Our Campus
has Expanded

Something exciting has arrived
at Kirkwood by the River. Click below to
learn about what's new.

Introducing our new
independent living

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

Live The Life
You Want

Independent vibrant living and valuable peace of
mind at Kirkwood by the River.

Secure Your
Financial Future

Using Entrance Fees as an investment
in your future healthcare.

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. Now with more choices and flexibility, including Cottage Living, expanded dining options, and a new, state-of-the-art Assisted Living and Memory Support building, Kirkwood is perfectly situated to provide peace of mind and financial and personal security while you enjoy what matters most.

Kirkwood, located on 120 acres of forested land along the Cahaba River, is a nonprofit created by Independent Presbyterian Church. The spirit of ministry and compassion is evident in all levels of care: Independent Apartment and Cottage Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Short-term Rehabilitation.

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Our Continuum of Care

Kirkwood proudly offers the full continuum of care. 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 an active and secure environment without the stress and hassles of home maintenance or repairs. Housekeeping services, nutritious meals, and beautiful views from our apartments and cottages 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 assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, and transportation.

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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, our residents have enjoyed Kirkwood's surroundings without sacrificing the convenience of 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 time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

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

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

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

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

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

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents