State identifies more quality care problems at Cannon House in Central District

Cannon House, a 120-bed retirement home and assisted living center in the Central District, has received its fifth citation this year for substandard care. In this most recent admonishment, they’ve incurred a $9,200 fine for 92 patient care violations.

Cannon House

Cannon House

The news comes from Public Data Ferret, which reports that “earlier this year barred from admitting new residents until it straightens things out. Its administrator was ordered by the state to either retake training classes or hire a management mentor to help improve performance. The state also required Cannon House to hire a registered nurse to develop and implement a plan to better monitor resident health and ensure appropriate medication, care and planning are provided.”

The recent violations are related to “medication, monitoring, care planning:”

The 92 patient care violations were outlined in a September 13 letter which also spelled out the required corrections.

Thirty-two times Cannon House staff failed to give residents scheduled doses of medication, and 49 times patients were not weighed when required, resulting in a 23-pound gain for one with congestive heart failure, according to the state notice. Five times the facility didn’t “identify, update or address” individual health care plans for a resident whose health conditions were undergoing change, and until six days after it was reported by a doctor and resident, a room was left untreated for bed bug infestation.

Click here to read the full article on Public Data Ferret.

4 thoughts on “State identifies more quality care problems at Cannon House in Central District

  1. Thanks Megan for highlighting our article. The publication is actually called Public Data Ferret, could you change that? It’s a bit confusing because the root URL of our “mother blog” is – But the place where we archive all the articles by jurisdiction and topic, so folks can connect the dots, is Public Data Ferret, and that URL is entered in this comment under “Website.” Thanks again, and keep up the good work overing the CD.

  2. My elder family member lived at Cannon House and although the building itself is beautiful and new, the meds were a constant issue. Meds were late, missed, meds were found in his bed, on his food tray, on the floor. As an insulin dependent diabetic the RN should have seen him at each mealtime, and had him swallow his meds (old people forget things). Instead people would line up to see the one RN for meds outside the cafeteria, where there were only a few seats – and I mean the entire building population would line up in that hallway. My family member couldn’t stand for long periods, and by the time he’d waited his food would be cold. Eventually he stopped going to the cafeteria for meals and really declined in health, Sometimes the RN wouldn’t notice until dinner time that he hadn’t been to see her at either of the previous two meals, for his insulin and other meds. The diet was also frequently not appropriate for the many diabetics there. The staff are really nice people, but the nursing care there was not managed well, was massively understaffed, and lacked documenting and planning processes. When my family member was taken away by ambulance after a significant decline and an infection that went unnoticed, his DNR order didn’t follow him to the hospital, which caused all sorts of horrible interventions. It’s sad, because it’s really a lovely building and nice, bright place to live and stay in the neighborhood – but considering every dime of the resident’s social security and other benefits are taken to pay for care, along with subsidies, the amount of money collected per resident justifies a much higher level of care.

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