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Introducing our new
independent living

Featuring single-family cottage-style
homes in the heart of Kirkwood

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Live The Life
You Want

Independent vibrant living and valuable peace of
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Using Entrance Fees as an investment
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Level of Care to
Meet Your Needs

Independent, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and
Skilled Nursing, complete care available on one
campus at Kirkwood by the River.

Peaceful & Relaxing
Conveniently Located

Come and explore the natural beauty and retreat-like
setting of Kirkwood by the River’s campus.

A Life Plan Community, in a Retreat-Like Setting

Kirkwood by the River, a Life Plan Community with natural beauty and maintenance-free amenities, is where all of life’s priorities come together…family, friendship, independence, and health. Everything you need for your peace of mind and financial and personal security.

Kirkwood, ideally located on 120 acres of forested land along the Cahaba River, began as a nonprofit created by the Independent Presbyterian Church to offer continuing care retirement to seniors in the Birmingham area. This spirit continues today and is evident in all offered levels of care: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Short-term Rehabilitation.

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Our Continuum of Care

Kirkwood by the River proudly offers the full continuum of care. That means you will experience the unique peace of mind that comes from having a plan as you transition through the stages of retirement. As a life plan community, our primary focus is on helping our residents live independently and fully, on their own terms. Living at Kirkwood allows you to enjoy your retirement with confidence.

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Independent Living

Enjoy the benefits of living in an active and secure environment without the stress and hassles of home maintenance or repairs. Our apartments offer beautiful views and sounds of surrounding woods and river. Housekeeping services and nutritious meals in our dining room make you feel like you are staying at a resort.

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Assisted Living

Our Assisted Living is set up to enable and encourage as much independence as possible, with the security of having support and assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, transportation, and more.

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Memory Care

Kirkwood provides 24-hour personal care for those with mild to moderate memory loss. Family members will rest easy knowing their loved ones are receiving the highest levels of companionship and care.

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Skilled Nursing

Kirkwood offers both long-term private pay services and short-term rehabilitation services for those recovering from surgery, illness or injury. The care is customized with a higher ratio of caregivers to patients.

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Life at Kirkwood

For more than 40 years, one of the many reasons our residents enjoy living at Kirkwood by the River is the ideal location. Kirkwood features the surroundings of a relaxing vacation get-away with the convenience of being just minutes away from Birmingham’s shopping, medical centers, and cultural venues. Here’s a glimpse of life at a place we love to call home.


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Former Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Former Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Former Resident