Welcome to the Central East Stroke Network Website

Our website provides practical tools, information, resources and learning opportunities to implement and promote stroke best practices in CESN across the care continuum.


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  • Quipit has Launched!

    The Assistive Device Exchange A.D.E. website has been rebranded and updated. Check it out!
    Independent Living Services of Simcoe County and Surrounding Area (ILS)  is thrilled to announce a FREE online classified website that helps get gently used assistive devices and home care equipment to people who need it most. Quipit is a one stop shop for people looking for equipment they need. Quipit is also a useful tool for people who find themselves with equipment they no longer require or that they’ve inherited and can’t donate.  Now it can be sold or given away on www.goquipit.com (link works best in Chrome)

    Quipit is available across Canada. At this point it has only been promoted within Simcoe County/Muskoka, GTA and surrounding areas but it is set up for a further spread.

  • New Driving Resource

    Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Transitions and Community Participation Following Stroke  state that:

    “People should be advised to stop driving for at least one month after a stroke in accordance with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators Medical Standards for Drivers”. ( 4.3A i)“The person with stroke should be made aware whether the local licencing authority has been informed that they have had a change in their medical status that will affect their ability to drive.” ( 4.3Aii)

    “People who have had one or multiple TIAs should be instructed to stop driving until a comprehensive neurological assessment (including sensorimotor function and cognitive ability) shows no residual loss of functional ability and discloses no obvious risk of sudden recurrence that could create a hazard while driving, in accordance with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) Medical Standards for Drivers”. (4.3A.iii)

    To support patient education regarding driving post stroke and TIA, the CESN worked with clinicians and patient and family partners to develop the attached resources:

    –   Patient Education Resource:   Driving After a Stroke or TIA handout

    –   Local Resources:  CESN Driving After a Stroke or TIA Resources

    Key Features of the Driving after Stroke and TIA Handout:

    –    Includes topics identified as important by both clinicians and patient and family partners

    –   Aligns with CSBPR, Canadian Medical Association Guidelines and Ministry of Transportation

    –    Incorporates quotes from individuals sharing their experiences

    Thank you to the front-line clinicians, physicians, patient and family partners from across the CESN for their invaluable input and review of these resources.

  • Stroke Recovery Video Series

    A 12-episode video series exploring issues faced by people recovering from stroke and aims to provide tools and resources to help is available on the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery website (www.canadianstroke.ca).  Each video has an accompanying resource sheet of links for additional information. The original resource sheets have been revised, with additional links and Ontario specific resources. The revised resource sheets can be accessed:  https://www.canadianstroke.ca/en/tools-resources/patients-families

    Topics addressed  include:

    ·         memory, anxiety, fatigue, attention, stress, unilateral spatial neglect, upper extremity movement, organization and planning, resilience, leisure, and functional communication.

    The stroke recovery video series was created by clinicians with the Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Team, Calgary Stroke Program/Alberta Health Services, in partnership with Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR) at the beginning of the pandemic.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic heightened awareness about the need to provide people living with stroke, their families and caregivers with strategies to manage their recoveries when access to rehabilitation therapy was not always available,” says Katie Lafferty, CEO of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. “The goal of these videos – and the accompanying resource sheets –  is to empower and educate people about some of the common side effects of stroke and help them take charge of their recovery.”

  • A Holistic Approach to Stroke Care Using the Post-Stroke Checklist

    Check out Central South Regional Stroke Network webinar presenting the evidence related to the Post-Stroke Checklist and its application in following patients living with stroke.