The Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network is proud to announce the official launch of the 2016 Stroke Rehabilitation Unit Orientation.

This resource was developed by the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network to support the education of regulated health professionals by providing a framework for learning, and by identifying knowledge, skills and values that cross the core competencies of all the disciplines and are important to the delivery of best practice stroke care.

This free self-directed learning program includes quizzes, and covers 12 core stroke care topics:

  • Pathophysiology of stroke neuroanatomy, and stroke syndromes
  • Stroke rehabilitation management
  • Monitoring for vascular risk factors
  • Continence
  • Swallowing, nutrition, and oral care
  • Communication
  • Cognition, vision, and perception
  • Self-care, vision, and activities of daily living
  • Positioning, transfers, and ambulation
  • Mood and behaviour changes
  • Sexuality post-stroke
  • Secondary stroke prevention

Target Audience
While the target audience is nurses that are new to practicing in a stroke rehabilitation unit, this resource can be used by any professional discipline who works within the rehabilitation setting.

Access to Resource
Designated Stroke Rehab Sites in the Erie-St. Clair LHIN and South West LHIN will each receive a hard copy of this resource. However, a free online copy is also available to anyone at: by clicking on the “Stroke Rehabilitation Unit Orientation” heading.

An electronic evaluation of this orientation can be located at the above link. Your feedback is greatly appreciated as the content will be reviewed and updated every two years to remain current and relevant to the intended audience.

Please disseminate the attached flyer to those who may be interested.

Please contact Deb Willems, Regional Rehabilitation Coordinator, or Lyndsey Butler, Regional Education Coordinator, if you have any questions.