Thrive Group- Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

Thrive Group organizations continue to be committed to preventing the transmission and spread of COVID-19 with a focus on ensuring the health and well-being of our clients, residents, staff and family members. Thrive group programs are geographically in multiple regions, however we typically follow the most conservative guidelines so that we can be proactive and stay ahead of the recommended safety measures. We will continue to assess these precautions as we continue to monitor local cases counts and updates from our Public Health Authorities and the Ministry of Health.

Thrive Group is keeping people safe and healthy by:

Vaccinations – We are so happy that vaccine roll out is happening across the province. We are encouraging all eligible residents, clients, staff, caregivers, friends and family members to consider the vaccine when it is available to them! #ThriveCrushingCOVID. Our LTC and congregate sites are able to reduce some physical distancing requirements during meals and social programs if the site's vaccine rates are above 70% for staff and above 85% for residents and clients. We continue to support all residents, clients, staff and essential caregivers in receiving their vaccine.

Active Screening – All staff, contracted workers and essential visitors are being actively screened prior to entering any of our sites. We are following all ministry directives for screening and restricting entry to buildings to anyone that screens “positive”. This includes anyone that has traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. In addition, all residents and clients continue to be screened twice a day for any respiratory symptoms or fever.

Surveillance Testing – Our long-term care homes and community sites have implemented rapid testing for all staff, essential caregivers and visitors to the homes to identify any asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.

Physical Distancing - We continue to urge everyone to follow the public health directions about physical distancing. As vaccine rates increase at our sites, we are able to modify physical distancing for sites that have met this threshold. Physical distancing at visits is now dependent upon vaccine status. Please see our visiting guidelines.

Hand Hygiene –We cannot emphasize enough the importance of washing your hands thoroughly and often. Keeping hands and nails clean, and not touching your face, is one of the best things we can all do to keep ourselves and each other healthy.

Universal Masking and Eye Protection for All Staff and Visitors - All of our staff are required to wear a mask and eye protection during their shifts. . All visitors and essential caregivers are required to wear masks. Please review the visiting guidelines and Essential Caregiver Guidelines for further details about personal protective equipment. Residents and clients that are able to tolerate a mask are asked to wear a mask when receiving care or services, when in common areas or when visiting with others. This measure prevents transmission of COVID-19 should someone be ill and contagious but not be displaying any symptoms. This strategy provides added protection to residents, clients and staff.

Visiting: Essential Caregiver Visits – Residents/clients (or their substitute decision maker) of our LTC and congregate settings are permitted to designate two essential caregivers that will be permitted to visit (one at a time) to support the needs of their loved one. For further information on Essential Caregivers, please review this document.

General Visiting - At this time, outdoor visits are now permitted at LTC and congregate settings. For more information about outdoor visits, please review this document.

Resident and Client Absences - Medical, palliative/compassionate and essential absences all continue to be permitted. Starting June 9th, FULLY VACCINATED residents/clients can now go on social and temporary (overnight) absences. For more information on the types of absences and criteria for planning an absence, please review the guideline document here.

Management of Care Packages and Food Delivery – We know that the virus can remain on some for up to 72 hours however transmission risk is considered to be low. Therefore, any care package deliveries for residents and clients must be disinfected (when possible) upon entry into the home (72 hour holding period for items has been discontinued).

Pandemic Preparedness Activities – All areas of our business have activated Pandemic Plans to ensure that all essential care and services can continue. Continuity plans, supply chain, and equipment management processes are all being monitored and adapted. The Public Health Ontario website has many resources and fact sheets available for health care providers and the public.