Virtual Patient & Family Learning Centre
Welcome to the Patient and Family Learning Centre, located in the Regional Rehabilitation Centre.
On this page, you’ll find materials created by us at HHS, as well as links to additional resources online and in the community that we believe may help you or your family member through your rehabilitation journey.
As with all care and services we provide, your feedback helps us. If you have a question about something on this page or have a suggestion that could benefit others, please connect with us by emailing PFLC@hhsc.ca.
Heart and Stroke
Central South Regional Stroke Network
Acquired Brain Injury
Ontario Brain Injury Association
Spinal Cord Injury
Our Program Web Pages
Services & Supports for Living Post Injury or Illness
Ontario March of Dimes – Vehicle Modification
Ministry of Transportation – Driver’s License Medical Review
Accessible parking permit information
Volunteer and non-accessible transportation
Health Services for Hamilton Niagara Haldimand and Brant
211ontario.ca: Ontario wide directory of community services
HNHB Residential Care: Accommodations and care for yourself or your loved one
Hamilton Housing Help Centre: Low-cost rental unit postings, assistance with applying for housing and housing stability income supports, bed bug portal, landlord support
Hamilton Public Library Services
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford
Assistive Devices Program: Ontario government funding for equipment
Equipment rental and sales (HNHB Healthline)
Cancer Assistance Program
For the Needy Not the Greedy: Medical equipment and supplies (Niagara Region)
Shoppers Home Health (Wellwise)
Who Did it Club (Simcoe)
Mental Health & Addiction
Canadian Mental Health Association Hamilton
Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST): Mental health support for those in crisis.
Bounce Back: A free program that provides guided mental health self-help supports for those above age 15 using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching.
Connex Ontario: Mental health, addictions and problem gambling support for adults and frontline workers
Disability Justine Network Ontario: List of mental health services Hamilton
The Hamilton Clinic: Opiate replacement therapy clinic with Addiction Medicine Physicians, low-barrier (no ID necessary to access, have social work/counsellors within the clinic, can walk-in)
Community health clinic with overdose prevention site, clean supplies for use, ID clinic for obtaining lost/missing identification, diabetes team (IDA) that assists with diabetes education, wellness, and foot clinic, oral health program (extractions, cleanings, check-ups). Limited availability with COVID, but overdose prevention site is running with clean supplies still available.
Phone: 905-522-1155 ext. 35800
Rapid access clinic for treatment of opiate and alcohol use disorder. Offers assessments for MAT (medication-assisted treatment), such as suboxone, anti-craving medications for alcohol use disorder, and short-term treatment planning.
MASH: Men’s addiction services
24/7 crisis telephone support, residential withdrawal management, psycho-educational relapse prevention and recovery programming and treatment/next steps/referral planning, a very effective day program for clients in transition, a community tobacco addiction program and access to psychiatric sessions and a primary care physician through a partnership with the Shelter Health Network. 24/7 Access: 905 527-9264
Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Services: Call our Intake Worker at 905-546-3606 and press option 3 for help with alcohol, drugs or gambling.905-546-3606 Monday to Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm
MindBeacon: CBT therapy online covered by Government of Ontario
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
Short term vs Long Term Disability
Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits
Trillium Drug Program
Ontario Drug Benefit: Drug Benefits for Ontario residents under age 65
Disability tax credit: Many of our patients are eligible for this credit but will need to reach out either to family doctor or specialist to fill the medical portion.
Family Doctor Services
Health Care Connect: Finding a family doctor in Ontario
Aboriginal Health Services: Advocacy and Outreach Services, Health Promotion Programs,
Homelessness, Mental Health and Addictions Services, Primary Health Care (Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other allied health care professionals) Traditional Healing.
Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) Home and Community Services, formerly CCAC.
Care coordinators help patients and family members that need health care supports at home and in the community. Long term care application and list of retirement homes. See LHIN resources.
My Health GPS: LHIN service to be the one-stop line for health services information 7 days a week
VON Hamilton Community Support Services: Meals on wheels, volunteer visiting, transportation, adult day programs, caregiver support and counseling, caregiver respite services
Catholic Family Services: Therapeutic counselling for fee (some subsidies available), credit counselling, group counselling, violence intervention programs and support for people with developmental disabilities.
Meals and Grocery Stores
Heart to home
Meals on wheels
Stroke Busters: Program to reduce your risk of stroke
After Stroke Program through March of Dimes Canada
War Amps Adult Amputee Services
Amputee Coalition of Canada Peer Visiting, Life Skills Freedom through Sport Programs
Diabetes Canada: Understanding Diabetes
The Amputee Coalition of Toronto: Organizes social events, support group meetings, open-forum discussion, peer support visitation. In addition, aims to bring awareness to limb loss and provide resources for pre and post amputees.
Amputee Coalition of America: A US based online organization providing a wide range of educational topics, information and resources.
Canadian Diabetes Society: Free education sessions for people living with diabetes.
The War Amps: A national organization committed to ensuring the rights and interests of amputees in Canada. Funding and support available for includes child (CHAMPS program), war and adult amputees.
Hamilton Amputee Peer Support: Individual and group support provided by trained volunteers. Group meets via ZOOM on the second Thursday of the month 1-4PM. Coordinator: Don Prescott.
Niagara Amputee Association: Offers a variety of services, including a support group for those who have experienced pre-amputation or amputation. Also offers service for the family and friends of amputees.
Phone: 905-688-5550 ext 1-5572, 905-708-7104 (after hours).
Ongoing Rehab Support
Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant healthline: Rehabilitative Care
Mindfulness Hamilton: Weekly meditation and discussion groups designed to increase personal resiliency and compassion. Audio recordings, resources and courses offered.
YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford (virtual programs): An online community providing free health and wellness activities/resources designed to support spirit mind and body during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Adult Day Service Programs: Care for those who are able to return to the community and receive outpatient services. LHIN Home and Community Services coordinates referral to Adult Day Service Programs.