A Perfect Cause, with Founder and Chairman, Wes Bledsoe
Trinity Church Fellowship hall, March 21, 2018, 7:00 pm
(light refreshments will be served)
Wes Bledsoe is the dedicated founder and chairman of A Perfect Cause, America’s nursing home reform advocates. Wes’ advocacy began after the horrific and easily preventable death of his beloved grandmother, Eunice Allen, on May 13, 2000 – her 86th birthday.
Since his grandmother’s death, Wes has uncovered and exposed systemic failures by the nation’s nursing home industry and government oversight agencies. He claims the preventable deaths of 500,000 Americans in nursing homes each year are due to incompetence, corruption, and apathy.
Wes’ first act as an advocate, on December 17, 2000, called for the review of all nursing home residents’ deaths, while contending 900 Oklahomans (now estimated at 3,500) were dying of preventable causes each year. In 2001, he founded A Perfect Cause and demanded the resignations of seven nursing home owners and administrators from Oklahoma’s Continuum of Care Task Force, as their facilities had more cited deficiencies than the states’ average per data from Medicare.gov Nursing Home Compare.
In 2002, the group ranked Oklahoma’s 347 nursing homes against four criteria including unplanned weight loss, bedsores, cited deficiencies, and staffing. Only five nursing homes beat the national average in all four categories.
Wes uncovered the nursing home industry’s “companies of common ownership” scheme in 2003, which diverts millions of dollars annually from the care of patients and residents, in Oklahoma alone.
A Perfect Cause uncovered and exposed “Predators in America’s Nursing Homes” in 2004, documenting hundreds and later thousands of violent and sexual offenders warehoused, as residents. In 2008, Wes successfully fought for legislation to establish a special nursing home for registered sex offenders, in Oklahoma. That same year, he testified before Congress on this disturbing issue.
Wes fought successfully to require reporting of rapes and assaults of nursing home victims to law enforcement, in 2010. Then to protect the right for families to use electronic monitoring systems, i.e. “granny cams” in nursing home residents’ rooms, in 2013.
However, his efforts to increase staffing, to require liability insurance, to identify medical directors, to publically document owners’ companies of common ownership, and many more systemic failures have been unsuccessful against the powerful nursing home lobby, often killed in backroom deals.
In 2013, the group called for the resignations of seven state officials for violating 43 federal and state laws, intended to protect nursing home patients and residents. On May 13, 2014, A Perfect Cause filed an Open Records Act Request on Governor Mary Fallin and her office. The ACLU-OK filed a lawsuit against the Governor’s office on November 9, 2015 for failing to comply with the law and the group’s request. As of October 25, 2016, the Governor’s office had not complied with the request and the law.
Wes Bledsoe and his efforts have been covered by ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News, TODAY, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, and other national and local media across the country; as well as CANAL+ in Europe.
Today, Wes Bledsoe continues the fight to protect and save of lives of your loved ones and you.