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Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham

  • Nursing Home

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham's website

1028 Bessemer Rd,
Birmingham AL 35228

(205) 923-1777

38.34% estimated occupancy 1

Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham is just one of 16 nursing homes in Birmingham, Alabama. This turns out to be a solid facility, with an overall grade of B-. The nursing homes in Birmingham received quality scores across the board with a city grade of a B. The best part of this place's report card was its stellar inspection score. Inspection reports are discussed in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Individual
  • Offers Respite Care
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Speech Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A

The primary reason this nursing home received a decent overall score is its excellent government inspections in recent years. We awarded it one of our higher scores in that category, with an A. This is a notably better score than the facility's overall score, which was decent but not in the elite range. Perhaps the most critical factor we look at in determining our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with higher scores in this area most likely avoided the more severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. While this place had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were major deficiencies based on CMS' scale. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This nursing home's next most favorable category is its long-term care score, where it received a B-. For residents seeking a permanent place to live as opposed to rehabilitation, long-term care grades are very important. On top of assessing the quantity of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the number of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. Candidly, we were a bit bothered by the fact that this nursing home provided the vaccine to just 6.578947 percent of its residents. Nevertheless, this place was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had only 0.02 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

This nursing home's nursing grade appears to be one of its better features. The facility received a grade of B- in this category. There are a host of criteria included in this category. Many of the criteria relate to levels of nurse staffing. This particular nursing home provided just 0.3 hours of nursing care per resident each day. This figure is far below the national average. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality measures. Although this nursing home got dinged a bit for nursing hours, it excelled in some of these quality-based measures. With less than five percent of its patients suffering from pressure ulcers, it performed very well in this subcategory. This is typically a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be prevented by providing better nursing care, such as employing a policy of turning a patient even once per day.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: C

Turning to our fourth category, this nursing home received a respectable short-term care grade of C. Our short-term care grade is commonly used to grade a facility's performance with rehabilitation. In order to offer highly scored rehabilitation services, facilities generally must offer higher levels of highly skilled nursing services. Skilled nursing includes registered nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other highly trained professionals. We weren't able to locate registered nurse or physical therapy staffing data for this facility. Finally, we assessed the percentage of residents who were able to return to the community from this facility. We found that 5.1 percent of this facility's residents returned home. At most facilities, closer to half of their residents are able to return home so this figure is below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-plus

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 9.14% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to staying in one position for too long.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 3.5% of Patients had Serious Falls

This tells you the percentage of patients that suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injury are often linked to lower levels of patient supervision. Better nursing care can minimize the number of major falls sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A+

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 3.25% of Patients had UTIs

This statistic tells you the percentage of long-term patients which sustained a urinary tract infection. While more of these infections could reflect poorly on a facility's nursing care, it can be problematic to compare different facilities due to nursing homes having differing reporting standards.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 19.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents which are given antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in scenarios where such medications are not medically indicated. However, some nursing homes need to rely on these medications due to having more patients suffering from cognitive disorders.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 23.34% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents which were prescribed antianxiety medication. These drugs are prescribed to patients suffering from depression and anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 1.35% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay patients who are showing signs of depression. Many believe that this is a reasonable measure of patient quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: F

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 91.96% of Patients

This tells you the percent of patients who were administered the flu and pneumonia vaccines. High vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: F

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 13.45% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. Activities of daily living include activities such as taking medications and taking a bath. Some experts argue that this is a reliable measure of a resident's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 18.12% Percentage of Residents

This metric tracks the percent of long-term care residents who maintained mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: C

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 1.46 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This datapoint measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is important to preserving the physical health of residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Blue Ridge Healthcare Birmingham, 18.12 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This is the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.

Scores for Birmingham, AL

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of B-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of A

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Nearby Dialysis

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  • Steel City Dialysis2.48 miles away1809 Avenue H Birmingham Alabama 35218Dialysis Stations: 10 (205) 785-2972
  • Fmc Midfield Dialysis3.34 miles away613 Bessemer Super Highway Birmingham Alabama 35228CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 24 (205) 481-0019
  • Rcg Princeton3.58 miles away708 Cotton Ave Sw Birmingham Alabama 35211CMS Rating: 1 stars Dialysis Stations: 34 (205) 785-3500
  • Fmc West3.62 miles away633 Lomb Avenue Birmingham Alabama 35211Dialysis Stations: 24 (205) 781-2366
  • Fresenius Medical Care Birmingham Home, LLC4.31 miles away35 West Lakeshore Drive Suite 105 Birmingham Alabama 35209Dialysis Stations: 13 (205) 290-1197
  • Fmc Forestdale5.56 miles away1004 Forestdale Blvd Birmingham Alabama 35214Dialysis Stations: 14 (205) 798-8321