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Kirkwood by the River

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

Updated Jun 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

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

3605 Ratliff Road,
Birmingham AL 35210

(205) 956-2184

70.16% 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 phenomenal facility. Even in a city of 16 other nursing homes, this nursing home really stands out. One of the best aspects of this facility's remarkable profile is its inspection rating. We discuss inspections in the next section.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • No Medicaid 1
  • Is CCRC
  • Has Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Non profit - Corporation
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • Medication Management
  • Home Making
  • Transportation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Mental Health
  • 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 nursing home overall, this facility also performed well in our inspections category, where it earned an A+. Few nursing homes fared this well in this category. Our inspection scores weigh several factors found on a nursing home's inspection report. One key criteria we weigh heavily is the number and severity of deficiencies. Facilities with better scores in this category usually have few of these severe deficiencies. This nursing home received 2 deficiencies on its inspection report, but none were considered to be major deficiencies. This indicates that the inspectors did not consider any of the deficiencies to create an immediate threat to resident health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

This nursing home also was awarded an A+ long-term care grade, making it one of the few facilities to be given more than one A+ category scores. Facilities that do well in this category typically are well-staffed and provide extensive hands on care to residents. Once we concluded our assessment of the quantity of care provided by nurses, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination data. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia sadly is often a life threatening condition for nursing home residents so we like it when a nursing home does not leave its residents vulnerable. Finally, this place was able to limit hospitalizations. In fact, it had only 0.01 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is an impressively low number.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

Adding to its strong resume, this facility also received an excellent nursing score, with a grade of A-. We assessed the skill-level of nurses at the facility, in addition to the quantity of time the nurses spent with residents, in computing our score in this area. This nursing home provides 0.5 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also looked at several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any nursing home Alabama in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can frequently be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as by having a system of moving residents even once per day.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-minus

The last area we assessed was short-term care, where this facility was given a grade of B-. While this proved to be its poorest category score, this is still a middle of the pack score. In the area of short-term care, we attempt to assess indicators of a nursing home's rehabilitation services. We analyze the nursing home's skilled nursing services, including the ones performed by registered nurses and physical, occupational and other therapists. Fortunately, it looks like this nursing home employs registered nurses. Not every nursing home employs these types of nurses. On the other hand, based on the information this nursing home provided, it does not look like the facility employs physical therapists. Finally, we considered the percentage of patients who ultimately returned home from this facility. We found that 4.4 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home. This figure was actually quite a bit below average.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Kirkwood by the River Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-minus

In Kirkwood by the River, 9.14% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percent of residents who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage caused by staying in one position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: B

In Kirkwood by the River, 3.5% of Patients had Serious Falls

This datapoint is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who have experienced a fall leading to serious injury. We use this statistic in computing nursing scores.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: D

In Kirkwood by the River, 3.25% of Patients had UTIs

This is the percent of patients that have had a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections are considered by many experts to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care at a nursing home. UTI's are routinely associated with a facility with worst hygiene practices. However, this metric may also be misleading for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for urinary tract infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: F

In Kirkwood by the River, 19.54% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This datapoint indicates the percent of long-term care residents which are administered antipsychotic drugs. Excessive reliance on these medications may indicate that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents in situations where such medications are not medically required. Nevertheless, some nursing homes may need to rely more on these drugs due to an increased number of residents with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: F

In Kirkwood by the River, 23.34% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This tells you the percentage of residents who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. Antianxiety drugs are given to residents experiencing anxiety or depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Kirkwood by the River, 1.35% of Patients

This indicates the percent of residents exhibiting symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Kirkwood by the River, 91.96% of Patients

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

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: B

In Kirkwood by the River, 13.45% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint is a measure of the percentage of long-term care residents who needed increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as getting dressed and using the bathroom.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B-plus

In Kirkwood by the River, 18.12% Percentage of Residents

This is a measure of the percent of long-term care patients who retained mobility levels. Some experts argue that mobility is important for patients mental and physical well-being.

Hospitalizations

Grade: B

In Kirkwood by the River, 1.46 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days

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 patients.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B-minus

In Kirkwood by the River, 18.12 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This metric tracks the number of times residents are rehospitalized per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. Avoiding rehospitalizations during rehabilitation is key to restoring the health of residents.

Short-term Care: ER Visits

Grade: A-minus

In Kirkwood by the River, 11.48 Percentage of Patients

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

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Kirkwood by the River, 72.53% Percentage of Resident

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

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

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  • 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