This page includes tools and resources to equip those working and volunteering in long-term care (LTC) with the skills and knowledge they need to protect themselves, their colleagues, residents, family members, and community members.
The Ontario CLRI at the RIA has developed infection and prevention control (IPAC) eLearning courses for team members and essential care partners. These courses combine education on IPAC core concepts with application to LTC-specific situations and tasks.
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Featured IPAC Resources
~30 minutes | This eLearning Course reviews the IPAC core concepts and practices that are essential for preventing and controlling infection. It is the prerequisite for the scenario-based courses in the IPAC series. The course is for LTC team members and essential caregivers.
~15 minutes | This eLearning course will apply the skills and knowledge from Break the Chain of Transmission to typical situations that can happen while travelling to and from an LTC home. The course is for LTC team members and essential caregivers.
~20 minutes | This eLearning course will apply the skills and knowledge from Break the Chain of Transmission to scenarios about supporting a resident at mealtime in an LTC home. The course is for LTC team members and essential caregivers.
~20 minutes | This eLearning course will apply the skills and knowledge from Break the Chain of Transmission to scenarios about administering medication, including oral medication, CPAP treatment, and eye drops. The course is for LTC team members.
~20 minutes | In this eLearning course, learners will learn how to break the chain of transmission of infectious agents while supporting residents with personal care. The focus of this course is supporting residents with peri-care, continence care and using the toilet. The course is for LTC team members and essential caregivers.
~20 minutes | In this eLearning course, learners will learn how to break the chain of transmission of infectious agents while supporting residents with personal care. The focus of this course is supporting residents with bathing, dressing, and grooming. The course is for LTC team members and essential caregivers.
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Additional IPAC Resources
This library of resources supports LTC and retirement homes in implementing IPAC practices. Resources are categorized by topic, including Consumable Supplies, Environmental Cleaning, Auditing, and Surveillance and Outbreak Management. Developed by St. Michael’s Hospital and Unity Health Toronto.
Free IPAC eLearning course for families and caregivers. It shows the practices for preventing and controlling infection in the home and in LTC homes. The course is self-paced and comes with a certificate. Developed by McMaster University Continuing Education, with the Ontario Caregiver Organization and Healthcare Excellence Canada.
eLearning courses and videos that explain key IPAC practices and core concepts.
- Chain of Transmission and Risk Assessment (eLearning Course)
- Infection Prevention and Control – online learning (course catalogue)
- Putting on Full Personal Protective Equipment (video)
- Taking off Full Personal Protective Equipment (video)
- How to Hand Wash (video)
- How to Hand Rub (video)
- Ask Yourself: Is the glam worth the grime? Hand hygiene for health care professionals (video)
Resources from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to protect workers, including a series of posters that promote COVID safety when taking a break, having lunch, and travelling to and from work.
Guidance from the Ministry of Long-Term Care to LTC homes about the implementation of IPAC programs:
List of Ministry of LTC directives and communications related to COVID-19, (maintained and updated by AdvantAge Ontario):
IPAC tools and education from an occupational health and safety perspective with a focus on protecting workers in all sectors, including health care. These resources are created by the Public Services Health and Safety Association.
The Canadian Immunization Guide includes up-to-date guidance on vaccinations for specific populations. Published and maintained by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The IPAC in LTC courses and training materials have been developed in collaboration with an expert panel of IPAC specialists working in LTC, as well as an advisory panel of LTC team members, essential care partners, and The Ontario Caregiver Organization.