other educational resources

This page includes resources created by subject matter experts within the stroke system to support best practices. 

Covid-19 resources

COVID-19 RESOURCES

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.

Interdisciplinary Resources:

  • 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. 

  • 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  

APHASIA RESOURCES

RESOURCES FOR PROVIDERS

West GTA Stroke Network Aphasia Awareness Infographic

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.

H-PCAP 10 Most Important Things You Should Know Aphasia Infographic

H-PCAP Aphasia Bill of Rights

Champlain Regional Stroke Network Aphasia Infographic

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

Champlain Regional Stroke Aphasia Series (Communication) Videos

Aphasia Friendly Canada (Based in Windsor Ontario):  The Aphasia Friendly Business Campaign aims to educate local businesses about aphasia and advocate for the rights of people with aphasia to receive access to goods and services

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

RESOURCES FOR PERSONS WITH STROKE

West GTA Stroke Network Aphasia Awareness Infographic

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

H-PCAP Aphasia Bill of Rights

H-PCAP 10 Thing You Need to Know Aphasia Infographic

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

Champlain Regional Stroke Network Aphasia and Communication Infographic

March of Dimes Canada: Alternative Communication Services

National Aphasia Association (US based): Contains helpful resources about aphasia

Wallet Cards Template

Wallet Card text_large version

Vulnerable Persons Registry Program

Supportive Conversation

Ontario Photo Card

Medical Alert Info

Disability Travel Card

Clarity P300 Amplified Photo Phone

Aphasia Script_English

Aphasia Hope is a four letter word blurb

Access 2 Entertainment

Accessibility Options for Bell Cell Phone Users - Handout

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

RESOURCES FOR PROVIDERS

Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations Mood, Cognition and Fatigue Following Stroke

https://www.strokebestpractices.ca/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