Long-Term Care and Other Congregate Settings

What to do in outbreak

If you have questions about an outbreak in your facility, or you think your facility is in an outbreak situation, you must notify Huron Perth Public Health. If you get a voicemail, press “0” and ask to be redirected to someone who can assist you.

If it is outside of business hours (8:30AM– 4:30PM, Monday to Friday) please call our after-hours number1-800-431-2054. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Huron Perth IPAC Hub

The  IPAC Hub was established in response to the Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of the COVID-19 initiative. The role of the IPAC Hub is to provide ongoing support, guidance and IPAC expertise to congregate living settings, including Long Term Care Homes and retirement homes, directly.

The Huron Perth IPAC Hub is hosted by Huron Perth Public Health. Our services are available to all congregate settings in the Huron Perth area.

We Support

  • Long-Term Care Homes
  • Retirement Homes
  • Residential settings funded by the Ministry of Health
  • Residential settings for adults and children funded by Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)
  • Shelters; and
  • Supportive Housing

Our Services

  • Education and Training
  • Communities of Practice
  • Developing IPAC Programs, Policies and Procedures
  • Supporting Assessments and Audits of IPAC Programs and/or Practices
  • Providing Recommendations to Strengthen IPAC Programs and Practices
  • Working with Public Health Partners and Congregate Living Organizations to Develop Outbreak Management Plans
  • Providing Coaching/Mentoring of IPAC Service Delivery Within Settings
  • Supporting Settings to Implement IPAC Recommendations

Contact Us

Reach out to the Huron Perth IPAC Hub Lead

Resources

Below are guidelines, best practice documents, links and fact sheets related to infection control in healthcare settings. If you require any documents in an alternative format, please let us know!

Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes

Audit Tools: Long Term Care & Retirement Homes

Environmental Cleaning Performance Observation Audit

IPAC Checklist for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

IPAC Self-Assessment Audit for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

Just Clean Your Hands (see Monitoring and Observation Tools section)

Best Practices & Guidance: Long Term Care & Retirement Homes

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems in Buildings and COVID-19 | Public Health Ontario 

Orientation for Infection Prevention and Control Leads in Long-Term Care | Public Health Ontario

PIDAC: Best Practices for Environmental Cleaning for Prevention and Control of Infections | January 2018 (publichealthontario.ca)

PIDAC: Best Practices for Hand Hygiene in All Health Care Settings, 4th edition 

PIDAC: Best Practices for Surveillance of Health Care-associated Infections

Prevention and Management of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes | Public Health Ontario

Gastrointestinal Outbreaks: Long Term Care & Retirement Homes
Respiratory Outbreaks: Long Term Care & Retirement Homes

Other Congregate Settings

Audit Tools: Other Congregate Settings
Outbreak Preparedness, Prevention and Management in Congregate Living Settings
Best Practices & Guidance: Other Congregate Settings

Activities to Support Infection Prevention and Control Practices in Congregate Living Settings | Public Health Ontario

Cohorting in Outbreaks in Congregate Living Settings | Public Health Ontario

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems in Buildings and COVID-19 | Public Health Ontario 

Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Immunization Clinics | Public Health Ontario

Other resources