other educational resources
This page includes resources created by subject matter experts within the stroke system to support best practices.
The West GTA Stroke Network (WGTASN) has created this page to list relevant COVID-related resources for our stakeholders. Documents will be uploaded as they become available.
Stroke Guidance Documents:
Note: Many hospitals have made the decision to admit all COVID-19 positive patients to specialized COVID-19 units. Many of the staff on these units will not have stroke care training. Stroke guidance documents for stroke best practices have been developed to support staff unfamiliar with managing acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients. This information is intended to be “guidance rather than directive” and is not meant to replace clinical judgment.
- Nursing Stroke Quick Reference Guide – COVID-19 Pandemic_WGTASN Version
- Virtual Care Resources - Stroke Rehab and Community - RC WGTASN Version - May 6th
- Virtual Supports_COVID_WestGTAStroke_CommunityEdition
- Aphasia Institute Pictographs: This template facilitates a conversation about COVID-19 and isolation. It includes information about physical distancing, and who to call in case of emergencies.
- Stroke Best Practices During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Heart & Stroke Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (CSBPR) Advisory Council has developed guidance on implementing evidence-based stroke care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CorHealth COVID-10 Resource Center for Stroke: CorHealth has provided an up-to-date listing of resources that you may find useful, like virtual rehab and online community resources.
To access click here.
Heart and Stroke Foundation Coronavirus Resources- Information to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis for patients and caregivers living with heart disease or stroke. Includes medical & social services, financial assistance, peer support, physical activity & nutrition, and Government of Canada updates
- To access click here
Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Programs (H-PCAP): This program focuses on effective communication. For information about the locations and referral process to programs offered in the Halton and Peel regions click on the link or call (905) 875-8474.
Introduction to Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™) eLearning: A short self-paced online module. It includes practical and video examples of concrete techniques using the evidence-based method called Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA TM). This module is a prerequisite for other Aphasia Institute trainings
ParticiPics: A searchable database of pictographic images designed to facilitate conversations
Communicative Access Measures for Stroke (CAMS): An on-line Quality Improvement tool for stroke services and/or organizations to help evaluate communicative access for your patients
March of Dimes Canada: Alternative Communication Services
Working Together Series: Thematic pictographic resources for important healthcare conversations
Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations: Rehabilitation and Recovery Post Stroke
Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery: Practical Communication Skills After Stroke
In addition, if you live in Ontario, the following resources are free through the Aphasia Institute (subject to change without notice):
Training: Free spots for healthcare providers available at the Aphasia Institute or request training for your site
Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Programs (H-PCAP): This program focuses on effective communication. For information about the locations and referral process to programs offered in the Halton and Peel regions click on the link or call (905) 875-8474
Aphasia Institute Introduction to Supported Conversation (SCA™) eModule: This is a short self-paced online module. It is a prerequisite for Aphasia Institute workshops and is hosted on the Aphasia Institute Community Hub, an online platform that enables healthcare professionals to register for professional training and to join webinars
Aphasia Institute: Find services and programs for people affected by aphasia
March of Dimes Canada: Alternative Communication Services
National Aphasia Association (US based): Contains helpful resources about aphasia
Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery Video Series: Practical Communication Skills After Stroke
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Webinar: Keeping the Conversation Going, Managing Aphasia During COVID-19 to Reduce Social Isolation
DEPRESSION POST STROKE
Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations Mood, Cognition and Fatigue Following Stroke
Screening for Post Stroke Depression (Toronto Stroke Networks Educational Video) Requires registration through the Virtual Community of Practice https://www.strokecommunity.ca/
Stroke Engine – Depression https://www.strokengine.ca/en/intervention/depression/
Champlain Stroke Network Post Stroke Depression Infographics https://crsn.ca/en/clinical-tools-resources/clinical-tools-resources-3
Evidence Based Review of Stroke Rehabilitation http://www.ebrsr.com/evidence-review/18-post-stroke-depression-and-mood-disorders
Taking Action for Optimal Community and Long Term Stroke Care https://www.heartandstroke.ca/-/media/pdf-files/what-we-do/publications/001-16-hsf_f15_tacls_booklet_en_final_linked.ashx?rev=e6435af7a3744c5bba88b24603e0529a&hash=5117C91D04446D44042D1DFE76DC650C
Differentiating Delirium, Depression and Dementia (from RVH) A self-Learning guide: http://www.tostroke.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/recognition-and-screening-of-delirium-dementia-and-depression.pdf
Champlain Regional Stroke Network Changes to Emotions and Mood Infographic https://crsn.ca/en/resources-for-stroke-care-and-recovery/tools-and-resources-patients
Guide for Stroke Recovery http://strokerecovery.guide/
Stroke Association UK: Emotional Changes After A Stroke https://www.stroke.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/f10_emotional_changes_after_stroke_v4.1_july_2020_web.pdf