Residents React To Aloha's Possible Farewell

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

May 1, 2006

The owner of the assisted living facility, The Aloha House is facing tough accusations about the quality of care she is giving her residents. The State is in the process of taking away the owner's license, and residents are caught right in the middle.

Banana Anderson said the state is trying to shut down her assisted living business. State officials said it is due to multiple violations ranging from maintenance problems to the quality of care she gives her residents, which Anderson denies.

"I have changed their lives, my staff has changed their lives, we are here for these people," said Anderson, the owner of the Aloha House.

Anderson's license is currently in appeal but she said the damage has already been done. Anderson feels it's unfortunate that these fragile residents are caught in the middle of her battle with the state.

"Because of the torment that's going on now I'm going downhill and I'm not going to lie about it. That's not Banana's fault, I'm going downhill because of what's being done to us," said a resident named "Steve."

Residents are being forced to move. Most of them have low income and so far only three of them are going to be able to stay in Charlottesville. The Department of Social Services said others may have to move as far away as Tennessee.

"I'm not going," said one resident. "I get treated good here," said another resident.

"I don't want to move away from [Anderson] because I like this place here," said a resident.

"I don't want to lose that security, all of my family is here," said "Steve."

Family is what Anderson said she has and doesn't want to lose. "This is their family, you're breaking up a family," said Anderson.

Anderson is due in court later this week to appeal her revoked license.

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