Now taking priority reservations for our new
assisted living and memory care expansion.

Introducing Hillside Residences


Kirkwood by the River started as an aspiring idea and ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church to provide older adults with secure and comfortable housing. Faith in that idea and its purpose has helped the Kirkwood community flourish and continue its mission for more than 40 years. Kirkwood is looking forward to more years of compassionate care and support in a beautiful setting as it embarks on exciting plans to expand its offerings.

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

Hillside Residences, a new, state-of-the-art Assisted Living and Memory Care building, is the heart of Kirkwood’s new expansion, featuring a selection of spacious studios and one-and two-bedroom apartments. Additional upgrades will include multiple gathering spaces, a large welcoming dining room, and a terrace with serene views of our natural landscape. Residents will enjoy a secure courtyard in the center of the building, with gas fire pits and a lounge area perfect for spending quality time outside. Assisted Living residents will enjoy Juliette balconies for direct access to fresh air. The new building decor will reflect 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

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

Scheduled for December 2022 Completion!

We are now taking priority reservations for Hillside

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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