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Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Reese

Historical Rating
Grade: B-plus
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1285 West a Street,
Kannapolis NC 28081

(704) 932-0000

79.4% estimated occupancy 1

Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers is a small non-profit facility located in Kannapolis, North Carolina. We gave this facility an overall grade of B+. A grade of this caliber requires solid scores in most areas. This nursing home definitely has plenty working in its favor. The best part of this facility's impressive report card is its inspection rating. Inspection grades are discussed in the next paragraph

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Church related

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

This facility received a quality overall score as described above, but we especially wanted to point out its excellent health inspections in recent years. We gave it an impressive grade of A in this area. We take several aspects of a facility's inspection report into consideration in determining our inspection scores. One of those factors is health deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of the deficiencies is arguably more meaningful than the number of deficiencies, as some can be relatively insignificant. Fortunately, although this facility had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This tells you CMS did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A

Among this nursing home's other achievements is its dominant long-term care grade. We gave them one of our best grades in that area, with a score of A. When nursing homes receive a score in this range in long-term care it typically means it has plenty of staff and is an overall good place to live on a permanent basis. In addition to looking at the impressive quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff at this facility, we also were pleased by the nursing home's vaccination record. By way of example, this facility provided the pneumonia vaccine to 100 percent of its residents, which is what we like to see. Lastly, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. With only 1.24 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, this nursing home had fewer hospitalizations than many nursing homes.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B

Another strong feature for this facility is that it received an impressive nursing grade. In that area, we awarded this facility a grade of B. Nursing ratings are based in large part on nurse staffing levels. With 5.2 hours of nursing care per resident per day, this nursing home surpassed the overwhelming majority of facilities. Finally, this facility was also above average in each of the major quality-based metrics we looked at in this category. For example, it performed well when it comes to avoiding major falls and pressure ulcers. These areas are generally reliable indicators of the quality of nursing care a nursing home provides.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The next area we rated was short-term care, where this facility received a grade of B-. This actually is this facility's least impressive category. This is nevertheless not a bad grade. In the category of short-term care, we seek to evaluate indicators of a facility's rehabilitation services. We look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses and various therapists. One reason for this facility's strong score in this category is that it provides a substantially greater volume of physical therapist hours than the average nursing home. The final datapoint we looked at in this area is the number of residents who who were able to eventually return home from the facility. It fared respectably with 47.2 percent of its residents returning home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jun 22

Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 10.34% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of residents that sustained a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are considered by many experts to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . Pressure ulcers, also called bed sores, are routinely the result of patients staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 3.97% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of patients that sustained a fall resulting in severe injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 3.26% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be an indicator of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are routinely linked to a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this metric could be skewed for some nursing homes due to varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 11.5% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is an indication of the percentage of long-term care residents that were administered antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a nursing home is using these medications to control patient behavior in scenarios where such medications aren't medically indicated. However, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these medications due to having more residents with dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 22.5% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic measures the percent of long-term patients taking antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 3.06% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of residents who are showing signs of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 88.86% of Patients

Measures the percentage of long-term care patients who received the flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 19.28% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay patients who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as moving around and bathing. Some experts argue this is a measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-minus

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 26.79% Percentage of Residents

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that retained mobility levels.

Hospitalizations

Grade: A-minus

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 1.3 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is the number of hospitalizations per 1,000 days of care. There is typically a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-plus

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 26.79 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term care.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 11.98 Percentage of Patients

This indicates the number of emergency room visits per thousand days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: B

In Big Elm Retirement and Nursing Centers, 72.58% Percentage of Resident

This metric measures the percent of short-term care patients who experienced functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Carolinas Healthcare System NortheastAcute Care Hospitals 5.7 miles away920 Church St N Concord North Carolina 28025Government - Hospital District or Authority(704) 783-3000
  • Lake Norman Regional Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 12.55 miles away171 Fairview Road Mooresville North Carolina 28117Proprietary(704) 660-4000
  • Novant Health Rowan Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 14.88 miles away612 Mocksville Ave Salisbury North Carolina 28144Voluntary non-profit - Private(704) 210-5000
  • Novant Health Huntersville Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 14.92 miles away10030 Gilead Road Huntersville North Carolina 28078Voluntary non-profit - Private(704) 316-4000
  • Atrium Health University CityAcute Care Hospitals 15.81 miles away8800 North Tyron Street Charlotte North Carolina 28262Government - Hospital District or Authority(704) 548-6000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Dialysis of Kannapolis1.04 miles away1607 North Main Street Kannapolis North Carolina 28081CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 30 (704) 933-0809
  • Copperfield Dialysis4.47 miles away1030 Vinehaven Dr Ne Concord North Carolina 28025CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 27 (704) 795-7552
  • Harrisburg Dialysis Center10.27 miles away3310 Perry St Concord North Carolina 28027CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 25 (704) 792-1144
  • Lake Norman Dialysis Center of Wake Forest University12.86 miles away164 Professional Park Drive Mooresville North Carolina 28117CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 27 (704) 799-1860
  • Dialysis Care of Rowan County Inc14.42 miles away111 Dorsett Drive Salisbury North Carolina 28144CMS Rating: 2 stars Dialysis Stations: 33 (704) 637-2107
  • Independent Nephrology Services Huntersville15.08 miles away9920 Kincey Avenue Ste 140 Huntersville North Carolina 28078Dialysis Stations: 10 (704) 947-2341
  • Huntersville Dialysis15.34 miles away9622 Kincey Ave Huntersville North Carolina 28078Dialysis Stations: 14 (704) 912-3890
  • Dsi Glenwater Dialysis15.44 miles away9030 Glenwater Drive Charlotte North Carolina 28262CMS Rating: 1 stars Dialysis Stations: 42 (704) 503-6900

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