Now taking priority reservations for our
new independent living cottages.

Build a Brighter Future

Our new independent living neighborhood, Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood, will feature charming, cottage-style homes perfectly situated in the heart of our 120-acre campus. This natural, wooded, retreat-like setting along the Cahaba River will offer the finest in “modern mountain living,” with the serenity that accompanies having a plan for any future healthcare needs.

Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood is the start of a campus-wide expansion and improvement plan to better meet our community’s needs. Please join us as we work to build a brighter future together.

Independent Living Cottages

Picture a Modern Mountain Retreat

Our first phase, Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood, will consist of 18 single-family residences. These two-bedroom cottage-style homes will feature open floor plans, natural light, a porch or patio for enjoying the wooded campus, and the option of adding a fireplace.

These beautifully appointed, two-bedroom homes will deliver authentic independent living. As a Life Plan Community offering the full continuum of care, Kirkwood’s independent living residents are not only free from the hassles of home maintenance, including repairs and yard work but free from the worry of how to plan for the future.

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Floorplan Options

Laurel 1320 SF Conditioned,
2084 SF Total
Cumberland 1595 SF Conditioned,
2247 SF Total
Richland 1627 SF Conditioned,
2340 SF Total

Services & Amenities

Kirkwood’s expansion plans will offer even more services and amenities to help our residents live an independent, fulfilling life, including:

  • Daily meals in Kirkwood’s newly
    renovated dining room
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Maintenance-free living
  • All utilities, except for telephone service
  • Expanded basic cable and Wi-Fi
  • Full continuum of care
  • Daily activities, programs, and classes
  • Emergency call system
  • Walking trails, heated pool, fitness center, library, game room, resident gardens, and more.

And most importantly, the full continuum of services for your future healthcare.

Plans for our new campus improvements include a fully-equipped Wellness Center, Bistro, and upgrades and renovations for our main living area, dining room, and multiple outdoor amenities.

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Contact Sandi Hall with questions or to talk about next steps as you learn about our community.
Please fill out the form below or call 205.855.5143 to schedule an online introduction.


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