Anger, Sadness Follow Senior Home Closing

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FALLON - The sale and closure of an assisted living facility in Fallon has residents and families scrambling to find new homes and angry at what some say has been callous treatment by the management.

Those remaining have 2 more weeks to relocate, but the biggest problem may be relationships they're being forced to leave behind.

"Everything has just been handled unprofessionally and without remorse," says former employee Pamela Sarvis

That just about sums up the feeling among a group of residents, relatives and former employees of the Silver Rose who say the owners, Ridgeline Management, misled them about rumors a sale was in the works and told them if it happened they'd have 4 or 5 months notice.

"We were told not to worry, we kept hearing rumors and finally we're called to a meeting and 'you have 30 days.'

Some of the residents, like Larry Hahne's grandfather, have relatives or long ties to Fallon. "He would have been set to Yerington or some other place and I would have had to travel some distance just to see him."

A local family stepped in and took in Hahne's grandfather.

Michelle Smith, who worked at Silver Rose until recently, opened her home to Oscar Huntoon. "I told Oscar if anything happened, I'd take him into my home," says Smith.
Smith can't visit any of the remaining residents or even say goodbye. Neither can Sarvis. They've been banned from the premises and residents say that's only made a difficult situation even more painful.

Sarvis only learned she'd been terminated when she reported for work last Friday. When she attempted to remove a cat that had been adopted by residents, she says a security guard pushed her down, bruising her ankle. A company worker says she fell on her own, but the incident has done little to change feelings among those who once called the Silver Rose home. "It's been shabbily handled," says Margaret Quinley, "They've taken everything away. It's like Gestapo."

A spokesman for the company told us late today, the ban on former employees applied only to those considered troublemakers, people they felt were making things worse. He also said Ridgeline was committed to finding a proper place for each resident, no matter how long it took.

There are just 6 residents left in the home. The company says all but 2 already have places to go.