Aloha House Concerns

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

June 1, 2006

Monday is the day the Charlottesville assisted living facility aloha house must shut its doors. A judge ordered the operator of the facility and its residents to vacate the property by the 5th.

Two more residents found new homes today and that the eight remaining residents may not be out of a place to stay but it may come at a cost.

Aloha house administrator Banana Anderson has found a new home for herself and her eight remaining residents. The only problem is Anderson no longer has a license to operate an assisted living facility.

“An assisted living facility offers supports such as medication management, bathing, [and] food service,” said Lida Hurst Chief Operating Officer of the Jefferson Area Board For Aging.

But nothing prevents Anderson from running a boarding house and that's just what she will do when she relocates to Park Street next week.

“In independent living, you live independently and there are no regulations,” said Hurst.

It's the regulations that got Anderson into trouble in the first place. Aloha house has been cited and recited for numerous violations, forcing social services to take its license away. A judge last week ordered Anderson to vacate the property by Monday. The Jefferson Area Board For Aging has been working hard to relocate some 30 residents and now is helping the last few understand what moving into a boarding house could mean for them.

“They are eligible for assisted living and they need the services, however they are able to make their own decision on whether they receive them or not,” said Hurst.

Along with losing the services, they may be losing money. Many residents receive grants from the state to live but only if they stay in a licensed assisted living facility.

Anderson herself said she and her residents may not be evicted from the Aloha House on Monday, and she will know Friday if she has been granted an extension. Anderson is appealing the states decision to revoke her license.

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