Connecting those who have been affected by stroke to survivors and caregivers

Connections is a coordinated education and support program for those new to stroke. With the support of area Hospitals and in collaboration with the stroke community, SSA provides critical and timely introduction to the stroke community and supports.

Connections assists people who have been affected by stroke by giving the message of hope & encouragement, decreased loneliness, and feelings of being different. In addition to care partners, family and friends, it is an important source of companionship at a time when people have to deal with life changes.

Peer to Peer Visitation Program: If you or a family member have been affected by stroke, visits are available on the acute care floors while your loved one are in the hospital, rehabilitation facilities & Community.

Family members or health professionals can refer to SSA (please print Connections Referral Form and fax to 613-237-0650).
1. Visits will be made while you are on the acute care floor by a trained stroke survivor or care partner.
2. Provide community information package to help navigate to post stroke programs, resources and support.
3. Call backs after initial visit in community if requested.

Living With Stroke Program:

Living with Stroke self-management program is an interactive six week for people living with stroke, family members and friends. Take the opportunity to connect with others living with stroke in your community and share experiences.

Led by trained volunteers stroke survivors & care partners, the sessions are highly interactive and focus on building skills and sharing experiences and support.

It is a FREE 6 week course to help stroke survivors and family members manage the challenges of living with stroke. Six weekly-two hour sessions are offered. Topics include:
– Learning coping strategies to deal with your condition
– Understand treatment options
– Dealing with communication & cognitive challenges
– Relaxing and managing stress
– Share experiences with others with Stroke
– Learn to work in partnership with your health care team