Stroke is the leading causes of disability in Canada and the third leading cause of death in Ontario. Evidence shows that access to stroke care based on best practices means for stroke survivors:
- Reduced risk of death and severe disability
- Improved functional capacity.
- Increased likelihood of returning to own home and reduced need for long-term care.
- Reduced risk of another stroke.
- Improved quality of life for both the survivor and their family.
In alignment with the work of Stroke Rehab Streams of Care, WWCCAC is working towards a Stroke Community Model that will support a seamless transition in care from acute hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation services to help patients recover at home.
As of Nov 20th 2013, WWCCAC will be implementing the interim phase of the Stroke Community Model. This means that eligible hospital stroke patients will now receive rehabilitation therapy in home after their discharge as per best practice stroke guidelines.