Halloween the Kirkwood Way

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date October 29, 2019


Last week we had our annual Trick-or-Treat Apartment Sweep where over 250 creatures and characters, wandered the halls of our residents’ apartments and looked for those giving out candy and other fun treats! For this event, families were invited to come and enjoy a hot-dog dinner, then go on a hunt throughout our campus for the best (and most) treats they could find! This event was perfect for these stormy October nights and gave parents the peace of mind that comes from their kids being able to trick-or-treat freely in a contained space away from all of the outdoor elements.


Our marketing team helps equip the residents with candy, toys, and plenty of halloween spirit for this festive night, but our whole staff pitches in to make this night a success. Some of the favorite costumes we saw were: Godzilla, Woody and Forky from Toy Story 4, A WWII Fighter Pilot, Some Star Wars Jedis, an Astronaut, and a whole host of Rainbow Unicorns! It really is a favorite night of the year for all! Seeing families of our staff and residents as well as members of our church family from IPC come and enjoy this event was so sweet and reminded us how thankful we are for the wonderful community of people we have here at Kirkwood by the 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