'Titanic' Stars Donate to Last Known Survivor

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  1. r0tflcopter

    r0tflcopter New Member

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    Some of you may have read on CNN about the last Titanic survivor's debt woes. Good ol' Leo and Kate come to the rescue <3

    http://www.independent.ie/national-...urvivor-struggles-to-stay-afloat-1734464.html

    OMG this is touching. I'm so happy they donated. Millvina had previously auctioned off her last remaining items to support her debt, but didn't reach near enough.
     
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  3. lizzybeth

    lizzybeth Active Member

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    It is touching. I've always like Leonardo DeCaprio and Kate Winslet. It's nice to know they're good people.
     
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    Interesting that Celine Dion and the studio have not stepped up also.

    VB
     
  5. Elphaba

    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    That warms the heart that they are stepping up to the plate. I would think the Celine would be a huge contributor... she grew up impoverished and is a pretty hefty charity contributor, from my understanding. Maybe this will get her attention, now...
     
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    PattyCake Gypsy By Heart

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    I think the creator of Titanic should have been the biggest contributor. He made the most money of them all. James Cameron I think is his name?

    That was a kind gesture of the actors. That's what it's about! Personally, I would have made sure it was anonymous so not to even bother bringing attention to themselves.
     
  7. brighidin

    brighidin remember me as a time of day

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    I didn't know there was still a survivor alive. That is great that they are paying for her nursing home. Maybe she can get some of her auctioned off things back. Kudos to the contributors and the photographer who brought the story to their attention.
     
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    r0tflcopter New Member

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    Some of them did. At one of her auctions, people bought the souveniers and then "donated" them back to her. Sweet.
     
  9. Kateyes

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    I do believe it is a wonderful thing to donate to this woman's nursing home care. But, unless this woman's death occurs within the next 6 months or so, $30,000 will not be a sufficient amount for the indefinite "rest of her life".(don't mean to be crass, but it is inevitable for all of us) The cost of nursing home care does vary from state to state,and even within each state depending on whether it is a privately or state-owned facility. But, it is usually somewhere around $5000.00 per month,and often more. My father-in-law was in a nuring home in Pennsylvania. It was owned by a nursing home corporation, so it was approximately $300.00 more than a county home cost. In the year and one-half that Dad was there the price did increase. The initial cost was $5600,and it increased to $6400, due to price increase,plus the increased cost for the Alzheimer's Unit where he was transferred when his disease progressed.

    The $5600 for room and board includes meals, and nursing care, and personal care. It does not include the cost for medications, and other ancillary items such as cable tv, diapers, or even the tv itself. Medicare does not cover nursing home costs, except in special circumstances, such as a patient who was transferred to a nursing home straight from a hospital with a "qualifying" diagnosis. In that instance, Medicare will pay for the first 100 days, with a copay. If you have nursing home insurance then none of the above applies, but it can cost several hundred dollars a month, and premiums are paid until either death occurs, or the insured is admitted to a nursing home.

    I am an RN,and it amazed me to learn just how little most people know about the cost of a nursing home. Many of my FILs relatives thought that Medicare just paid for all of it. I am glad this $30,000 was donated by Leonardo and Kate. It is a good start. Now maybe the others who profited so handsomely from this film will follow their noble example,
     
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    r0tflcopter New Member

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    From a wikipedia on Millivina:
    " In February 2009, Millvina announced that she would be selling several more items to pay for her increasing medical costs which she says now average approximately £3,000 ($4,521.72) a month."

    That's just ridiculous. Ugh. =(
     
  11. Kateyes

    Kateyes New Member

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    r0tflcopter -yes, the price of nursing home care is astronomical. I wonder what home she is in - is this in the states? I ask because the cost of nursing care at $4500 per month was what I had to pay for my father,who was in a nursing home from 1998 until he died in 2001. I am also curious as to whether she is in a skilled nursing unit, or if she is in an assisted living facility. My husband works in a facet of the long-term care industry, and knows the average costs like the back of his hand. The average cost of care is running right about $5000 per month. It is over the top, for sure.

    When my father-in-law needed care due to his advancing Alzheimers, I chose to explore the cost of keeping him at home and hiring nurses aides,and an RN to oversee his care, through an agency. I quickly found that the daily cost of care would far exceed the monthly fee of $5400 for the nursing home. The nurses aides would cost approx. $14 per hour, with a higher rate for night shift. Then, of course the cost of the RN to oversee the care, and I had many areas of concern with this set-up. First of all - there would be no one with the caregiver but my FIL. That caused me to be concerned about abuse. And, even if the CNAs (certified nursing aides) sent by the agency were wonderful, it would most likely be a revolving door of different people all of the time. Most agencies have a very difficult time keeping staff, and add to that the possible weather conditions that might make it impossible for staff to get to the house... Once I had found a good home most of the concerns I had about care at home did not apply to being in a nursing home. We had to sell his house before it was over in order to keep paying for his care. The state will pay for care under Medicaid, but there is mandatory documentation to show that all of the patient's assets have been exhausted. And, federal laws make it almost impossible to place assets in heirs' names because of time limits. When my father in law passed away last year the federal law was such that any monies, assets, etc given or placed in others names for a period of 5 years prior to nursing home placement would be levied against the patient when applying for Medicaid. Yep, there is no easy answer except to die suddenly, and escape the evil of the cost of nursing home care. I never minded paying for the care - it just seemed so futile when the patient was no longer able to enjoy any aspect of life,and without any chance of ever improving. So sad.
     

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