Kirkwood’s Virtual Tour Experience

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date July 10, 2020

When the coronavirus pandemic hit and major changes and restrictions were being put in place for retirement communities, like ours, we knew that some things were going to have to change. We knew we would have to start thinking outside of the box in order to best serve our community. Now more than ever, people are realizing that quarantining at home is more necessary but also even more difficult for this higher risk population of seniors. Living their lives today afraid to leave their homes to get necessary supplies and see family members or friends (for mental health purposes), this population has had the hardest time of all of us following safer at home and stay at home regulations.

Communities like Kirkwood are ideal for individuals and families looking for security during this pandemic. Meals, groceries, and camaraderie among neighbors are all aspects that we provide under our roof and staying safer at home is far less daunting. For people in Birmingham and beyond, the desire and need to transition into a community is growing. We want to make sure that there is still a way for these individuals and families looking to move to be able get to know Kirkwood by the River, even from afar and that is why we created the virtual tour experience.

With the inability to give tours to potential new residents and their families, and the rising desire for people to find and make the transition to a Life Plan Community, we decided to create the virtual tour experience. This experience is a series of videos giving detailed information about our community with shots of the spaces that one would see and hear about on an in person tour at Kirkwood. We have videos of popular shared spaces, open apartments, and different floor plans where you are able to get a feel for what life at Kirkwood would look like before deciding to submit a new resident application. Our hope is that this new resource will enable individuals looking to move to make an informed decision about if our community would be the right fit for them. We want to help you make the right choice for you and we pray these videos are your first step!

Check them out here and please reach out with and other questions or suggestions you have!


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