Starting November 1, all nurses and retirees at Caressant Care in Lindsay, including those hired to provide care to residents, students and volunteers, will need to prove that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The facilities, located on Mary and McLaughlin streets, join other Caressant Care sites, as well as other long-term care organizations in making vaccination mandatory. Those who are not fully immunized and do not meet the exemption criteria, including for medical and religious reasons, will be placed on unpaid leave.
“With cases continuing to rise as we head into fall and concerns about the Delta and other COVID-19 variants Caressing Care recognizes the importance of staff vaccination, student internships and volunteers because of the nature of their work with vulnerable and potential seniors for exposure in the community, ”explained Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes LTD Director of Communications and Marketing, Stuart Oakley. “This COVID-19 policy aims to protect the population of the home, including residents, staff and volunteers. ”
This policy applies to:
• Workers / staff, employees, persons retained on the basis of contractual services and persons employed by an employment agency or other third party
• Newly hired staff, before starting home orientation. As of November 1, all job offers will be conditional on proof of COVID -19 vaccination.
• Students on internship in the hostels
“Every employee in our organization has chosen the care of the elderly as a profession and therefore has a responsibility to protect those in their care,” Oakley continued. “A fully immunized workforce creates the safest possible working environment for residents and staff. ”
The company-wide decision is particularly relevant to everyone at Lindsay Residences as well as their friends and loved ones following a two-month outbreak at McLaughlin Road Nursing Home that began January 9.
In the weeks that followed, 62 residents and 49 staff tested positive for COVID-19. Eighteen residents died from their infections.
A team from Ross Memorial Hospital stepped in to help the company and the Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge District Health Unit tackle the outbreak that was officially declared over on March 1.
The Caressant Care retirement and long-term care site on Mary Street was also briefly in an outbreak in 2021 after two staff working on the retirement side tested positive for the virus. A laboratory error was attributed to the positive test result of a third staff member.