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Stroke & Neurological Rehabilitation

This program is for patients who exhibit functional deficits of neurogenic origin caused by strokes, multiple sclerosis, Guillain Barré syndrome and other neuro-degenerative diseases. We also treat patients with neurological deficits related to recent neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.

Referrals & Admissions

Inpatient Referral Forms

Inpatient Admission Criteria

  • Medically stable with no significant fluctuations in medical status within 72 hours.
  • Motivated to participate in rehab, has active rehab goals, and is able to participate in two sessions of active rehab therapy five to seven days a week.
  • Able to sit unsupported for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Patient's cognitive abilities and state of mental health support participation in active rehab.
  • AlphaFIM score is greater than 55
  • Completed or scheduled video fluoroscopy, MRI or CT Scan, where applicable.

Special needs accommodated (on a case-by-case basis) include the following:

  • IV therapy (PICC and portacath only)
  • Intermittent oxygen therapy/home oxygen
  • Tracheotomy (must by corked)
  • Intermittent tube feeds (PEG tube only)
  • Ostomy

Outpatient Referral Forms

Download our Outpatient Referral Form on our referral information page.

Please include all relevant medical/therapy reports with your application

Outpatient Admission Criteria

  • Has active rehab goals and is able to participate and tolerate increasing amount of rehab therapy.
  • Has adequate cognitive communication abilities for rehab.
  • Has a reliable means of transportation.

woman lacing up her shoesProgram Details

Individually customized rehabilitation programs are developed for each patient with a focus on addressing complex health, social and emotional issues. The program is Aphasia-friendly.

The inpatient and outpatient teams represent a full range of rehabilitation professionals and medical specialists who work with patients and their families to help them achieve a high quality of life and independence, expedite their recovery and return to the community and the workplace.

Comprehensive education and support programs help patients manage speech and cognitive impairments, maintain promote optimal health and wellness and decrease risk of further stroke or brain injury.

Patients can also access fee-for-service care such as massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and chiropody services to complement their rehabilitation.

Referrals to the hospital's outpatient program are available, which provides a seamless continuum of rehabilitation services. Outpatient referrals are welcome from family physicians throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Program backgrounder

St. John's Rehab at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is dedicated to specialized rehabilitation. Our stroke and neurological rehabilitation program is for patients who are recovering from strokes, Multiple Sclerosis and other neuro-degenerative diseases, recent neurosurgery and neuro-oncology.

  • Program partners include the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Community Care Access Centre, Acquired Brain Injury Network, Alzheimer Association, The Aphasia Institute, Guillain-Barré Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ontario March of Dimes and Stroke Recovery Association.
  • Our multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals develops realistic goals and timelines with each patient and keeps in close contact with the patient and his or her family. This helps achieve maximum recovery, independence and quality of life.
  • The individually customized program consists of assessment, treatment and support focused on the whole person - body, mind and spirit. Patients receive customized rehabilitation programs that address their individual health, social and emotional issues.
  • Our program is Aphasia-friendly.
  • We offer comprehensive education and support programs to help patients manage speech and cognitive impairments, maintain promote optimal health and wellness, and decrease risk of further stroke or brain injury.
  • Once discharged, patients can benefit from a seamless continuum of care by being referred to our outpatient rehabilitation program.
  • Our highly skilled and committed multidisciplinary rehab team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, speech-language pathologists, pharmacists, physicians, dietitians, social workers, psychologists and spiritual care.
  • As a teaching hospital for the University of Toronto, we excel in teaching and researching rehabilitation care. We have established a Neuroscience Alliance with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care to advance research and ensure patients get the best neurological care when and where they need it.

Our stroke and neurological program patients

April 2014 - March 2015

  • Inpatients admitted: 356
  • Outpatient visits: 17,453
  • Average active rehab length of stay: 26 days
  • Average age of patients: 70 years old
  • Patients aged 55 or older: 84 per cent
  • Gender of patients: 50 per cent male, 50 per cent female

Canadian stroke facts

  • According to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada :
    • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada. 6% of all deaths in Canada are due to stroke.
    • Each year, about 14,000 Canadians die from stroke. More women than men die from stroke.
    • More than 50,000 strokes occur in Canada each year. That's one stroke every 10 minutes.
    • A stroke survivor has a 20% chance of having another stroke within 2 years.
    • Stroke costs the Canadian economy $3.6 billion a year.

Location and contact

Stroke & Neurological Rehabilition Program

St. John's Rehab
285 Cummer Avenue,
Toronto, ON M2M 2G1

Phone: 416-226-6780
Fax: 416-226-5406

Email us

Program Brochure

Stroke Rehabilitation program brochure

PDF Download Download our Stroke Rehabilitation program brochure (PDF, 1.4 MB)

For referring organizations:
If you would like copies of our brochures for you and your patients, please fill out our Printed Material Request Form.