There are many videos and publications about stroke care available online. Below are some of the resources that we recommend.  Click here to find additional resources that have been created to support stroke survivors, families, and caregivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Acute Stroke Treatment

© Medtronic, Inc. 2019

Don't Drive, Call 9-1-1

Don't Drive, Call 9-1-1 F.A.S.T.

Produced by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network 2019

Handwashing Technique
Handwashing Technique for People with Stroke and a Weak or Flaccid Arm

Technique presented by Rebecca, an Occupational Therapist Reg. (Ont.) at Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada

Practical post-stroke tutorials

“How to enhance conversations when the person you care about has communication deficits” brought to you by the Champlain Regional Stroke Network, the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Click here to access the video series.

Personal Care

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has put together helpful hints and videos on personal care. There are tips from how to make dressing easier, to lists of items to keep in the bathroom and shower area.  Click here. 

Shoulder Pain

Life after Stroke: Avoid or Reduce Shoulder Pain

Produced by Lakeridge Health, Durham, Ontario

Stroke and Fatigue

L'AVC, la fatigue, ma vie - A documentary

A documentary (lasting 40 minutes) presenting how fatigue impacts daily life of five individuals and what strategies they use to effectively cope with fatigue was produced in March 2019. Click here for more information from Stroke Engine on post-stroke fatigue.

Stroke Recovery Video Series

This video series was created over the past few months by clinicians with the Calgary Stroke Program/Alberta Health Services, in partnership with Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR).

Click here to access the videos on topics including memory, anxiety, fatigue, attention, stress, unilateral spatial neglect, upper extremity movement, organization and planning, resilience, leisure and functional communication.

Stroke and Your Recovery Video Series

After a stroke, patients and their caregivers are often left with many questions related to recovery. This educational video series developed by health care experts, patients and caregivers, is designed to support you in the recovery journey and provide practical advice you can refer to again and again. Click here to access the video series

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Aerobic Exercise after Stroke - Patient's Guide

A focus of the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery is the role of exercise in improving physical and cognitive recovery after stroke. This resource guide has been developed based on the best practice recommendations for aerobic exercise after stroke. Click here to read.

Driving After a Stroke or TIA in Ontario - Information for me and my family

This patient-focused resource guides the stroke survivor's return to driving following their stroke. It is intended for use by both health care providers (to help guide the return to driving conversation) and patients (by demystifying the return to driving process). The appendixes provide additional information and aphasia-friendly flow charts to simplify the journey back to driving for survivors. There are two separate booklets to view. Click here for the Driving after Stroke booklet and click here for the Driving after TIA booklet.

*Please click 'Français' at the top of the page for the French version of each booklet. Stroke booklets are also available in Arabic, Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. TIA booklets also in Arabic, Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle (IDHC)

Stroke shares many risk factors with diabetes and there are a number of preventative strategies in common.  The Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle's vision is to strengthen indigenous community capacity in order to reduce the impact of diabetes. The IDHC strives to achieve this vision by promoting holistic wellness models, building on traditional teachings and best practices to develop and provide programs, education and resources, and by building relationships and community capacity.  In all this “IDHC recognizes and respects personal choices, autonomy and diversity.”  Click here for the IDHC resources and a link to their website. 

Wabano Centre Ottawa

The Wabano Centre in Ottawa also provides healthcare Services from an Indigenous perspective. They strive to practice wholistic health, including four aspects of wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Click here for Wabano's health promotion resources such as healthy eating. Their website is found at  

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Rehabilitation is a process to help you recover as many abilities as possible. This recovery is personal and will be different for every individual. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has put together several guides to help you. Click here for tips on Rehabilitation and Recovery

You may hear the term transitions of care. This refers to the movement of people across various healthcare locations, settings, and providers. Community is defined as the physical and social environment where individuals may live after a stroke. Click here for tips on transitions and community participation.

Stroke Engine

The Heart and Stroke Foundation's Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery has put together this review of over 90 assessment tools useful in stroke rehabilitation. There are also online educational modules with practical information. Click here for the Stroke Engine website

Stroke in Young Adults: A resource book for patients and families

Prepared by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, this booklet is for young adults, their families and caregivers. It is intended to complement other stroke resources. Click here to read.

Taking action for optimal community and long-term stroke care (TACLS)

This resource produced by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada provides guidance to healthcare staff on how to care for people after they leave the acute care setting. Stroke survivors and caregivers may also find this resource helpful with its focus on rehabilitation and recovery. Click here to read.

Your Stroke Journey

This guidebook was produced by the Heart and Stroke Foundation for adults who have had a stroke.  Caregivers, family members and friends may also find helpful strategies to support loved ones in their recovery and return to daily life. Click here to read.

Virtual (online) Healthcare Sessions

Currently, many health appointments are being offered online and not in person. The Heart and Stroke Foundation has prepared a guide to help you make the most of that time. Click here for your guide to efficient and effective virtual healthcare sessions.

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