The update of the Stroke Best Practices (SBP) Patient and Family Guide is now available online.

Taking Charge of Your Stroke Recovery, A Survivor’s Guide to the Canadian Stroke Best Practice RecommendationsThis resource was originally created in 2008 and has been widely distributed to stroke patients and their families. This year, the resource has been updated with the HSF brand and the new SBP logo. It also has a new name: Taking Charge of Your Stroke Recovery, A Survivor’s Guide to the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations.

This resource provides stroke patients, their families and informal caregivers with a brief overview of the types of care and activities they may encounter in the early days after stroke, and then some information of the longer term recovery. It encourages stroke patients and caregivers to be informed, be involved and take action. It provides practical guidance to help patients and caregivers take a more active role in the recovery journey and get the most out of the health care system. It provides key information to help patients and families navigate through the first days and weeks after a stroke, providing the most essential information in a brief and easy to follow format.

This resource was developed with input from stroke patients and their caregivers as well as healthcare professionals across the country.

The guide includes specific information about stroke signs, emergency response to stroke, best practices in stroke care for patients in hospital and during rehabilitation. It describes the support they should receive along the way, including once they are discharged home. There are also tips for preventing another stroke and useful information to help patients adjust to their “new normal” as they face the reality of daily life after a stroke. A post-stroke checklist provides a comprehensive and practical list of issues to assess which can be completed by a healthcare provider or patient or their caregiver. Each item on the list is accompanied by actions to support the recovery process. The post-stroke checklist enables patients, caregivers and family members to have meaningful discussions with members of the healthcare team to ensure all needs for recovery are addressed.

This resource is intended as a brief summary and is complimentary to the longer patient information guide being updated to replace the previous Let’s Talk about Stroke. The longer document is expected to be available sometime in the new year.

You can download Taking Charge of Your Stroke Recovery, A Survivor’s Guide to the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations in English or French at www.strokebestpractices.ca.

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[mini-icon icon=”download”] Download the English version here.

[mini-icon icon=”download”] Download the French version here.