Chapel Chimes: A Typical Day

It is a typical day at Kirkwood by the River. I am surrounded by people engaged in activities of all kinds. At several tables, residents are playing Dominoes.  At two other tables are the bridge groups. Another table is dedicated to jigsaw puzzles: a popular group activity. Others are sitting alone in the light-filled living … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date September 14, 2023

Chapel Chimes: Gratitude and Optimism

Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Lucy Turner Recently, Jane Pauley interviewed Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease almost 30 years ago. Mr. Fox has never made his diagnosis a secret; in fact, he has been quite open over the years about the progression of his disease. When Ms. Pauley asked Mr. … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date May 02, 2023

Chapel Chimes: Lilies and Resurrection

Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Richard Hanna Here, in this beautiful place called Kirkwood, are so many signs of the miracle of springtime as flowers are beginning to bloom and trees are beginning to bud. Out of that which appeared to be dead comes new life, and with it, beauty and hope for the … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 07, 2023

Chapel Chimes: Holy Week

We could ask for no better devotional reading than Philippians 2:5-11 to guide our prayers and meditation during Holy Week. These few verses capture the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and reign of Jesus Christ in all its pain and purpose and glory:      Let the same mind be in you that we in Christ Jesus, … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 03, 2023

Chapel Chimes: St. Patrick’s Day

Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Richard Hanna On March 17, we will again celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. But do you know his story? In his teens, the British boy Patrick was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave where he was put to work as a shepherd. For six long years, Patrick lived … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date March 03, 2023

Chapel Chimes: The Season of Lent

The season of Lent is observed by many denominations around the world; the season begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Maundy Thursday. In the liturgy for the Ash Wednesday service, an invitation is traditionally offered: “I invite you, therefore in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and penitence, by … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date February 15, 2023

Chapel Chimes: Reflections on the New Year

Reflection from The Rev. Richard Hanna, Kirkwood by the River Chaplain As we approach the end of January, I would like to share a few reflections on entering a brand new year. Some of you may know that the month of January is named after the Roman God, Janus. On some Roman coins of that … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date January 23, 2023

Chapel Chimes: A Gift is On the Way!

By The Rev. Richard B. Hanna, Chaplain A story is told of a woman who was way behind on her Christmas to-do list. So as to at least get her Christmas cards mailed before the holiday, she hurriedly bought a pack of 50 cards with an attractive Christmas design on them. Without even looking inside … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date December 19, 2022

Chapel Chimes from The Rev. Lucy Turner

Earlier this year, a new resident was moving in. As her family was getting her settled on the second floor of the Riverview wing, I ran into one of the new resident’s daughters in the hallway. She looked like she could use some help or maybe just a friend so I stopped; that’s when I … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 21, 2022

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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