Community Reintegration – A return to participation in desired and meaningful activities of daily living, community interests and life roles following a stroke event. The term encompasses the return to mainstream family and active community living and continuing to contribute to one’s social groups and family life. Community reintegration is a component in the continuum of care post stroke; rehabilitation helps clients identify meaningful goals for community reintegration and through structured interventions facilitates resumption of these activities to the best of their abilities. The stroke survivor, family, friends, stroke recovery associations, rehabilitation programs and the community at large are all integral to successful community reintegration.
Successful community reintegration may require health services and community-support services that aim to optimize patient and family functioning and maximize quality of life after return to the community. To achieve these goals, the following are examples of services that may be required for stroke patients, their families and informal caregivers: social support, monitoring of caregiver burden and depression and family interactions, family education interventions, adaptation of social and leisure activities post stroke, leisure therapy, and encouragement to actively participate in all aspects of society.