FAQ Friday: Can you have pets at Kirkwood?

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 30, 2021

Today in our FAQ Friday series we are talking about our furry friends and whether they are able to live with you at Kirkwood!

In our Independent Living Apartments at Kirkwood, the policy is that if you are able to care for your pet, you are welcome to have them here at Kirkwood! Some of our apartments are even well suited for animals. We have residences in our Mountainview building with screened in porches which are perfect for cats that enjoy lounging safely outdoors. We also have some apartments in our Skyview building that have ground level patios where you are able to conveniently access grassy areas for your pup to stretch their legs and play. Pets can be such a wonderful thing for our physical and emotional health. They can be a source of unconditional love and give their humans a reason to exercise and get up to care for themselves and their animals every day.

Our friends at Hand in Paw, provide animal assisted therapy to folks all across central Alabama and we are so thankful that they come to visit us every month with their sweet pups!

Kirkwood loves your furry friends! Here is one sweet IL couple’s pup, Tootsie!



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