Chapel Chimes: Gratitude for 20 Years

Reflection by Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Richard Hanna God’s Word, many times, tells us about the importance of gratitude. Psalm 92:1 declares, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord!” And Paul in Colossians 3:16-17 affirms: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date February 01, 2024

Chapel Chimes: Christmas is Coming, Ready or Not

Reflection by Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Richard Hanna Remember the game we used to play as children – “Hide and Go Seek?” The person who was “it” would cover their eyes and count while all the other children would run and hide. Then, when the counting was done and as a final warning to those … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date December 14, 2023

Chapel Chimes: An Attitude of Gratitude

Reflection by The Rev. Richard Hanna “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 21, 2023

Chapel Chimes: Cahaba Lilies

Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Lucy Turner A few days after our Kirkwood residents took a field trip to take in the wonder of the Cahaba Lilies in bloom, one resident, who had been captivated by the splendor of the lilies, was in the Kirkwood Library looking for more information about the flowers. I … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date June 12, 2023

Staff Spotlight: Chef Adam Pouncey

Growing up in sports, Adam Pouncey didn’t see his future including a career in the culinary world. It wasn’t until he threw his arm out playing baseball in college that he discovered his love of cooking. “I found a Weber grill for $5 at a place called Dirt Cheap, and just started cooking. My roommate … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date May 23, 2023

We Love Our Nurses!

Happy National Nurses Week! We couldn’t imagine our community without the dedicated care our nurses provide to residents in healthcare levels each and every day. And one of the many benefits of retirement living at Kirkwood is receiving care from a Wellness Nurse in Independent Living, even if the injury is as surface as a … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date May 11, 2023

Marketing Director, Sandi Hall, Presents at Life Plan Marketing Summit

     Last week, some of our Kirkwood marketing representatives attended the Life Plan Marketing Summit in Fort Mill, SC, right outside of Charlotte, NC. This immersive sales and marketing experience, presented by Good Brand Company, provided endless opportunities to meet, greet, and learn from leaders in senior living from across the United States.   … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date March 20, 2023

Friends of Kirkwood: Valentine’s Day Cards from O’Neal Manufacturing Services

The team of O’Neal Manufacturing Services, located just down the road from Kirkwood in Vestavia Hills, created Valentine’s Day cards during their February team meeting for our Memory Care residents. Marketing Manager for O’Neal Manufacturing Services Kris White shared: “Both of my parents have been residents in senior living and skilled nursing communities, which has given … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date February 15, 2023

Chad Carter wins CEO 2022 Award for Large Nonprofits, Birmingham Business Journal

Kirkwood by the River President and CEO Chad Carter was selected as CEO of the Year for large nonprofits by the Birmingham Business Journal! We couldn’t be more proud of him and this deserving award. If you have ever met Chad, you know his dedication to Kirkwood and seniors in the Birmingham community is unmatched. … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date December 14, 2022

Summer 2022 Chapel Chimes ~ Reverend Hanna

Psalm 122:1 declares, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the House of the Lord.’” That certainly was true for the people of Israel when they would go to the Temple or tabernacle to pray and to worship God.  And that has been true for us at Kirkwood for the … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date July 06, 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