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Finding Support

Life after a stroke can bring many challenges. But with the right support, progress and recovery, joy and fulfilment are all possible. 

That’s where we come in. After Stroke is a personalized recovery program that helps survivors and their families move forward after a stroke. 

Our promise is to listen, understand and work with you to develop a plan for your stroke recovery that fits your individual needs, goals and preferences.

We will help you connect to compassionate support, educational opportunities, innovative programs, and real people who care – including stroke survivors who have been in your shoes.

Our support is available whenever you need it, for as long as you need it – no matter how recently the stroke occurred.

The first step is reaching out. You can call our After Stroke Warmline, send us a quick email, or complete our simple online form.

How can we help

Stroke affects everyone differently, and the challenges survivors and families experience can change over time. 

Once you have registered with us, your local After Stroke coordinator will contact you. They will work with you to understand your needs and goals for stroke recovery, and develop a personalized plan to help you reach them. We will regularly review and adjust this plan with you, so it is always current and relevant.

You can read about some of our programs here on this page. Your plan may include all of them, or just one or two. We can also refer you to services and resources in your local area.

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Skill development

Re-learning and practicing skills can give you a greater sense of freedom, control and independence. You may also want to explore new activities, or gain new abilities. 

Our group programs cover a wide range of skills and interests, from technology to leisure activities. These programs are also a great way to meet new people who share your experiences and interests.

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Peer support

We can connect you to other survivors and caregivers for emotional support, firsthand advice, and friendship. This includes one-to-one peer support, and online and in-person support groups. 

Our groups are safe spaces where you can share experiences, information and coping strategies.

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Exercise and movement

Exercise and mobility are important to maintaining good health after a stroke, and will help you feel more confident and independent. 

Our movement-based programs can help you regain physical function and improve your strength, balance and energy levels.

A speech pathologist helping a woman with vocal exercises.

Speech and communication

Some stroke survivors experience aphasia, which can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language. 

To help improve your speech after stroke, our aphasia programs offer information, support and the chance to practice your communication skills in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Education

The more you know about stroke, the more confident and empowered you will feel as you manage your recovery. 

Our education and training programs are delivered online and in person. They provide practical, evidence-based information about stroke, and cover topics like prevention, mobility, medications, returning to work and driving.

I was able to get in touch with people whose experiences were similar to mine. They knew what I felt and what I needed. From the hospital to home, I didn’t feel alone in my journey as a stroke survivor. Finally, I had hope.”

Patti Farnham
52 years at time of stroke

Kitchener

The first step is reaching out. Learn how After Stroke can help you on your recovery journey. 

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