Memory Care Activities Room Makeover!

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date June 24, 2020

One of the things that many people have filled their time with during the Covid-19 pandemic is fixing up and making over spaces in their home that need some TLC. When you’re sitting at home, bored, and the only places you’re able to go are those inside your home, having rooms that spark joy and bring peace are important.

We feel the same way here at Kirkwood and while we have not found ourselves to be bored during this season, we have absolutely had to get creative when putting together activities and pastimes for our residents. One of the places we felt needed a little TLC and making over was the Memory Care Activities Room. This room is the heart beat of Kirkwood Lane. Our residents and caretakers use it for movies, sing-a-longs, bible studies, exercise, and so much more! And since we are unable to leave campus for field trips and outings, these on-floor activities have been happening more and more often – so we made this room a priority.

Before our makeover, this room was full of mismatched furniture pieces with files on desks and blank, boring walls. It had accumulated junk from over the years with no good storage options. We decided that we needed to fill the room with happy art, plenty of storage options, and make sure we had room for the widely loved piano! We made sure to incorporate beautiful but useful decor so on one of the walls hangs two large magnetic boards where activities leaders can write and lead games or display art from our residents. We feel like it turned out better than we could have imagined and we pray it blesses residents for years to come!


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