In July, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Argentum, an association for resident-centered senior living communities, announced via a press release that the two organizations have developed an infection prevention and control (IPC) course to educate frontline health professionals working in assisted living communities.
The Infection Prevention and Control Essentials for Assisted Living course is made up of four modules that were specifically developed for healthcare professionals in assisted living communities.
The press release stated, “The first module includes infection prevention and control basics such as hand hygiene, personal protective equipment (PPE), respiratory etiquette, sharps safety, environmental topics, cleaning and disinfection, and food safety. The second module addresses transmission-based precautions and covers an array of infections and conditions of concern in the assisted living environment. The third module addresses why residents in these communities may be at an increased risk for infection and special care considerations. The fourth and final module is a compilation of the elements needed to build and lead a strong infection prevention and control program in the assisted living community.”
APIC CEO Devin Jopp, EdD, MS. was quoted in the release. Jopp said, “Through our partnership with Argentum, we are able to provide IPC education to a critical group of healthcare professionals who provide direct care to our nation’s seniors.”
Brad Williams, Argentum senior vice president of business operations was also quoted. Willams commented, “Teaming our senior living experts with APIC’s infection prevention experts, we have been able to develop a thorough and comprehensive course that is uniquely tailored to our audience. It’s critical as the industry continues to elevate measures to protect residents from infection.”