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Kirkwood by the River

  • Nursing Home
  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-minus
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Kirkwood by the River's website

3605 Ratliff Road,
Birmingham AL 35210

(205) 956-2184

68.85% estimated occupancy 1

Kirkwood by the River is in the densely populated metropolitan area of Birmingham, Alabama. Sporting an overall score of A-, this is undoubtedly a very impressive facility. Even in a city of 16 other nursing homes, this nursing home really stands out. As you can see below, this nursing home also performed just fine in our category scores. It would be hard to poke holes in this nursing home's profile.

Quick Details

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

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Recreational Therapy

Registered Staff Hours

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Facility Inspections

Grade: A-plus

In addition to being a first rate facility overall, this nursing home also excelled in our inspections category, where it received an A+. Few places fared as well in this category. We weigh several aspects of a nursing home's inspection report in determining these inspection grades. One key factor is deficiencies. You should keep in mind that the severity of deficiencies is arguably more important than the quantity of deficiencies, as some are relatively insignificant. Fortunately, although this nursing home had some minor dings on its report, it had no severe deficiencies. Severe deficiencies are those found in categories G through L. This means CMS didn't consider any of the deficiencies on this facility's report to pose an imminent threat to patient health or safety. Remember that deficiency-free inspections are rare in the industry.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A-. Our nursing rating is primarily tied to a facility's nurse staffing. This facility provided 0.4 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This facility performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Additionally, this facility also was given favorable short-term care scores in our assessment. In fact, we awarded them one of our better scores in that area, with a grade of B+. In calculating our short-term care grades, we size up the nursing home's levels of skilled nursing services, which includes registered nurses, physical therapists respiratory therapists and other highly skilled individuals. This category is frequently a meaningful assessment of the nursing home's rehabilitation services. Fortunately, it looks like this facility has registered nurses on staff. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. However, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Lastly, we considered the number of residents that eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's residents were able to return home.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Moving on to the final category, this facility was awarded a strong long-term care rating. In fact, we awarded it a B+ in this category, topping off one of our finer report cards. Nursing homes that excel in long-term care tend to be well-staffed and provide extensive hands on care to residents. One of the factors we considered after nursing hours is vaccines. This nursing home provided the pneumonia vaccination to 100 percent of its patients. Vaccination is a great way to avoid unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations for the aged 65 and up population. Lastly, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. It had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Kirkwood by the River Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Kirkwood by the River, 9.23% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also referred to as bed sores, are routinely caused by residents not being moved frequently enough. Better nursing protocols minimizes the number of pressure ulcers sustained by residents in a nursing home.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B-plus

In Kirkwood by the River, 3.48% of Patients had Serious Falls

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term residents that had a fall which resulted in severe injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of falls resulting in injuries may be an indicator of lower quality nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Kirkwood by the River, 3.13% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percent of residents who sustained a urinary tract infection. These infections are linked to inadequate hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Kirkwood by the River, 19.45% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This is the percentage of patients who were prescribed antipsychotic medications. These medications are used for several medical conditions, including Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: D

In Kirkwood by the River, 23.11% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This statistic is an indication of the percent of long-term care patients that were prescribed antianxiety medication. These medications are commonly given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Kirkwood by the River, 1.27% of Patients

This metric measures the percentage of long-term residents showing symptoms of depression. Some would argue that this is a reasonable measure of quality of life.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Kirkwood by the River, 92.58% of Patients

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

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-minus

In Kirkwood by the River, 12.92% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term stay residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as moving around and eating.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Kirkwood by the River, 15.91% Percentage of Residents

This is a measure of the percentage of long-term patients who were able to retain mobility.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Kirkwood by the River, 1.62 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

This tells you the number of times residents are hospitalized per thousand days of patient care. There is generally a correlation between reduced hospitalizations and the overall quality of long-term care.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Kirkwood by the River, 15.91 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This tells you the number of rehospitalizations per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing home's quality of short-term rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: B-minus

In Kirkwood by the River, 11.46 Percentage of Patients

This metric is a measure of the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per thousand days of short-term patient care. Avoiding medical emergencies is one way to gauge the well-being of patients during rehabilitation.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Kirkwood by the River, 73.73% Percentage of Resident

This is the percentage of short-term stay residents that saw functional improvements, such as enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living.

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

Looking for more options? Birmingham, Alabama has 15 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • St Vincent's EastAcute Care Hospitals 4.01 miles away50 Medical Park East Drive Birmingham Alabama 35235Voluntary non-profit - Private(205) 838-3122
  • Grandview Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 9.03 miles away3690 Grandview Parkway Birmingham Alabama 35243Proprietary(205) 971-1000
  • St Vincent's BirminghamAcute Care Hospitals 9.25 miles away810 St Vincent's Drive Birmingham Alabama 35205Voluntary non-profit - Private(205) 939-7000
  • Brookwood Baptist Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 9.96 miles away2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive Birmingham Alabama 35209Proprietary(205) 877-1000
  • University of Alabama HospitalAcute Care Hospitals 10.02 miles away619 South 19th Street Birmingham Alabama 35233Government - State(205) 934-4011
  • Uab Callahan Eye Hospital AuthorityAcute Care Hospitals 10.1 miles away1720 University Blvd, Suite 500 Birmingham Alabama 35233Voluntary non-profit - Private(205) 325-8100
  • Children's Hospital of AlabamaChildrens 10.27 miles away1600 Seventh Avenue South Birmingham Alabama 35233Voluntary non-profit - Private(205) 939-9100
  • Princeton Baptist Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 12.61 miles away701 Princeton Avenue Southwest Birmingham Alabama 35211Voluntary non-profit - Church(205) 783-3800

Nearby Dialysis

  • Birmingham East Dialysis4.03 miles away1105 East Park Drive Birmingham Alabama 35235CMS Rating: 3 stars Dialysis Stations: 20 (205) 833-6003
  • Fresenius Medical Care Trussville, LLC4.62 miles away3671 Roosevelt Blvd Birmingham Alabama 35235Dialysis Stations: 20 (205) 655-0961
  • Fmc Montclair4.77 miles away7780 Ludington Lane Birmingham Alabama 35210Dialysis Stations: 24 (205) 957-1010
  • Bio-Medical Applications of Alabama, Inc.4.99 miles away9540 Parkway E Birmingham Alabama 35215Dialysis Stations: 13 (205) 838-2652
  • Dci Birmingham5.28 miles away8713 Parkway East Birmingham Alabama 35206CMS Rating: 5 stars Dialysis Stations: 16 (205) 838-5400
  • Renal Treatment Centers Southeast, Lp5.56 miles away218 Main Street Suite 114 & 118 Trussville Alabama 35173Dialysis Stations: 16 (205) 655-0871
  • Leeds Dialysis6.49 miles away1650 Maxey Drive Leeds Alabama 35094Dialysis Stations: 10 (205) 699-5383
  • Davita Center Point Dialysis7.6 miles away2337 1st St Ne Birmingham Alabama 35215Dialysis Stations: 16 (205) 520-1108