Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes (LTCRH) have infection prevention and control guidance dictated by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. This guidance is also supplemented by many external health agencies. To explore some of these infection prevention and control resources for LTCRH settings, click the one of the infection prevention and control topics below.
The best practice documents below are intended for use by healthcare professionals in long-term care homes and retirement homes. The recommendations in these best practice documents are developed through reviews of literature and consultations with experts in infectious disease, surveillance, communicable disease, and immunization.
Part of the most effective IPAC processes (elimination); cleaning, disinfecting, and reprocessing of the environment and medical equipment is highly necessary in all healthcare settings. Please review the following guidance documents that outline proper processes for environmental cleaning and the disinfecting/reprocessing of medical equipment.
Avoidance of IPAC Lapses is important in any setting. One of the key means of avoidance is through proper reporting and investigation of any IPAC lapse in a healthcare setting. The guidance documents below provide useful information on IPAC Lapses.
IPAC screening and testing are some of the best preventative and control measures for IPAC. Below you'll find some helpful resources for IPAC screening and testing for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes.
Hand hygiene is an effective strategy to prevent spread of infections. Hand hygiene is a required practice for all health care providers. It is also recommended in all national and international infection control guidelines and is a basic expectation of patients and their families. Please review the following guidance documents for hand hygiene that are appropriate for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes.
Vaccines and vaccine promotion is a key activity of infection prevention and control. Below you'll find helpful resources related to vaccine administration, promotion, and knowledge sharing.
A key component in the prevention and control of infectious disease is the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Guidelines for the proper use, donning, and doffing procedures for PPE are applicable to multiple health and community settings. Please review the following best practice documents and posters below that outline proper PPE procedures.