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APD Lifecare Precautions for COVID-19

August 25, 2021

With COVID-19 case numbers rising in Grafton County due to the Delta variant, APD Lifecare has elected to re-introduce some of our health and safety restrictions for both The Woodlands and Harvest Hill communities. In enacting these changes for our community’s protection, we also remain committed to minimizing the impact on our residents by keeping our dining rooms open and making masking optional for residents.

The good news is that these new regulations continue to prevent the virus from affecting our community! We still have not had a single case of COVID-19 among our residents, all of whom are vaccinated. We now also require all new residents to receive vaccinations before moving in.

In addition, since APD Lifecare is part of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, vaccinations are required for all staff by September 30th. We are proud to announce that 90% of Lifecare employees were already fully vaccinated before this new mandate was announced.

APD Lifecare has also extended our vaccination mandate to all vendors, contractors, private caregivers and others who come into our building to provide services in resident areas. As of September 30th, only fully vaccinated service providers will be allowed to enter resident areas of the building.

Lifecare also recently introduced our new “3V” program for vendors, contractors and private caregivers which serves as a companion program to our current “3V” program for visitors to The Woodlands (see below).

As with the existing Woodlands policy, vendors who show proof of vaccination receive a “3V” card indicating they are welcome anywhere in the building. Participating vendors must also sign a contract agreeing to safety measures that protect residents, including never coming in if they are feeling ill and keeping their masks on all times.

Going forward, many of our policies at The Woodlands and Harvest Hill will remain the same. Any revisions made to our COVID-19 policy since our May update are included below:

Visiting The Woodlands

  • Masks and social distancing are not required for residents.
  • All staff and visitors must wear masks.
  • Group sizes are not restricted, provided that all who are present are fully vaccinated.
  • Each resident may name as many fully vaccinated people as they would like to visit. Visitors must present their CDC Vaccination Record Card to receive a “3V” card indicating they are welcome anywhere in the building and do not need to socially distance. They must mask.
  • Our dining room is fully open to residents. Visitors may enjoy dinner with residents outside or in the resident’s apartment.
  • Fully vaccinated speakers and activity leaders are welcome.

Visiting Harvest Hill

  • Residents can have family and friends (including pets!) visit, go off campus with their families, or visit family at home. Residents no longer need to quarantine when staying overnight with family.
  • Residents no longer need to wear masks or social distance with each other in their apartments.
  • Group sizes for public gatherings are limited.
  • Visiting hours are between 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-5:00 pm and must be screened. Visiting outside is the safest way to visit.
  • Visitors must continue to wear masks and social distance in the hallways and common areas.
  • Staff must continue to wear masks and face shields when working closely with residents.
  • New move-ins no longer need to quarantine, but must be vaccinated.
  • Our dining room is open for residents only.

Please note that APD Lifecare has also updated our guidance for residents who venture off campus. While overall infection rates remain lower in Grafton County than in much of the country, new cases of COVID-19 continue to increase. Grafton County is now at COVID-19 Risk Level Orange (High), so we are requiring residents from The Woodlands and Harvest Hill who go off campus to wear masks when visiting local stores and restaurants, even if they are fully vaccinated.

As we continue to navigate this changing situation, we will continue to keep The Woodlands and Harvest Hill community apprised of any community updates or policy changes. In the meantime, thank you again to all our residents, families, and staff for your steadfast cooperation, patience and understanding. We couldn’t do this without you!

Cindy Jerome
Executive Director, APD Lifecare

Amy Rauert
Administrator, Harvest Hill

May 24, 2021

Now that all of our residents are fully vaccinated, we are lifting most restrictions for residents of The Woodlands and Harvest Hill!

What a beautiful sight it’s been so far: families and friends can visit each other, plus residents can hug and eat together without social distancing. We’ve also resumed group activities and normal use of our on-campus facilities. Some restrictions remain, so I’ll elaborate on our new COVID-19 policy here:

Visiting The Woodlands

  • Masks and social distancing are no longer required for residents.
  • Group sizes are not restricted, provided that all who are present are fully vaccinated.
  • Each resident may name as many fully vaccinated people as they would like to visit. Visitors must present their CDC Vaccination Record Card to receive a “3V” card indicating they are welcome anywhere in the building and do not need to wear a mask or social distance.
  • Each resident or couple may also name one unvaccinated person as a designated visitor who can meet with residents in their apartment only, while masked and socially distant.
  • Our dining room is fully open.
  • Fully vaccinated speakers and activity leaders are welcome.

Visiting Harvest Hill

  • Residents can have family and friends (including pets!) visit, go off campus with their families, or visit family at home. Residents no longer need to quarantine when staying overnight with family.
  • Residents no longer need to wear masks or social distance with each other in their apartments.
  • Group sizes for public gatherings are limited.
  • Staff and visitors continue to wear masks and social distance in the hallways and common areas.
  • Staff continue to wear masks and face shields when working closely with residents.
  • New move-ins no longer need to quarantine.
  • Our dining room is open for residents only.

Please note: With cases dropping quickly, Grafton County is now at COVID-19 Risk Level Yellow. This means that residents from The Woodlands and Harvest Hill who venture off campus can now visit local stores and restaurants, as well as households where everyone is fully vaccinated.

The countywide vaccination rate (1+ shots) is just short of 74% and you can find the county’s recommendations on mask wearing HERE.

This much welcomed new normal is thanks to months of cooperation by residents, families, and staff at both The Woodlands and Harvest Hill. We can’t thank you enough for keeping our communities safe and healthy! And now…Enjoy!

Cindy Jerome
Executive Director, APD Lifecare

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