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Diversicare of Big Springs

  • Nursing Home
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: B-minus
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500 St. Clair Avenue Southwest,
Huntsville AL 35801

(256) 539-5111

73.37% estimated occupancy 1

Diversicare of Big Springs is located in Huntsville, Alabama. This city has 190,178 people. We gave this nursing home an overall grade of B-. A score in this range requires some decent scores. The nursing homes in Huntsville received a city grade of B+ so this is not the only good option in the city. The best part of this place's profile was its stellar inspection rating. We discuss inspections in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • For profit - Corporation
  • Secure Memory Care 
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Post-Acute Care 
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Dialysis Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Amputee Recovery
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Wound Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Diabetes Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Optometry
  • Oncology Care
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

We want to point out that this nursing home outperformed its overall grade in the category of inspections. In fact, it received a nearly flawless inspection report this year. As a result, we gave it one of our best grades in that category with an A+. These inspection grades weigh several factors, including deficiencies and substantiated complaints. You can learn more about each of these items by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. Although this nursing home had a few deficiencies on its government inspection report, none were major deficiencies based on CMS' deficiency scale. The fact that none of the deficiencies were severe leaves us less concerned with this inspection report.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B

Another one of this facility's more favorable category scores came in the area of long-term care. In that area, we awarded this facility a B. Long-term care scores in this range generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. On top of looking at the volume of care provided by nurses and other staff, we also looked at the percentage of residents vaccinated for pneumonia. This facility vaccinated 78.40237 percent of its patients. This is slightly lower than we were hoping for but still a respectable figure. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it also excelled at keeping its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had only 0.03 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: B-minus

Next, we looked at the nursing category where we awarded this nursing home a grade of B-, which is a decent grade. Our nursing grade is based on the facility's level of nurse staffing. We look at both the levels of skill of those nurses as well as the quantity of hours spent with patients. This nursing home provides 0.2 hours of nursing care per resident per day. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, our nursing ratings also consider quality-based metrics, such as preventing major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this place actually performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is often a reliable indicator that a nursing home has sufficient quality controls in place. Many falls can be avoided if a facility provides enough nurses to assist its residents.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: D

The next category we analyzed was short-term care, which proved to be this facility's least impressive category. We awarded this facility a D in that category. Naturally, this score hurt the nursing home's overall grade to some degree. In determining our short-term care grades, we look at the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including those performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists and other types of therapists. The purpose is to formulate a scale for sizing up the rehabilitation services of various facilities. Unfortunately, we found that this nursing home provided fewer physical therapist and registered nurse hours per resident than most other facilities. Finally, we considered the number of residents who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that just 4.6 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Diversicare of Big Springs Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: B-minus

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 9.23% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This figure is an indication of the percent of long-term care residents who suffer from new or worsened pressure ulcers . We bake this statistic into our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A-minus

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric tells you the percentage of long-term patients that had falls which resulted in major injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls could be an indication of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: B

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs

This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term patients who have had a UTI. UTI's may be a sign of worse hygiene protocols. However, this metric could be skewed for certain facilities due to different reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: B-plus

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 19.45% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percent of long-term care residents that are prescribed antipsychotic drugs. Increased usage of these drugs may indicate that a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior in situations where such drugs are not medically indicated. Nevertheless, some nursing homes need to rely more on these medications due to having more residents suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 23.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were prescribed antianxiety medications. These drugs are commonly prescribed to patients experiencing anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A-minus

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 1.27% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents showing signs of depression. Some would argue that this is a reliable measure of quality of care.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: D

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 92.58% of Patients

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

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 12.92% Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percentage of long-term stay residents that needed additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and taking a bath. Some experts believe this is a measure of a patient's well-being.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: F

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 15.91% Percentage of Residents

This tells you the percent of patients that retained mobility levels over time. Retaining mobility can be a good sign for residents' health.

Hospitalizations

Grade: D

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This is a measure of the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. Minimizing hospitalizations is critical to preserving the physical health of nursing home residents.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: A-plus

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 15.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

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

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: D

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 11.46 Percentage of Patients

Measures the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: A

In Diversicare of Big Springs, 73.73% Percentage of Resident

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

Scores for Huntsville, AL

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

Looking for more options? Huntsville, Alabama has 7 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Huntsville HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 0.26 miles away101 Sivley Rd Huntsville Alabama 35801Government - Hospital District or Authority(256) 265-1000

Nearby Dialysis

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  • Fmc Parkway1.86 miles away1311 N Memorial Pkwy Ste 100 Huntsville Alabama 35801Dialysis Stations: 15 (256) 536-5563
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  • Endeavor Dialysis3.76 miles away1675 Sparkman Drive Huntsville Alabama 35816CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 15 (256) 722-0013
  • Bio Medical Applications of Alabama4.26 miles away8000 Charlotte Drive Sw Huntsville Alabama 35802Dialysis Stations: 16 (256) 880-5151
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