June 2015

Rehabilitative Care in Waterloo Wellington

June is both Stroke Awareness Month and Brain Injury Awareness Month.  

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada. In Waterloo Wellington, approximately 700 people will have a stroke this year. The Waterloo Wellington LHIN is focused on expanding integrated programs that ensure our residents are getting the best possible care. Improving rehabilitative services is a part of that focus. 

In 2013, our Board of Directors approved the integration of stroke services throughout Waterloo Wellington.  

“Stroke integration and the programs made possible through the integration allow us to literally save lives and help people get better faster,” said Bruce Lauckner, CEO, Waterloo Wellington LHIN  “We’re closing gaps and ensuring best practice in stroke care, and creating better health and a better future for stroke survivors in our community.” 

In 2014, an additional investment of 1.6 million was made into the newly integrated stroke system to fund home-based care and speech-language support along with other improvements to the delivery of stroke care in hospitals. As a result of the stroke program integration and this funding additional funding, almost 10,000 more home care visits were made to stroke survivors to support their recovery and as many as 100 more residents will return home after a stroke rather than going to long-term care. 

But recovering from a stroke is not the only reason our residents need coordinated rehab services. More than 500,000 Canadians suffer from other forms of brain injury each year. This includes brain damage caused by concussions, trauma, infection or disease. 

In early 2015, our Board of Directors also provided funding to Traverse Independence to begin work on the Integrated Acquired Brain Injury Stream of Care project. Lead by Karen Conway, the project’s objectives are to identify a patient’s current journey through the health system after diagnosis, research best practices for rehabilitation and support services and develop a common care pathway that will be implemented across the LHIN.  

The implementation of best practices for care and a better coordinated health system means more people are surviving both strokes and traumatic events that cause other brain injuries. 

This work will result in a fully coordinated system for those who need rehabilitative care as a result of an acquired brain injury.  

For more information about stroke or ABI rehab services contact: 

Traverse Independence 
Toby Harris

1382 Weber Street East
Kitchener, ON N2A1C4

Grand River Hospital Stroke Program
Jennifer Breaton,Grand River Hospital

519 749 4300

Meet Jennifer Breaton,

Waterloo Wellington Stroke Program Director

Jennifer Breaton