FAQ Friday: Dining at Kirkwood by the River

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date December 09, 2020

Something that everyone asks when looking into an Independent Living retirement community is, “what is dining and meal time like?” This is a very important question to consider, especially because one big draw of moving to a community is that cooking would no longer be entirely necessary. At Kirkwood, we take dining very seriously, and so do our residents. We have an entire committee of people dedicated to fine tuning our dining and kitchen practices.

The Kirkwood dining room is open for 3 meals a day and is a cook-to-order style kitchen experience. Independent Living and Assisted Living residents are welcome to come to the dining room for any of their meals while Memory Care Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing residents generally eat in the dining room on their floor unless accompanied by a friend or family member. (Assisted Living also has a dining room on their floor so they are able to choose where they dine). We also can deliver meals to residents in their individual apartments. Upon arrival to the dining room, you may sit wherever you like and a waiter or waitress will come and take your order. Each day, there are 3 specials on the menu or you may choose an item from the main menu that stays the same year round and is full of fan favorites! As we mentioned, the food is cooked to order meaning you are able to add and remove side items or, at times, ingredients that don’t suit your fancy.

Our Independent Living rental plan comes with one meal per day and our Membership plan comes with two but you are able to add on additional meals for a monthly fee. During the pandemic, we have implemented extra precautions to ensure that social distancing is prioritized during the dining experience! Check out our sample menus and photos of our beautiful dining room that looks out over the Cahaba River!


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