COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Prevention Efforts

Kirkwood by the River has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and communication, Local Health Departments and State agencies for updated information related to COVID-19. We will continue to adjust our emergency response plan as new information becomes available. We will provide updates through our website as things change.

Visitor Information and Guidelines for Residents:

Visitors are not allowed on campus if they are positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to COVID-19 or have a fever or signs of illness. All staff members and medical personnel are required to enter through the main entrance, sign-in, record temperature and answer screening questions.
Visitors are not allowed inside the building at this time. Residents in Independent Living are encouraged to stay in their apartment and walk around campus outdoors for physical and mental health. Family members are able to drop off supplies and items at the front desk for delivery to residents. Family members are also able to visit residents from balconies or while social distancing with proper face coverings outdoors.
Visitors are not allowed inside the building at this time. Residents on these levels of care are only able to leave for medically necessary appointments. Kirkwood has created a safe conversation area outside of the chapel for family members to visit with their loved ones. To arrange a time to visit with your loved one, please call Cevannah Price at 205-956-2184 or email
Visitors are not allowed inside the building at this time. Residents in Skilled Nursing are only able to leave the building for medically necessary appointments. Facetime and window visits are available by appointment. To arrange a call or window visit, please contact Amanda White at


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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.

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 Current 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 Current 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 Current Resident