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memory care expansion.

Introducing Hillside Residences

Now Open and Accepting New Residents!

Hillside Residences, a state-of-the-art Assisted Living and Memory Care building, is the heart of Kirkwood’s new expansion. This brand-new community features spacious studios and one-and two-bedroom apartments, multiple gathering spaces, a large welcoming dining room, and a terrace with serene views of our natural landscape. Residents enjoy a secure courtyard in the center of the building, with an artistic fountain, lounge areas, and dining spaces, perfect for spending quality time outside.

New state-of-the-art Assisted
Living and Memory Care

Select Assisted Living apartments feature Juliette balconies for direct access to fresh air. The new building decor reflects Birmingham-based landmarks to designate its four neighborhoods: Magic City, Vulcan, Sloss, and Alabama Theater.

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Assisted Living

Kirkwood’s Assisted Living is a special combination of apartment living, personalized supportive services, and health care. Our compassionate staff assists residents with daily living activities while encouraging a lifestyle of engagement and wellness.


  • 24-hour nursing staff
  • Dining Services
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Daily Activities, Programs, and Classes
  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, and other personal care/hygiene
  • Medication administration
  • Individualized care plans
  • On-site visits with a physician, podiatrist, and therapy services
  • Housekeeping
  • On-site salon services

Floor Plans

Memory Support

Our Memory Support community provides 24-hour personal care assistance for those who need a higher level of monitoring and help with daily living. Kirkwood helps residents meet the daily challenges of memory loss without losing sight of each resident’s need for a high quality of life. Our services use the latest medication and therapies, and our amenities make the community warm and welcoming.


  • Safe and secure residential setting
  • 24-hour nursing staff
  • Therapeutic activities designed to enhance memory building and promote stimulation
  • Specially trained staff providing personal assistance
  • Medication administration
  • On-site visits with a physician, podiatrist, geriatric psychiatrist and therapy services
  • All utilities except telephone service
  • On-site salon services

Floor Plans

Floorplan Options

One Bedroom 579 SF
One BR with Balcony 579 SF
Two BR with Balcony 809 SF
Studio I 400 SF
Studio I with Balcony 400 SF
Studio II 400 SF
Studio II with Balcony 400 SF

Our New Hillside Residences are Now Open!

Contact Sara Scott at sscott@kirkwoodbytheriver.com with questions or to talk about next steps.
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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.

My time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

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