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Unique partnership makes big difference for mild stroke patients

by Osler Staff | Apr 06, 2019

After Osler patient, Taflyn Maynard experienced a stroke, she lost the ability to do crosswords, math and even speak normally, but her road to recovery was made easier and faster though Osler’s new collaborative approach to mild stroke rehabilitation.  

Osler’s Community Outreach Stroke Rehabilitation Program partnered with community therapy coordinators and service providers to give mild stroke patients even quicker access to the in-home rehabilitation services they need to recover. The result? A steep reduction in patients waiting for services and fewer patients requiring hospital admission; those who do, are returning home sooner. Prior to this initiative, patients waited six days to access intensive stroke therapy, with an eight to 24 week wait for therapy. Most notably, patients like Maynard are better able to achieve their personal rehabilitation goals.

“The window for optimal therapy is in the first three months after a stroke, so it is important for patients to get access to it early,” said Terri Lynn Hansen, Director, Access and Flow and Rehab and Complex Continuing Care at Osler. “Research shows us that patients who experienced a mild stroke are better served in the comfort of their own home, within their community. Through the rehabilitation program, patients can receive coordinated services from a single team of therapists and assistants, including speech, occupational and physiotherapists at home.”

This unique partnership began as a pilot in 2018, with 50 patients receiving collaborative care from Osler, 1 to 1 Rehab, West GTA Stroke Network and Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Home and Community Care. The results have had a significant impact on patient experience, also winning the partners a Central West LHIN Quality Award in February, after the unique approach resulted in 100 per cent patient satisfaction. 

With mild stroke patients transitioning to home sooner, Osler with the assistance of its partners is able to provide rehabilitation services to even more patients, and now every mild stroke patient who needs it, is able to receive this type of care at Osler. 

Today, Maynard has made significant strides in her recovery and credits the collaboration between the various health care and service providers. “I think my progress is all due to the programs and health system working together,” says Maynard. 

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