The CRSN originally created this page to list resources for our stakeholders during the height of the COVID pandemic. They remain relevant for other reasons. Additional resources were available to support stroke survivors, families, and caregivers in response to the pandemic. and can be found through this link.

Stroke Guidance Documents
BACKGROUND: To protect staff, facilitate infectious disease evaluations, and conserve PPE, many hospitals have made the decision to admit all COVID-19 positive patients to specialized COVID-19 units. Many of the staff on these units will not have stroke care training. Stroke guidance documents for stroke best practices have been developed to support staff unfamiliar with managing acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients. This information is intended to be “guidance rather than directive” and is not meant to replace clinical judgment.
Interdisciplinary Resources


  • Aphasia Institute Pictographs: The Aphasia Institute has developed a series of templates to facilitate conversations about COVID-19. There are templates about vaccinations, COVID screening, and giving consent to participate in online programs. To access these and other editable 'ParticiPics', visit the Aphasia Institute website.
  • Champlain Community Support Network: Access support services including pharmacy and food delivery, Meals on Wheels, telephone support, transportation options, and dementia support.
  • CorHealth COVID-19 Resource Center for Stroke: CorHealth has provided an up-to-date listing of resources that you may find useful, such as virtual rehab and online community resources. 
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation Coronavirus Resources: Information to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis for patients and caregivers living with heart disease or stroke. They include medical and social services, financial assistance, peer support, physical activity and nutrition, and Government of Canada updates. 
  • Mental Health Resources, Counselling Connect: Provides free access to a same-day or next-day phone or video counselling session. This service is for children, youth, adults, and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area. Click to book a session.
  • Mental Health Resources, Mind Beacon: Guided Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a dedicated therapist. Find out more
  • Rehab and Community Services in Champlain During COVID: This webinar provides an overview of sub-acute services that exist in the Champlain region to support transitions in care and information for regional stakeholders on modifications to sub-acute programs and services due to COVID guidelines. An archived copy dated July 9, 2020 is available from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute at:
  • Rehabilitative Care Alliance: COVID-19 Rehab Resources are provided to support rehab professionals, other clinicians and administrators as they provide and plan for care.
  • Virtual & Online Care Resources Ontario:  A list of virtual and online care resources has been created by the Ontario Regional Stroke Networks’ Community and Long-Term Care Group to share with persons living with the effects of stroke, families/informal caregivers, and health professionals.
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