Thrive Group- Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

Thrive Group organizations continue through this current wave of Omicron, as with all previous COVID-19 waves, 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 – The provincial vaccine campaign has demonstrated an overall great success. The benefit of vaccines, especially the third/booster dose, is highlighted by our public health authorities. At this time, all staff, students, contractors, volunteers, caregivers and visitors are required to be fully vaccinated and to receive their third/booster dose as soon as they are eligible (deadlines for visitors and essential caregivers are outlined in the visiting policy.

Active Screening & Surveillance Testing – All staff, contracted workers and essential visitors are being actively screened prior to entering any of our sites and are undergoing rapid testing. We are following all ministry directives for screening and restricting entry to buildings to anyone that screens “positive”. In addition, all residents and clients continue to be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or fever.

Visiting – Our visiting policy continues to be updated as directives change from Ministry and Public Health. Currently general visiting is paused and essential caregivers are limited to visiting one at a time.

Essential Caregiver Visits - Residents/clients (or their substitute decision maker) of our LTC and congregate settings are permitted to designate essential caregivers that will be permitted to visit the home once they meet the criteria outlined in the visiting policy and Essential Caregiver Guidelines.

General Visiting (indoor and outdoor) – currently paused related to the spread of Omicron

Resident and Client Absences - Medical, palliative/compassionate and essential absences all continue to be permitted. All social absences are paused.

Gathering and Physical Distancing – We continue to urge everyone to follow the public health directions about gathering and physical distancing. Currently our residents, clients and staff are being cohorted to limit risk of transmission and spread of COVID-19.

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 every day.

Universal Masking and Eye Protection - All of our staff, essential caregivers and visitors are required to wear a mask and eye protection when in the home. 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.

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.

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.