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Innovative Journey to Stroke Recovery Program

Starting a rehab program as soon as possible after a patient experiences a stroke can make a real difference when it comes to regaining skills and abilities. But for severe stroke patients, active rehab - which is typically short, intense and delivered in an acute care hospital - may not be possible due to the extent of brain injury.

Runnymede Healthcare Centre has embarked on a collaborative pilot project with Trillium Health Partners (THP) to address the need for severe stroke patients to receive rehabilitation tailored to their unique needs. The Innovative Journey for Stroke Recovery program brings severe stroke patients, who have stabilized in acute care at THP, to Runnymede to participate in the Low Tolerance Long Duration (LTLD) Rehabilitation Program

According to West GTA Stroke Network, approximately 20% of stroke patients experience what is considered to be a severe or hemorrhagic stroke, which is caused by breaks in the blood vessels in the brain. There is growing evidence that these severe stroke patients could benefit from a less intense stream of rehabilitation earlier in their recovery journey, with the optimal goal of increasing rehab intensity and frequency as the patient’s tolerance to engage in these activities increases.

Patients who enter the new stroke recovery program will receive customized rehabilitation and care at Runnymede, and be reassessed on day 30 for their potential to either return to active rehab at THP or continue in the LTLD program with the goal of returning home.

Chief Planning and Communications Officer, Sharleen Ahmed says "the first patient admitted into the new program showed great gains in the first 30 days of LTLD rehab and was successfully able to transition back to THP for active rehab. We’re looking forward to seeing this trend continue with similar gains for future patients."

The Innovative Journey for Stroke Recovery program ensures that each patient’s rehab potential is being optimized with the right care at the right time in the most appropriate setting and could result in better outcomes such as reduced length of hospital stay and lower mortality rates for these patients.

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