Identifying Barriers, Facilitators and Recommendations to Long-term Care COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Preparedness and Response

January 2021

This research analyzes 25 interviews with long-term care (LTC) and retirement homes stakeholders from across Canada, to:

  • identify barriers and facilitators to, as well as needs and recommendations for, COVID-19 preparedness in these settings
  • map relevant tools and resources from the IPAC+ Resource Library that can be leveraged as support.

Interviewees were asked to describe the factors that contributed to COVID-19 outbreaks, identify promising practices with the potential for short-term spread and scale, and provide suggestions on how to maintain essential non-COVID-19 care for older adults.

The Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael’s Hospital produced the report for Healthcare Excellence Canada (the new organization that brings together the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and Canadian Patient Safety Institute). It builds on an earlier report, Reimagining Care for Older Adults, which identified promising practices in six key areas for future infectious disease outbreaks – used in the LTC+: Acting on Pandemic Learning Together program.

Download the Long-term Care COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control report