Exciting Change Is Coming!

Kirkwood is enhancing our community.
Learn more about our Independent Living
Apartments and community enhancements.

Kirkwood Cares

Kirkwood’s spirit of caring and our long-time focus on family, friendship, independence, and health are particularly significant during these challenging times. For more than 40 years, Kirkwood has worked to find creative solutions to address our community’s needs.

Kirkwood is enhancing our community including dining options and updated amenities. Enjoy the following benefits of living at Kirwood.

Kirkwood offers a retreat-like setting on a secure 120-acre campus.
Meal delivery available. Plus, daily check-ins and a nurse is available 24 hours a day for emergencies or first aid.
Enriching Lifestyle
Creative social activities to keep our residents engaged, active and safe, including a “traveling Bible study” and other games and outdoor activities.
Extensive Services
Enjoy weekly housekeeping, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, and extensive amenities and services for a maintenance-free lifestyle.

For a full list of our services and amenities or to see floor plans, please complete the contact information form below.

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Why Kirkwood by the River?

Today, many seniors have found themselves in a position where they are reassessing their current living situation. As a leading advocate for seniors in our area, we are implementing changes to make it easier to move to Kirkwood by the River.

Our independent living apartments provide the perfect setting for leading an active retirement within a supportive and secure life plan community. Our spacious and customizable apartments offer incredible views from your balcony or patio of either the wooded areas along the river of our beautiful campus.

Kirkwood is ideal for a secure and stable retirement. Our residents not only receive essential services such as meals and groceries, but equally valuable intangibles such as camaraderie among neighbors.

Staying safe in your home is far less daunting when you can enjoy these benefits within a supportive community.

Why Kirkwood

“During the stay-at-home order, we realized that it was harder for us to get out to shop for necessities. We decided to move to Kirkwood during the quarantine and feel safer knowing that meals are provided and people are available to help us during this unusual time”.

Kirkwood Residents

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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.

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