New Resident Spotlight: Ulla Booth

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date July 07, 2020

New Resident Spotlight!

Ulla Booth

Mrs. Booth and her husband, Ed moved to Kirkwood by the River in December of 2019 from their home of 30 years in Columbus, GA. They chose Birmingham as their retirement destination in order to move closer to their children and grandchildren. The Booths have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren Little did they know upon making their move here that so many things in our world would change but Mrs. Booth says that her saving grace has been her garden here at Kirkwood.

Ulla Booth and her husband took up the hobby years ago upon moving into their home and they haven’t looked back! Mrs. Booth has two garden plots in Kirkwood’s resident gardens and she is currently growing zucchini, squash, tomatoes, sunflowers, marigolds, and a plethora of herbs such as oregano and rosemary. She says’ “I have loved gardening as an outlet during this season. It’s been a great way to meet new friends with shared hobbies and get outdoors often!” What she is unable to grow she loves to shop for from local farmers – the markets that come around in the spring and summer time are her favorite. One of Mrs. Booth’s other hobbies is baking! She loves baking homemade breads and cookies for friends and family to enjoy. Just the other day she was able to bake a tasty zucchini bread with fresh picks from her garden. 

We are so excited to have the Booths as apart of our Kirkwood family! And even though they haven’t had the easiest season upon their arrival into their new home, we pray that the Lord blesses them and their time here with a loving community and joyful life! 


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