Guelph-Wellington Satellite IPAC Hub

As part of the province’s comprehensive plan Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, local networks of infection prevention and control (IPAC) experts, called IPAC Hubs, are being developed across the province to support and enhance IPAC practices in community based, congregate living settings.

Ontario Health has identified organizations including hospitals, public health units and others from across the province to lead local IPAC Hubs. These organizations are working with partners from across the local health system who have IPAC expertise to ensure that this specialized guidance and support is available to congregate living settings though a one-window model.

Who We Are

The Guelph-Wellington (GW) Satellite IPAC Hub is one of three satellite sites under the Waterloo-Wellington IPAC Hub (led by St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener). Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDG Public Health) is the lead organization for the GW Satellite IPAC Hub and has dedicated IPAC hub staff working within our congregate settings team.

Guelph-Wellington Satellite IPAC Hub: Community Partners

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health collaborates and engages with a network of community partners to help support congregate living settings and inform the work of the Guelph-Wellington Satellite IPAC Hub.

The Guelph-Wellington Satellite IPAC Hub Advisory Committee includes representation from the following organizations:

  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (Lead for GW Satellite IPAC Hub)
  • St. Mary’s General Hospital (Lead for Waterloo Wellington IPAC Hub)
  • Guelph Wellington OHT
  • Ontario Health West
  • Public Health Ontario
  • North Wellington Health Care
  • Guelph General Hospital
  • Home and Community Care Support Services, Waterloo Wellington
  • Nurse Led Outreach Team (NLOT)
  • Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)
  • County of Wellington
  • LTC Best Practices Program, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
  • Congregate Setting Representatives: St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, Royal Terrace Long-Term and Residential Care, Community Living Guelph Wellington, CMHA Waterloo Wellington, Drop-in Centre
  • Service Provider Organization Representative: CarePartners
  • Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC)
  • Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA)

Who We Serve

We provide services and supports to enhance IPAC practices in congregate living settings in Guelph and Wellington. This includes congregate settings that are funded and overseen by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC), Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility (MSAA), Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) and the Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services (MCCSS). These settings include:

  • Long-term care homes
  • Retirement homes
  • Group homes
  • Shelters
  • Supportive Housing
  • Residential Treatment Centres
  • Hospices

We also work closely with the Central West Region IPAC Hub to support congregate living settings in Dufferin, who fall within the WDG Public Health boundaries.

We are here to provide IPAC expertise, collaborative assistance and just-in-time advice, guidance, and direct support on IPAC practices.

Services Provided

Our IPAC Hub team works in collaboration with partners to provide the following IPAC services and supports:

  • IPAC education and training 
  • Supportive visits and consults
  • IPAC assessments 
  • Best practice recommendations and implementation support 
  • Coaching/mentoring on IPAC practices
  • Outbreak management planning
  • Communities of practice

Our team offers educational training on a variety of topics (e.g., PPE, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning) and can customize training and IPAC supports to meet the needs of your facility.Services are available to facility administration, front-line staff, external care providers, and essential caregivers, however IPAC support services should be arranged through the facility or service provider organization.

All services are provided at no-cost to facilities.

Download a printable PDF of our services.

 

FEAUTRED TRAINING

IPAC Champion Training - Build IPAC Capacity WITHIN your organization

This train-the-trainer capacity building session is for staff who have been designated as IPAC Champions. This one-hour, in person or virtual training covers the roles and responsibilities of an IPAC Champion and provides education on hand hygiene, PPE and conducting audits. Practical tools and resources that front-line staff can use to conduct IPAC audits, huddles and review IPAC measures will be shared.

If your facility would like to request this IPAC training, or if you have any questions about training options, please email congregatesetting@wdgpublichealth.ca.

Request a Service

  • Our friendly IPAC team is here to support you. If your facility requires IPAC support and you would like to request a service, or if you have any questions, please email us at congregatesetting@wdgpublichealth.ca.
  • Congregate settings in Dufferin who would like to request an IPAC Hub service are encouraged to connect with the Central West IPAC Hub.
  • For urgent IPAC questions or assistance, or for Public Health outbreak management support, please continue to call WDG Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4752.

Additional IPAC Hub Contacts

If you are not sure who to contact, anyone on this list can direct you to the right IPAC Hub for support.

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