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. We continue to encourage everyone to remain up to date with all COVID-19 vaccines, meaning that you obtain all doses once you are eligible. At this time, all staff, students, contractors, volunteers, and caregivers are required to be "fully vaccinated" based on the current Health Canada definition.

Please review the vaccine requirements for general visitors in our visiting policy.

Active Screening & Surveillance Testing – All staff, contracted workers and 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.

Visiting – has recently been updated and can be viewed here.

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.

Resident and Client Absences - Medical, palliative/compassionate and essential absences all continue to be permitted for all residents and clients. Social day absences are permitted for all residents and clients, regardless of vaccine status. Overnight social absences are now permitted for residents and clients that have had 3 or more vaccines. Please refer to the Resident and Client Absences guidelines for details.

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 - All of our staff, essential caregivers and visitors are required to wear a mask when in the home. Please review the visiting guidelines and Essential Caregiver Guidelines for further details about personal protective equipment. Residents and clients that can 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 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 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.