Employee Spotlight: Linda Collins – We will miss you!

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date July 21, 2020

Our wonderful Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in our Skilled Nursing department of over 28 years, Linda Collins, retired this July. Linda began working for Kirkwood in 1992 when Kirkwood by the River was only 12 years old! She has cared for hundreds of residents and worked with lots of staff members who have been apart of our Kirkwood Family in her time with us. 

“Linda always had a smile on her face and a deep love in her heart for all of our residents.  Her spirit of kindness and concern for our residents was expressed in so many ways as she cared for them.” – Reverend Richard Hanna

She was valued and loved by so many of her fellow staff members and the incredible amount of people who came to celebrate her work and life at her retirement party was evidence of that. The scripture that Reverend Hanna shared at the celebration was a reminder that Linda wasn’t doing her work here at Kirkwood for the money or for earthly glory but out of a genuine concern to care for our residents and as a reflection of God’s love for them.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the   Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Colossians 3:23-24

One of Linda’s favorite memories will be bringing her children and grandchildren to the Trick or Treat Apartment Sweep every year. Over the years she has brought scarecrows, unicorns, princesses, witches, pikachus and plenty of other characters to this beloved event. It was also a favorite event for many of the residents that she took care of, so for her family to get to fellowship with her Kirkwood family was always super special! 

Linda has a heart of gold and she will be terribly missed by her Kirkwood family but we are so excited to see what the Lord does in this next season of retirement in her life!



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 time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

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