How is Aviva Responding to COVID-19

Aviva Senior Living is a vaccine mandated campus effective October 1, 2021. All Aviva residents, employees, and contractors are required to be vaccinated. This policy also applies to private duty agencies and caregivers employed by residents and families.

Aviva Senior Living is dedicated to the safety and wellbeing of our residents, staff, volunteers, and families. Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our COVID Task Force communicates with local and national experts to prepare specific rules and procedures addressing COVID-19. These procedures are divided between our two buildings based on the health status and level of care needs of the residents of each one. Our current policies are provided below.                                                  

Anchin-Benderson Families – May 19, 2022

COVID-19 Status Update

Yesterday, we had one non-clinical Anchin / Benderson staff member test positive for COVID-19. Thorough contact tracing and testing was performed of anyone on Campus who was potentially exposed. All have tested negative and will continue to be monitored and tested for 7 days past exposure.

Tests

All households are allotted 8 more free COVID tests! Please take advantage of this program by ordering yours by visiting website: covidtest.gov. Please utilize these tests when you are having illness symptoms – testing for a few days provides the best overall accuracy of COVID status.

Vaccines

We continue to provide vaccine booster doses to all Residents and Staff upon request on a weekly basis. Family members can continue to obtain any boosters needed through any local Pharmacy or visiting vaccines.gov for more information. Every booster dose is another layer of protection against infection and severity of illness, particularly for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Please contact Debbie (Anchin) or Devin (Benderson), or me if you would like your Resident to receive a booster shot here at Aviva.

Visitation Guidelines

All Visitors must be screened at the front desk. Outdoor visitation is still the recommended method of visitation. All indoor visits are within the Resident’s room, with proper hand hygiene and face masks worn. If you should develop COVID, please do not visit until you’ve met the criteria used for Residents to discontinue quarantine, depending on the Resident’s level of health and being immunocompromised. {See link: here} Thank you for also refraining from visiting when feeling ill or during a known recent exposure to COVID.

Thank you for your support.

Kobernick Independent Living- Update May 17,2022

The Sarasota Community Level of COVID-19 has lowered back to “Low” but Transmission Rate does remain “High.” We continue to remain vigilant against COVID and request that all visitors do as well. Yesterday, a Kobernick staff member tested positive. Thorough contact tracing revealed any exposures took place the first half of last week. Fortunately, all Residents potentially exposed have tested negative.

We have reinstated mask wearing for Kobernick associates and extended this to vendors and private duty caregivers this week due to the community wide increase. For Kobernick residents and guests masks remain optional.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html

We are happy to announce, although recommended, mask wearing is optional for Kobernick residents and Kobernick guests. Visitors are not required to show proof of COVID vaccination. Per CMS guidelines, Anchin Benderson residents and guests are required to continue to wear masks.

Effective March 1st, residents may participate in activities across Campus. There is no limitation in the number of guests per Kobernick resident and guests may also participate in activities at Kobernick House.

Wellness

A reminder, if you have been exposed to someone who has been COVID tested and is positive, please self-isolate and contact our wellness nurse. It is recommended that you contact your doctor and monitor for any symptoms.

As always, we rely on everyone in our community to do the best we can. Continued vigilance is necessary to ensure we remain safe and healthy.

Visitors

All visitors must be screened at the Kobernick Front Desk. 

Please continue to practice good infection control prevention. Wash your hands and maintain social distancing. Please refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well.

Prospective Residents

While we prefer to pre-schedule appointments, walk-ins are welcome. We are asking for all guests to be screened by our concierge and wearing masks during the visit is optional. 

For new residents moving onto campus the Sales office can provide information on our resident entry requirements. For more information please contact the Marketing & Sales office @ 941-225-8369. 

A Special Note to Families: We would like to remind all family members that Kobernick is an Independent Living facility. As stated in the resident lease and Resident Handbook, residents must be able to fully care for themselves or receive the required care from a private duty aide. Aviva will not provide direct care, care items, or assistance with activities of daily living to a resident in Kobernick.

In addition, as residents in Kobernick are considered independent, Aviva does not possess the legal authority to stop or prevent residents who continue to choose to leave campus or continue to congregate in common areas. Our team has and will continue to educate residents on the dangers of the infection spread and close down areas under our control. We are making every effort to make Aviva a safe place to live.

 

Vaccinations

We continue to promote the benefits of vaccination and Booster shots. For options, please visit vaccines.gov. In Sarasota County, convenient COVID, PCR, drive-thru testing is available at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237. https://www.scgov.net/government/health-and-human-services/covid-19-coronavirus/covid-19-testing

Booster Doses

The risk of severe illness from the virus increases with the number of underlying medical conditions one has. With more than 81% of COVID-19 deaths occurring in people over age 65, it is especially important for our Residents to stay up to date with their COVID vaccine booster doses. The current recommendations for boosters are: {Please visit updated CDC links:}

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0328-covid-19-boosters.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

We can provide booster doses of both Pfizer and Moderna to Residents upon request, right here at Aviva each week. Please let Debbie, Social Services, or me know if you would like a consent form for your Resident.