Recovering from a stroke or an acquired brain injury can be a long and difficult road. This service supports patients along the journey.
West Park Healthcare Centre's in-patient Neurological Rehabilitation Service is designed to help patients recovering from a stroke, acquired brain injury or neurological condition to reach a level of independence and return to living in the community independently or with support.
Neurological Rehabilitation Service is a transdisciplinary health care team including dietitian, neuro-psychologist, care co-ordinators, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacist, physicians, physiotherapists, a recreation therapist, speech-language pathologist and social worker.
Members of the team will meet with patients, family and friends to provide information and education on:
- Causes and effects of stroke or acquired brain injury
- Stress management
- Mobility and devices to help with day-to-day activity
The Neurological Rehabilitation Service also provides:
- Encouragement of family involvement in goal setting, treatment sessions, recreation activities, and discharge planning;
- A graduated discharge process begins with day passes, and progresses to overnight stays and weekend visits.
Patients may be referred for out-patient rehabilitation in West Park's Ambulatory Care Service, which offers services to further improve progress and independence while living in the community.
Stroke and Brain Function
Funding: The cost of the service is covered for patients with a valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. (See "Additional information" for more detail.)
Patients of West Park's Neurological Rehab Service:
- Are adults (18 years of age and older);
- Have recently experienced a stroke, or acquired brain injury (ABI) due to illness/accident or other neurological condition and would benefit from short-stay intensive rehab;
- Are medically stable (based on assessment of physiatrist or designate) and able to participate in at least one therapy session each day;
- Are reviewed by a physiatrist to determine if the patient is appropriate for this service.
A physician referral is required. To find out more on how to refer, visit here. To access the relevant referral form, click here.
For admission information, please call the Admitting Department at West Park Healthcare Centre at 416-243-3632, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For service information, please e-mail Reema.Farhat@westpark.org.
The cost of medical and professional care in standard ward accommodation (where four people share one room) is covered for patients with a valid Ontario Health Card issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Additional fees are charged for semi-private (two people per room) and private (one person per room) accommodation; details on preferred accommodation are available from West Park's Financial Services Department at 416-243-3600, ext. 2074.
In-patients unable to return to an independent lifestyle upon completion of the program will be asked to apply to three long-term-care facilities. Care co-ordinators will counsel and support patients and families throughout the placement process.