How is Aviva Responding to COVID-19

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.

Vaccinations

Aviva hosted multiple onsite vaccine clinics for our residents and staff beginning in December 2020 and continued through May 2021. Residents in Kobernick Independent Living, Anchin Assisted Living, Anchin Memory Care, and Benderson Skilled Nursing were given the opportunity to receive the vaccine. All staff from across campus were also invited to get vaccinated regardless of age or previous health conditions. The Aviva team has continued to work with our partners to bring vaccine clinics on campus.

We continue to promote the benefits of vaccination. Vaccines are available M-F, 8:30 am-4:00 pm at the Department of Health offices in Sarasota and North Port. For additional options, please visit vaccines.gov. In Sarasota County, convenient drive-thru testing is available without an appointment every day from 9-5 at the former Sarasota Kennel Club at 5400 Bradenton Road.

Current COVID-19 Policies

Our Emergency Response Team 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 – July 27, 2021

COVID-19 Status Update

We again see a marked increase in Sarasota’s COVID positivity rate, reaching 11.9%, primarily due to the more contagious Delta strain.  July 27, 2021 The CDC (Center for Disease Control) revised protocols in response to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  We are closely monitoring the situation and updating you today.

Benderson Update

We will continue to test all Staff, Contractors and Residents who are not fully vaccinated, according to CMS guidelines for the nursing home. Due to the positivity rate being above 10% unvaccinated individuals will need to test twice a week. Employee testing will be Monday and Thursday of each week between 7:00 am – 10:00 am. Resident testing will be conducted on Tuesday and Friday of each week. This testing schedule will continue until further notice.

Anchin Pavilion Update

Communal activity programming will stop in memory care. Visitation will be limited and needs to be scheduled or arranged with Debbie Infantino, ALF Director.  Anchin Pavilion, second floor assisted living, residents currently do not have any restrictions in place at this time. We encourage EVERYONE to remain vigilant in your efforts to practice good infection control by washing your hands, physically distancing, masking while in crowds, and getting your vaccination, if you have not done so.

Visitation Guidelines

Our goal is for both safety and community. We continue to assess our visitation policy based on community spread and risk/benefit analysis and will adjust accordingly. Please understand that the changes in visitation policy are necessary for the safety and wellbeing of our residents.

Please continue to wear masks, covering nose and mouth when indoors and be considerate of others’ personal space and ensure social distancing.

All visitors still must complete the screening process at the front desk, have their temperature taken, sanitize their hands, wear face masks, and maintain appropriate social distancing. Outdoor visitation is still recommended, weather permitting. Please refrain from visiting if you are not feeling well.

In Sarasota County, convenient drive-thru testing is available without an appointment every day from 9:00 am -5:00 pm at the former Sarasota Kennel Club at 5400 Bradenton Road.

Kobernick Independent Living- Updated 07/29/2021

Following the CDC (Center for Disease Control) revised protocols in response to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  We are closely monitoring the situation and have updated our protocols.

Please be aware of the following:
1. We are strongly advising Kobernick residents to wear masks in common areas and when leaving the campus.
2. Kobernick residents must wear masks when gathering in groups larger than 10 people, such as in the Kretzmer Center, Rotunda, Card Room.
3. Only Kobernick residents may use the Pool.
4. While we plan to continue shopping trips at this time, we are reviewing all bus transportation for trips and will keep you posted on any changes.

We thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Visitors

We ask guests to limit their visit to resident apartments only. All visitors must be screened at the Front Desk and have their temperature taken. At this time, we are not asking for proof of vaccination or negative test result for entry, although we highly recommend that guests be vaccinated. All guests must wear masks and maintain social distancing indoors. Masks are not required outdoors. Due to the seasonal weather we have removed our tents for outside visitation areas.

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 wear masks during the entire visit. Tours will maintain careful social distancing and may be abbreviated if necessary. 

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.