Long-term care for operators

Long-Term Care Community of Practice

The LTC Community of Practice is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or interest in a topic and who come together to fulfil both individual and group goals. (Cambridge and Suter 2005) 

The VCH LTC Community of Practice will provide a forum to:

  • build connections across the sector,
  • share the wealth of knowledge and experience,
  • showcase innovative practices that homes are proud of,
  • promote best practice and the latest research,
  • explore areas of concern and find solutions together,
  • provide education.

To receive meeting details or to suggest a topic for a future meeting, please email VCH-LTC-Connections@vch.ca

Past Meetings

Immunization resources

Please contact your Vaccine Campaign Lead for Pre-Printed Orders.

Season readiness

    • Long-Term Care Facilities and Heat factsheet

      VCH factsheet on preparing for the heat season and what to do during a heat alert.

    • Child Care Facilities and Heat factsheet

      VCH factsheet on how to prepare for the heat season and what to do during a heat alert.

    • Staying Healthy in the Heat infographics

      Infographics from Health Canada you can share to the public.

    • Heat Response Plan Template

      Template for creating heat response plans for long-term care and assisted living facilities.

    • Resource Guide: Heat Planning

      A comprehensive guide to the tools and resources available to support heat-related seasonal readiness.

    • Preparation Checklist

      An optional resource for sites to utilize to help develop an action plan in areas of opportunity

    • Site Assessment Checklist

      Use this checklist tool to help assess site readiness in the event of an extreme heat event.

    • Heat Response Checklist

      An optional checklist for daily use during a heat event to ensure all of your plans are in place.

    • Heat Response Temperature Log

      An optional resource for sites needing a tool to document temperature.

    • Resident Risk Identification Guidance

      A tool to help identify residents at the highest risk of heat-related illness.

    • Heat Related Illnesses

      PHC and VCH prevention and management in long-term care.

    • Technical Guide for Health-Care Workers

      Best practice guidance documents for health care. Physiology and pathology, risk factors, medications, prevention, and emergency preparedness guidance.

Viral Respiratory Illness (VRI)

For COVID-19 or influenza immunization information, see “Immunization resources” above.

Resources for managing Viral Respiratory Illness (VRI) in your facility. Please review the resources below for the upcoming respiratory illness season. Pre-season planning will assist with the control of respiratory outbreaks in your facility.

If you have questions, please contact VCH Communicable Disease Control team at (604) 675-3900 Mondays to Fridays, from 8:30am to 5:00pm (excluding stat holidays) or by emailing MHOandCDNurseOnCall@vch.ca

Other resources

    • LearningHub

    • Health Career Access Program (HCAP)

    • Community Initiatives and Support Services (CISS) Project

      The Business Initiatives and Support Services (BISS), in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, is offering dedicated additional resources for education and support for housekeeping/environmental services to VCH-contracted long-term care centres (Phase 1) and assisted living centres (Phase 2).