APD Lifecare Precautions for COVID-19

February 12, 2021

Yesterday afternoon (February 11, 2021), we administered 240 doses of COVID-19 vaccine here on our campus.

  • 100% of all Lifecare residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. A whopping 97% have received their 2nd dose!
  • 80% of all eligible Lifecare staff had received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 48% of all eligible employees have gotten their second dose. (Eligible means they are at least 16 years old.)

This is wonderful news! While safety behaviors of masking and distancing will continue, we have achieved a significant measure of safety. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this possible.

I must personally recognize Amy Rauert, Administrator at Harvest Hill. Amy set up the clinics and led all the preparation, putting in long hours gathering and providing Walgreens with the information they needed to vaccinate hundreds of people. Thank you, Amy.

I feel so joyful today! We have kept our residents safe for 11 months! The battle is not over, but having 80% of our staff vaccinated is a huge step forward. Thank you.

Cindy Jerome
Executive Director, APD Lifecare
Administrator, The Woodlands

January 26, 2021

We held our first round of vaccination clinics at both Harvest Hill and the Woodlands last week. Everything went smoothly and the next two clinics will take place Feb. 11th and March 4th.

January 21, 2021

APD Lifecare is pleased to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine starting January 21 to all residents and staff at Harvest Hill and The Woodlands! We’d like to thank our residents, families and staff for continuing to follow our safety measures in place and getting us to this point.

  • Our first vaccine clinic will take place Thursday, Jan. 21st and is being offered to all consenting APD Lifecare residents and staff.
  • Subsequent vaccine clinics — for second shots and for those who didn’t get one on the 21st — will take place on Feb. 11th and on March 4th.

In the meantime, our communities are continuing to follow the health and safety protections initiated in March, including all state and federal guidelines. Our March 21, 2020 COVID-19 update contains a list of additional COVID precautions in place, but please note:

  • Harvest Hill’s dining room is now open.
  • Small group activities continue at Harvest Hill and will resume soon at The Woodlands.
  • We do biweekly pickups at the food co-op and liquor store for residents requesting this service.

Going forward, we will continue to provide updates as the vaccine process progresses. As we prepare to begin this new phase, here’s a look back at previous months:

  • Since we first locked down, no residents at Harvest Hill or The Woodlands have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Four staff members — two at Harvest Hill and two at The Woodlands — did test positive or were presumed positive after exposure to a positive family member or friend. They were immediately quarantined. All Woodlands residents and staff were tested after the last staff person tested positive, and as of today, all tests have been negative.
  • Every week since November 30, we have been testing about 10% of staff, chosen randomly, with no positive results. Going forward, if a staff member does test positive, they will be quarantined. as prescribed by the local health department.

As our communities enter 2021 with the vaccine in hand, we’re excited to see some light at the end of the tunnel! In the coming months, our residents and staff look forward to reconnecting with each other, reestablishing our routines and returning to the activities we previously enjoyed.

Thank you for your support making sure our communities stay safe and healthy!

Cindy Jerome
Executive Director, APD Lifecare

August 18, 2020

Thank you to all residents, families and staff for following the safety measures to help protect our communities from COVID-19. While Harvest Hill and The Woodlands continue with many of the protections initiated in March, we have instituted two changes.

Visitation Changes:

  • Harvest Hill and The Woodlands are now allowing family members to visit, as long as the meeting takes place outside and participants stay six feet apart.
    • At Harvest Hill, family may visit for up to 30 minutes. Visits must be scheduled and are monitored by staff.
    • The Woodlands is allowing family, friends and vendors to visit, as long as the visit is outside. There are no restrictions on the number of people who conduct an outside visit. No screening is necessary, and visitors may stay for as long as they would like.
  • Both communities are also launching a Designated Visitor program for indoor visits.
    • At both The Woodlands and Harvest Hill, each individual resident or resident couple may name one, single person as their Designated Visitor.
    • The Designated Visitor may visit anytime, going directly to the resident’s apartment and staying for as long as they want.
    • Designated Visitors must first sign an agreement that they will avoid risky behavior that could expose them to the virus, only visit if feeling well, and stay masked and practice social distancing while visiting.
    • Residents may change their Designated Visitor as often as every three weeks.

Dining Changes:

  • Our dining rooms have now reopened with limited seating to encourage social distancing.
    • At Harvest Hill, we have opened the dining room up for lunch and dinner for a limited number of residents, but we are also still delivering meals to residents.
    • All Woodlands residents are welcome to eat in the dining room or come pick up take-out to eat at home. The Woodlands is only delivering meals to residents who are ill.

Please see our March 31 COVID-19 update for additional precautions that are still in place.
And again, we thank everyone for your support in keeping our communities safe and healthy.

March 21, 2020

APD Lifecare’s top priority is the health and well-being of our residents and staff. Given the additional challenges that COVID-19 presents to people aged 65 and older, we implemented significant precautions and preparations including:

  • Closing Harvest Hill and The Woodlands to visitors
  • Closing our Dining Rooms, and delivering 500 meals/day to our residents’ apartments
  • Making groceries, including toilet paper, available through Food Services
  • Fortifying an already rigorous sanitation program, especially in high-touch public areas
  • Cancelling all large-group activities and gatherings, but providing for many other ways to avoid social isolation
  • Screening all staff every time they come to work
  • Preparing for the care of any residents who may develop COVID-19
  • Sending regular email updates to residents, staff and families
  • Working closely with Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. You can find additional FAQs here.

While none of this is easy for anyone, we know we are on the right path when we hear in the words of one resident: “I feel we are in what is probably the safest place with the most help in New Hampshire

Cindy Jerome
Executive Director, APD Lifecare