of the training programme enables non-health care professionals to deliver an exercise programme based on best practice to people living with stroke. This strategy is one way to utilize the expertise of physiotherapists, while more fully integrating community programmes into the continuum of stroke care.
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Please note: The demonstration videos provided are abbreviated versions of the “Fitness Instructor Training Programme: Community-Based Exercise for People Living with Stroke”. The videos are designed to provide an overview only and highlight specific features and the general content included in the full training package.
Fitness Instructor Training Programme
Community-Based Exercise for People Living with Stroke
Created by: Esmé French, Anne MacLeod & Kirsti Reinikka, Physiotherapists
North West Local Health Integration Network
Ontario Stroke System-Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion-Communities in Action Fund
We would like to sincerely thank all the stroke survivors and their care partners who participated in, and supported this project!