Happy 23rd Kirkwood Anniversary to Lisa Wright!

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date September 08, 2020

Lisa Wright is our wonderful Accounting Director and today is the anniversary that marks 23 years of her working at Kirkwood by the River! We are so thankful for Lisa and the work she has done to help shape and be apart of the Kirkwood Family throughout the last two decades. Here are some of her favorite things and memories about Kirkwood!

What is your favorite memory from your years at Kirkwood?

One of my favorite memories of Kirkwood was when a bunch of us would go Christmas caroling through the hall ways.  The residents would open their doors and some would sing along with us!

The dietary director at the time even made us “figgy pudding” to enjoy once we were finished.  It was so good!!

What is your favorite yearly tradition or event at Kirkwood?

I do love the Halloween event.  My family comes and they love the elders as much as I do!  Some pass out candy PLUS hugs!  But Christmas is my fave!!  The tree and all the decorations are great.  A lot of the residents decorate their doors and I enjoy seeing the different things they do as well.

What is your favorite thing about working at Kirkwood?

My favorite thing about working here is the relationships I have made.  My memory is peppered with good times from cookie swaps to pumpkin carving contests.  Our auditor has been on me for years to start a book about the life and times of Kirkwood!  I wish now I would have listened to him.  I have forgotten more than I remember!



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