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Cottage of the Shoals

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Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B
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Cottage of the Shoals's website

500 John Aldridge Drive,
Tuscumbia AL 35674

(256) 383-4541

83.1% estimated occupancy 1

Cottage of the Shoals is located in Tuscumbia, Alabama, a city with 18,475 people. It looks like this is a fine nursing home. We awarded it an overall grade of B, which is a quality rating. In our view, this nursing home looks like a solid choice for quite a few people. This place was stronger in some categories than others, but it didn't have any bad scores in any of our major areas discussed below. More information about these categories can be found below.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Amputee Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Bariatric Care
  • Colostomy Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Awards

Best Nursing Home in Tuscumbia, Alabama badge

Best Nursing Home in Tuscumbia, Alabama Awards 2020

Top Nursing Home in Alabama badge

Top Nursing Home in Alabama Awards 2021

Best Nursing Home in Tuscumbia, Alabama badge

Best Nursing Home in Tuscumbia, Alabama Awards 2021

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

On top of being a strong nursing home overall, this place especially excelled in our inspections category, where it earned a grade of A+. Few nursing homes fared better in this category. Perhaps the most significant factor we consider in calculating our inspection grades is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Places with better scores in this area most likely dodged the most severe deficiencies involving things like patient abuse. While this nursing home had a few minor dings on its inspection report, it had zero severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those labeled as categories G, H, I, J, K and L. This means the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient safety or health. Remember that deficiency-free inspections are uncommon in the industry.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B

This facility was given a strong short-term care grade as well. We gave it one of our better grades in that category with a score of B. Our short-term care grades are based in part on the nursing home's quantity of skilled skilled healthcare professionals. This means a broad spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and occupational therapists, not to mention other forms of therapy. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every facility employs these types of nurses. However, according to the data they provided, they do not appear to employ physical therapists. The final metric we considered in this area is the number of patients that eventually returned home from the facility. We found that 5.4 percent of this nursing home's residents returned home as opposed to remaining at the nursing home on a permanent basis.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The third most favorable category we gave this facility in any category came in the category of long-term care, where we awarded it a grade of B-. In the area of long-term care, we focus more on the quantity of services provided by a nursing home, rather than more medically-intensive services. Once we looked at the quantity of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we next considered the nursing home's vaccination record. Unfortunately, this facility vaccinated just 78.98833 percent of its residents against pneumonia. Nevertheless, this facility was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. It had only 0.01 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

Switching gears to the next area, this nursing home was awarded a B- in nursing, which we consider to be a respectable grade. There are a host of factors within this grade. Most of these criteria are tied to nurse staffing. This facility provides only 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient on a daily basis. This is a somewhat concerning figure as it is well below average. Lastly, despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours per resident, this place actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is often a good indicator that a place has quality controls in place.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Cottage of the Shoals Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Cottage of the Shoals, 9.23% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This statistic gauges the percentage of long-term residents who suffered from new or worsened pressure ulcers . We bake this statistic into our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: F

In Cottage of the Shoals, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure measures the percent of long-term residents who sustained falls which resulted in major injury. We use this statistic in calculating nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Cottage of the Shoals, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percent of patients who sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely caused by nursing homes with worse hygiene protocols. Better hygiene protocols can minimize the percentage of residents in a nursing home who suffer from UTI's. Keep in mind that this metric is sometimes skewed by the fact that facilities have different reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Cottage of the Shoals, 19.45% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term stay patients which are prescribed antipsychotic drugs. High levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior in situations where such medications aren't medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely more on these medications due to an increased number of residents with dementia.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Cottage of the Shoals, 23.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percent of residents who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are prescribed to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Cottage of the Shoals, 1.27% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents showing depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Cottage of the Shoals, 92.58% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: D

In Cottage of the Shoals, 12.92% Percentage of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Cottage of the Shoals, 15.91% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of patients who remained mobile levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a great sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Cottage of the Shoals, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This metric measures the number of times residents are hospitalized per 1,000 days of patient care. Keeping residents out of the hospital is critical to the physical health of nursing home patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Cottage of the Shoals, 15.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is usually a correlation between staying out of the hospital and the quality of rehabilitation services.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: F

In Cottage of the Shoals, 11.46 Percentage of Patients

This is the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between keeping patients out of the emergency room and the overall quality of short-term care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Cottage of the Shoals, 73.73% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percentage of short-term care patients that experienced functional improvements.

Nearby Hospitals

  • Shoals HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 1.28 miles away201 West Avalon Avenue Muscle Shoals Alabama 35661Government - Hospital District or Authority(256) 386-1601
  • Helen Keller Memorial HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 1.86 miles away1300 South Montgomery Avenue Sheffield Alabama 35660Government - Hospital District or Authority(256) 386-4556
  • North Alabama Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 5.49 miles away1701 Veterans Drive Florence Alabama 35630Proprietary(256) 768-8400
  • Russellville HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 15.05 miles away15155 Highway 43 Russellville Alabama 35653Proprietary(256) 332-1611

Nearby Dialysis

  • Muscle Shoals Dialysis1.25 miles away712 State Street Muscle Shoals Alabama 35661Dialysis Stations: 10 (256) 386-7028
  • Sheffield Dialysis1.9 miles away1120 S Jackson Hwy Ste 107 Sheffield Alabama 35660CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 12 (256) 381-8004
  • Florence Dialysis5.05 miles away422 East Dr. Hicks Blvd Florence Alabama 35630CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 18 (256) 764-5050
  • Davita Renaissance6.7 miles away1840 Darby Drive Florence Alabama 35630Dialysis Stations: 10 (256) 764-2313
  • Russellville Dialysis15.07 miles away14897 Hwy 43 Russellville Alabama 35653Dialysis Stations: 10 (256) 332-7044