The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team (CSRT) provides
specialized expertise, coordinated teamwork and a personalized
approach to supporting stroke survivors in their communities. The team is
comprised of a Registered Nurse,
Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech Language
Pathologist, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist as well as Rehabilitation
Therapists. Each team member has an in-depth knowledge of their colleagues’
scopes of practice, clinical skills and expertise, which supports collaborative
role of the CSRT has been rapidly changing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of HPHA's response to the pandemic, the CSRT was partially redeployed to support the temporarily
relocated inpatient stroke rehabilitation program at the Seaforth Community
Hospital. The integration of care between hospital and home provided valuable
transition support for stroke patients and their families. In the community,
the CSRT quickly adapted by offering most rehab
services virtually. Moving forward a hybrid model of in-person
and virtual rehab is being used to optimize access to care for the individuals they serve.
Virtual care areas include stroke education and
prevention, management and rehabilitation of stoke deficits, community
reintegration as well as support for social and emotional concerns of client
and caregivers. This specialized care team has found creative ways to work on
patient goals through video, worksheets and interactive websites. The team has
grown a lot through this experience and has enjoyed using their expertise via a
new platform to create patient-centered care.
Some of the members of HPHA's Community Stroke Rehab Team
Back row L to R: Sarah
Kamachi, Occupational Therapist; Julie Huls, Rehabilitation Therapist; Ajeesh Mathew, Physiotherapist; Megan Querin, Speech Language Pathologist;Emily
Johnson, Rehabilitation Therapist; Grace Benedict, Registered Nurse
Front row L to R: Hannah
Campbell, Rehabilitation Therapist; Crystal Scott, Rehabilitatio Therapists, Erin Bickell, Social Worker
Crystal Scott, Rehabilitation
Therapist, works virtually on a therapy care plan with a client.
Holly Graham, Therapeutic
Recreation Specialist, sets up virtual care in preparation for a client visit.
Stroke & COVID-19
In Ontario, there has been a 27% drop in stroke
related presentations to emergency rooms since the beginning of the COVID-19
pandemic. Please remember to recognize the signs of stroke and call 911.
Hospitals are prepared during to deliver treatments for stroke safely during
COVID-19.Learn the signs of stroke