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Bridgepoint is a leading provider of stroke rehabilitation, recognized with Stroke Distinction from Accreditation Canada for our exceptional commitment to excellence, innovation, high-quality services, and positive outcomes.

Bridgepoint provides an integrated team approach to caring for stroke patients and helping them get back to their lives. Our unique approach integrates research, teaching, best practice and innovative practices to understand the opportunities and clinical care that make the greatest impact for complex patients.

In 2018-2019, Bridgepoint has the best length of stay efficiency in the Toronto Central LHIN - meaning our stroke patients see more functional improvement in a shorter amount of time. Because of this, we are able to care for more patients.

Number of Admissions to High Intensity Programs Average Length of Stay for High Intensity Stroke Rehab 2018-2019 stroke cases by Referral sources

Bridgepoint's Stroke Programs

Stroke Inpatient Rehabilitative Program is integrated across two units with both high intensity and reconditioning rehabilitation approaches that allow the interprofessional stroke team to tailor rehab treatment to individual patient goals, abilities and progress.

The goal of the program is to optimize the patient’s functional outcomes, independence, health and well-being with an expectation that they will transition back to the community either independently or with support from Bridgepoint’s outpatient clinics or other community services.

 High Intensity Stroke Care

  • High intensity rehab program for patients who have experienced moderate to severe impairment resulting from a stroke
  • Includes 180 minutes of therapy per day, 6 days a week (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language pathology)

Reconditioning Stroke Care

  • Lower intensity rehab program for patients who require a slower paced therapy program or who may require a longer length of stay
  • Patients are provided with the amount of therapy based on their individualized assessment and treatment plan

Specialized Medical and Complex Care

  • Designed for patients with significant health impairments who have finished a course of rehab or are not able to participate in a rehab program
  • Emphasis on stabilization, health, optimization, functional maintenance and risk reduction

Outpatient Stroke Care

  • Held at the Christine Sinclair Ambulatory Care Centre
  • A short-term intensive active rehab program
  • Includes therapy (group and individual), education and case management services

 Patient Perspectives

"All of my leaps and bounds at Bridgepoint were huge. My care providers taught me to think of things as challenging, but not hard. For me, the choice to be more positive was vital." -Carrie Bayes (Read Carie's story)

"I knew rehab would be pivotal in my recovery. At such a young age, I wanted to make sure I got the best care possible - and Bridgepoint was the easy choice!" -Erin Thompson (Read Erin's story)

"When I arrived at Bridgepoint in January, I was in a wheelchair, and I was scared. I'll never forget the porter who took me to my first physio session. He reassured me that he'd seen people achieve remarkable things at Bridgepoint. That really lifted me. When I was discharged in February, I was walking with a cane. I'm happy, fortunate and grateful - and I couldn't have done it without Bridgepoint." -Dale Herceg (Read Dale's story)

Stroke Education Series

Research shows that the optimal time for recovery from a stroke is in the first six months. The Stroke Education Series helps patients and caregivers become involved and engaged in the recovery process.  A cycle of six education modules are available to stroke patients, their families and friends.  One session is run each Thursday afternoon with a repeat of the session on Saturday afternoon.  Some topics include:  introduction to stroke, physical and emotional recovery following stroke and transitioning home. Sessions are led by members of our ambulatory care and inpatient stroke teams. The goal is to help patients and caregivers learn about their recovery – from rehabilitation to finding resources in the community.

Click to view the Stroke Education Series presentations  
Module 1              
Module 2  
Module 3  
Module 4  
Module 5  
Module 6  

Introduction to Stroke is the first video in a series of six aimed at educating stroke survivors and their caregivers about stroke and the recovery process.

This video will explore the types of stroke, stroke symptoms along with stroke prevention strategies.

 

Stroke Rehabilitation Quality Improvement Initiatives

Sinai Health System in partnership with WoodGreen Community Services received one of four grants awarded across Ontario in order to improve the health care experience for caregivers. The Cultivating Change project was selected in spring 2017 to be part of The Change Foundation’s Changing CARE initiative. The Change Foundation is an independent think-tank that invests in projects to improve health care across the province. The end date for this project is March 2020.

What is the Cultivating Change Project?

Experience based co-design methods have been used throughout the project which bring health care providers and caregivers together as partners to identify gaps and design solutions. The project consists of four change ideas:

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Peer-to-peer Support Group

Formal Support Group

Caregiver Training & Education