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Friends of Kirkwood Guest Post: Senior Care Pharmacy

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 21, 2021

This month, our Friend of Kirkwood Partner spotlight is our pharmacy, Senior Care Pharmacy! The folks at Senior Care really do such a wonderful job caring for our community and we are thankful they have agreed to take over COVID Vaccine clinics from here on out! Below, we hear from them about the upcoming clinics at Kirkwood.

“Senior Care Pharmacy, the pharmacy provider for Kirkwood by the River, was only one of seven independent pharmacies in the country that was chosen as a Phase One vaccine provider by the CDC.   Even though the CDC designated another pharmacy to hold the first few clinics at Kirkwood, Senior Care Pharmacy will be holding future vaccination clinics for new residents and staff.   Since late December, Senior Care Pharmacy has vaccinated over 20,000 residents and staff, and held more than 250 clinics in skilled nursing facilities throughout the state.  As a pharmacy partner specializing in senior living communities, the ability to provide a solution to its customers is very rewarding on both a personal and professional level.  

Due to the decrease in Covid cases in Senior Living Communities since the vaccine has become available, many communities are  now allowing visitation. Therefore, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated as they become eligible.”

Thank you Senior Care for your partnership!

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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.

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