Saturday, May 25, 2024

Stop the Party: Reports Says Neglect At Motion Picture Home, Injuries, Broken Laws


A new report says that patients at the Motion Picture Fund Home for Actors have been severely neglected to the point where they’ve sustained unattended injuries.

The report also says the Fund broke the law and didn’t give proper notice to 34 of 40 patients it transferred to other facilities.

So the question is, How can any A list actor attend the August 28th event known as The Evening Before, set for Century Park, in which celebrities receive humongous gift bags in exchange for showing up and supporting the Fund?

For the last several years, protesters have waved placards outside events known as The Night Before and The Evening Before, which were designed to be “hot” A list parties. The guests got things like IPods and customized sneakers. All of this was supposed to benefit the Motion Picture Home.

But the home and the Fund are under fire for attempting to close the long term care facility and get rid of 100 or so patients who require permanent hospitalization.

Now this report, issued by the California Department of Health and Human Services, says that unimaginably bad things have been happening to the patients just recently.

Forget the lack of 30 day notices telling elderly, ill people they must leave for another facility. Based on this report, you’d want to go, frankly.

Residents of the facility, chosen randomly, were all in peril. “Resident 55”–examined on June 1st–“had a dark red black bruise  noted under the right eye and a small closed laceration on the left foot.” The resident suffers from dementia.

Resident 1 had “severe weight loss of 8.6% in one month and 13.6% in six months.” Resident 1 also had  “7 incidents of falls” from February 3, 2010 to May 17, 2010.”

Resident 3 also had severe weight loss and a fall that resulted in a fractured hip.

Resident 5 also had severe weight loss.

The report says: “The facility must not employ individuals who have been found guilty of abusing, neglecting, or mistreating residents by a court of law; or have had a finding entered into the State nurse aide registry concerning abuse, neglect, mistreatment of residents or misappropriation of their property…”

Hey: “this requirement is not met.”

This is disgusting. What the hell is going on at this place?

The former chief doctor, Dr. David Tillman, resigned last February. He was making a million dollars a year. Not bad.

On a personal note, I helped three grandparents through assisted living and medical care facilities over a period of 11 years. If anything like these incidents occurred at either of their facilities, there would have been hell to pay. The state report is outrageous. And what’s worse is, millions of dollars have been delivered to this facility based on celebrity participation. It’s outrageous.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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