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Stroke Rehabilitation is a progressive, dynamic, goal-oriented process aimed at enabling a person with impairment to reach his or her optimal physical, cognitive, emotional, communicative and/or social functional level.

Stroke rehabilitation is known to reduce disability and dependence for stroke survivors, and evidence shows that more is better!

While access to stroke rehabilitation is a best practice, only 34% of all acute stroke survivors in Ontario were admitted to inpatient rehabilitation programs (Ontario Stroke Report Card 2015).


QBP Rehab Planning: Achieving Best Practice for Stroke Rehab Intensity (2015 Rehab Forum)

In 2015, participants from inpatient rehabilitation programs across the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network region assembled to learn of the latest information on rehabilitation intensity, hear of successful strategies for improving rehabilitation intensity from each other and high-performing hospitals in the province, and to develop individual action plans.

Access 2015 Rehab Forum Presentations and Handouts

Time is Function: Making it Real (2012 Rehab Forum)

Over 80 participants, representing all eight inpatient rehabilitation programs from across Southwestern Ontario, came together for a knowledge exchange event focused on sharing strategies for increasing therapy time and extending hours of activation.

Access 2012 Rehab Forum Presentations, Handouts, and Documents

Stroke Rehabilitation Forum Videos

A video produced for the 2012 Rehab Forum shows therapists within the region and stroke survivors speaking about the importance and impact of increased therapy time.

View Stroke Rehabilitation Forum Videos

Clinical Tools and Resources for [Quality Based Procedures] Implementation: Inpatient Rehabilitation

This is a provincial repository of clinical tools, protocols, and guides to support the implementation of stroke rehabilitation best practices across the stroke continuum of care.

Visit OSN Clinical Tools and Resources for Inpatient Rehabilitation Page

The  Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care give detailed recommendations to guide practice in stroke rehabilitation. These can be viewed at:

Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team:

  1. Allen, L., Richardson, M., McIntyre, A., Janzen, S., Meyer, M., Ure, D.,Willems, D., & Teasell, R. (2014). Community stroke rehabilitation teams: Providing home-based stroke rehabilitation in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences/Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques, 41(06), 697-703.
  2. Allen, L., Richardson, M., Meyer, M., Ure, D., Jankowski, S., & Teasell, R. (2013, December). Evaluating the Effectiveness of Southwestern Ontario’s Community Stroke Rehabilitation Teams. In Stroke (Vol. 44, No. 12, pp. E213-E214)
  3. Richardson, M., Allen, L., Meyer, M., Ure, D., Jankowski, S., & Teasell, R. (2013, December). Caregiver Outcomes in a Community-Based Stroke Rehabilitation Setting: Results and Tool Selection. In Stroke (Vol. 44, No. 12, pp. E221-E221).
  4. Allen L, Richardson M, McClure A, Meyer M, Ure D, Jankowski S, Teasell R. A Comparison of Rural versus Urban Stroke Survivors Treated with a Home-based, Specialized Stroke Rehabilitation Program. Stroke. 2013;44:e192.
  5. Allen L, Richardson M, Meyer M, Willems D, Teasell R. (2014) Assessing the Impact of Southwestern Ontario’s Community Stroke Rehabilitation Teams: An Economic Analysis. NeuroRehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Determining the Need for In-Patient Rehabilitation Services Post-Stroke: Results from Eight Ontario Hospitals

Stroke Rehabilitation Candidacy Screening Tool: Results of the Inter-rater Reliability Study

Stroke Rehab Pilot Project SW Ont – final

For more information about Stroke Rehabilitation in the Southwest Region, please contact:

Lyndsey Butler
Regional Rehabilitation Coordinator
Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network
Parkwood Hospital, D4-101-550
Wellington Road, London, Ontario N6C 0A7