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Return to Work

Working PeopleThere are over 21,000 people who experience a stroke each year in Ontario(1) and approximately 25% of stroke survivors are people under the age of 65, some in the prime of their working life. Research indicates that return to work rates after stroke are as low as 7% (4).

Employment is one of the most important social roles that a person fulfills and not working has negative impacts on a person’s overall quality of life, health, finances, social isolation and self-efficacy (5,6). Stroke survivors and health care professionals need resources to help them navigate the process of return to work after stroke.

This informative website will provide stroke survivors, family members and healthcare providers with:assistance to navigate the process of return to work local and provincial resources that provide guidance, support and assistance an online self assessment guide to focus individual recovery efforts and provide information about ability or readiness to return to work

Please return to this website as many times as you wish!  Get started by clicking on the link below.

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  1. Ontario Stroke System (OSS) Stroke Evaluation Advisory Committee (April 2010). Ontario Stroke Evaluation Report 2010: Technical Report
  2. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. www.heartandstroke.ca
  3. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario: Best Practice Guideline for Stroke Care: A Resource Implementing Optimal Stroke Care. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 2003.
  4. Saeki S: Disability management after stroke: Its medical aspects for workplace accommodation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2000; 22: 578-582.
  5. Wolfenden, B, Grace M: Returning to work after stroke: a review. International Journal of Rehabil Res. 2009; 32: 93-97.
  6. Vestling M, Tufvesson B, Iwarsson S: Indicators for return to work after stroke and the importance of work for subjective well-being and life satisfaction. J Rehabil Med 2003: 35:127-131.