Supportive Housing generally refers to a combination of housing assistance and supports that enable people to live as independently as possible in their community. Supportive Housing includes facilities such as shelters, group homes, short-term accommodations, transitional housing, rapid re-housing, and host homes. Infection prevention and control in supportive housing is a collaborative effort between the ministries of Housing (MHO), Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Community and Social Services (MCSS), and Children and Youth Services (MCYS), as well as support from other infectious disease organizations. Click one of the infection prevention and control topics below to see a list of resources for supportive housing settings.
The guidance documents below provide a broad overview of infection prevention and control practices for supportive housing settings. The documents below provide guidance for specific topics related to infection prevention and control.
Part of the most effective IPAC processes (elimination); cleaning and disinfecting of the environment is highly necessary in all settings. Please review the following guidance documents that outline proper processes for environmental cleaning and the disinfecting.
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 supportive housing settings.
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 general guidance documents for hand hygiene.
Vaccinations and vaccine promotion are key activity of infection prevention and control. This link will lead to 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.