FAQ Friday: What will happen if my health needs change?

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date August 06, 2021

Happy FAQ Friday! Today we are answering a question that many have: “what will happen if your healthcare needs change while residing in Independent Living at Kirkwood?”

Kirkwood by the River is a Life Plan Community, meaning that we have every level of care on our campus, ensuring your comfort and peace of mind. You can always rest in knowing that if things begin to change regarding your physical or mental state, we have skilled and experienced caregivers who will be ready to help you in any way you, and your family, see fit. While living in our Independent Living apartments, if you begin to experience the need to have some extra help but you would like to continue to live in your comfortable space, we have a Personal Care Team that can pick up the small daily tasks that you might need some assistance with. This could include; dressing assistance, bathing assistance, medication reminders, meal preparation, etc.

Our Assisted Living and Memory Care Assisted Living communities meet your needs, knowing there’s none more basic than your need for independence. A special combination of apartment living, personalized supportive services and health care, these programs are designed to assist residents with the activities of daily living. Our caregivers and nurses provide aid with bathing, dressing, medication administration, medical assistance, and all of your meals and snacks throughout the day! These levels of care also specialize in programming that fits the needs of those residents. The Nurses and Resident Care Assistants love our residents like their own family members and strive to always provide the best care.

Our Skilled Nursing community is for those who need to regain their strength or lean on ours. Kirkwood offers both long-term private pay services and short-term Medicare rehabilitation services for those recovering from surgery, illness or injury. Care is customized to their individual preferences and needs in a compassionate environment with a higher ratio of caregivers to residents. This high ratio of nurses to residents reflects our deep commitment to quality of care, which becomes crucial to those needing 24-hour care. This is also a commitment that goes beyond physical or medical care.

Our mission and vision is to provide a Life Plan Community with natural beauty and maintenance-free amenities, where all of life’s priorities come together…family, friendship, independence, and health. Everything you need for your peace of mind and financial and personal security.


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