Cottage of the Shoals

Updated May 1, 2022 by Sara Levinsohn

Historical Rating
Grade: B
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500 John Aldridge Drive,
Tuscumbia AL 35674

(256) 383-4541

83.59% estimated occupancy 1

With an address in Tuscumbia, Alabama, Cottage of the Shoals is the lone option we found in the city. It looks like this is a very respectable nursing home. We awarded it an overall grade of B, which is a quality rating. Based on our ratings, you can do much worse than this place. This place's strong profile was highlighted by its inspection score, which you can find in the next paragraph.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • Has Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

On top of performing well in its overall grade, this facility performed at an even higher level in the area of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless inspection report this year. As a result, it received one of our highest grades in that category with a score of A+. Arguably the most important factor we consider in determining our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies can be found on a nursing home's inspection reports. Places with higher scores in this area typically avoided the most severe deficiencies involving patient abuse or death. Although this nursing home had some deficiencies on its government inspection report, none of them were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. We should point out that deficiency-free inspections are rare in this industry.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Additionally, this nursing home also was awarded favorable short-term care grades this year. Indeed, we awarded them one of our higher grades in that area, with a grade of B+. Our short-term care scores are believed to be more meaningful for folks in need of rehabilitation services. Rehabilitation usually requires higher levels of skilled nursing. This means not merely nursing services, but also physical and speech therapy, as well as other types of therapy. We were pleased to find that this nursing home employs both registered nurses and physical therapists. The same can't be said for all nursing homes. This nursing home performed much better in the final datapoint we assessed in this area, which was the number of patients who were able to leave the facility and return to the community. This place performed as well as just about any facility in Alabama in this area with 58.1 percent of its residents returning home. With most nursing homes, fewer than half of their short-term residents are able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

This facility was awarded its next best category grade in the category of long-term care. We awarded this nursing home a B- in this category, which is a reasonably acceptable score. In the area of long-term care, we look at the amount of services offered by a facility, as opposed to more healthcare-oriented services. Once we assessed the amount of care provided by aids and other staff, we then analyzed the facility's vaccination data. Candidly, we were a bit concerned this nursing home vaccinated 82.99595 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which happens to be quite a bit lower than the national average. Nevertheless, this nursing home also excelled at keeping its patients out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 1.63 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days.

Nurse Quality

Grade: C

The final category we looked at is nursing. We awarded this nursing home a C in this category. The nursing score weighs many data points, most of which are tied to quantities of nurse staffing. This facility provided just 3.3 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a relatively low total compared to most other facilities. Lastly, our nursing grades also consider some quality-focused metrics. We look at the percent of patients who experienced pressure ulcers and major falls. Sometimes these data points are decent measures of the quality of nursing care, since superior care can reduce these problems.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Cottage of the Shoals Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: D

In Cottage of the Shoals, 9.21% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This tells you the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, which are also referred to as bed sores, are often the result of residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: F

In Cottage of the Shoals, 3.5% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percentage of residents who sustained a major fall. Falls resulting in severe injuries are considered by many experts to be an indicator of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls resulting in injury are often the result of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B-minus

In Cottage of the Shoals, 3.27% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percentage of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes associated with inadequate hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-minus

In Cottage of the Shoals, 19.34% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This tells you the percent of residents prescribed antipsychotic medications. Antipsychotic drugs are given to patients for many medical conditions, including dementia. Unfortunately, in some situations, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may mean a facility is using these medications to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In Cottage of the Shoals, 23.21% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This metric indicates the percent of long-term patients receiving antianxiety medications.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: B

In Cottage of the Shoals, 1.38% of Patients

This indicates the percent of patients who are exhibiting depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Cottage of the Shoals, 91.71% of Patients

This metric measures the percent of long-term patients who were vaccinated against pneumonia and flu.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: F

In Cottage of the Shoals, 13.51% Percentage of Patients

This tells you the percent of residents that required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: A

In Cottage of the Shoals, 18.39% Percentage of Residents

This indicates the percent of patients that maintained mobility over time. Retaining mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Cottage of the Shoals, 1.46 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: D

In Cottage of the Shoals, 18.39 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This datapoint measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care. Staying out of the hospital during rehabilitation is important to restoring the physical abilities of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: F

In Cottage of the Shoals, 11.47 Percentage of Patients

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

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Cottage of the Shoals, 72.41% Percentage of Resident

This is a measure of the percentage of short-term care patients who saw functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Many in the industry argue that this is a measure of a nursing home's rehabilitation services.

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

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