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Stroke Resources Website Connects Caregivers With Support Services in Ontario

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February 29, 2016, by Hannele Kivinen, Caregiver Exchange

Older man crouching to talk with older woman in wheelchair Adjusting to life after a stroke can be very challenging for caregivers. They may have to cope with behavioural changes, help with physical rehabilitation, work through speech and communication problems, and adapt to changed life roles. Depending on the severity of the stroke, they may even have to provide around-the-clock supervision.
 
“During discussions with stroke survivors and their families, we repeatedly heard that they wanted to learn what services were available to people with stroke,” says Gwen Brown, Regional Stroke Community & Long-Term Care Coordinator with the Stroke Network of Southeastern Ontario. “We often hear about the need for information related to rehabilitation, transportation, community services, psychosocial support, recreation, adapted equipment, home renovation and income assistance.”
 
In Ontario, stroke-related services can be found on thehealthline.ca, a comprehensive, province-wide database of health care and community services. Listings are organized by fourteen regions.
 
A special “Stroke Resources” button can be found on thehealthline.ca home page for most regions. It connects to a regional Stroke Resources microsite. The microsite offers a menu of caregiver supports relevant to stroke. Menu items include emotional support for the caregiver, being a young caregiver, respite and adult day programs, hospice and palliative care, caring for your loved one, and behavioural support.
 
Clicking a menu item on the microsite brings users to a list of relevant services in their region. Details provided for each service include location, contact information, referral requirements (if any), fees (if any), and a description of the supports provided.
 
Each microsite was created in partnership with the regional Ontario Stroke Network and the regional Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). The initial template was developed with input from both stroke survivors and caregivers, who used their own personal experience to help identify what information people might need.
 
Beyond listings of caregiver supports, each microsite provides additional information that can be useful to caregivers of stroke survivors.

To explore, visit thehealthline.ca.

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  04/06/2016
Interesting.