“They think outside the box,” says stroke survivor of March of Dimes caregivers

Originally from SooToday.

The Sault’s John Luszka credits a recently-expanded program with helping him in his ongoing recovery from a major stroke he suffered March 20, 2015.

The stroke led to a five-month hospital stay.

Since then, Luszka has been helped by the Post-Stroke Transitional Care Program, which includes a stroke navigator and support services delivered by the Northern Ontario Independent Living Association (NILA) and its Sault partner, the March of Dimes.

A stroke navigator (or community navigator) works with stroke survivors and their caregivers in helping the survivor transition back to life in the community after being discharged from hospital.

Between 2012 and 2015, a study was led by the Northeastern Ontario Stroke Network involving over 250 participants and over 100 stroke survivors.

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