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COVID-19 Coronavirus – Increased Surveillance Protocol

April 8, 2020 There are no signs of COVID-19 related illness at Kirkwood, across any level of care. We continue to monitor residents and will keep you informed of any changes. As always, contact Chad Carter or Jeff Burchfield if you have any questions. April 7, 2020 Update Skilled Nursing- We continue to monitor residents … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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The St. Patrick’s Day Party + Staff Spotlight – Life Enrichment Team

Our incredible activities team has been kicking it into high gear! Ever since the CDC recommended that all retirement communities cancel their on and off site activities, try to keep the distance between people, and cancel large group gatherings, our staff has done everything they can to keep our community members active and entertained, even … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 18, 2020
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In God We Trust in the Midst of the Coronavirus Challenge

Proverbs 3:1-6 March 12, 2020 A Sermon from Richard B. Hanna Kirkwood by the River Birmingham, Alabama Proverbs 31-6: “My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; 2 for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare they will give you. 3 Do not let loyalty and … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 13, 2020
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Not-for-Profit VS. For-Profit Retirement Communities – What’s the difference?

“Kirkwood began as a not-for-profit created by the Independent Presbyterian Church to offer continuing care retirement to seniors.” Not-for-profit: What does that mean? Why does it matter? What’s the difference? If you have begun the retirement living search for yourself or a loved one, you may find that there are both for-profit (FP) and not-for-profit … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Join us for Race in to the Future at The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum!

Hopefully by now you have heard about this spectacular event we are hosting to celebrate Kirkwood by the River’s 40th Anniversary and kick off the fundraising to support our community renovation. It will be a night you do not want to miss out on so be sure to read all about it and grab your … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Program Calendars for March

Check out the wonderful events we have scheduled for March! Please click the images below for the full PDF version.

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 02, 2020
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Favorite Event of the Month: Morgan Creek Winery

We had so many amazing events this month, from the Valentine’s party, to countless concerts, and of course our Mardi Gras Celebration – and they were all amazing! But this month’s community favorite was our trip out to Morgan Creek Winery for a tasting and lunch was definitely this month’s favorite. Morgan Creek Winery is … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date February 26, 2020
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Ash Wednesday Reflections

Our prayer for you is that today, as we enter into this season of Lent, you find time to reflect and confess as we begin to focus on Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and then to the cross. Today in our community, Reverend Monica Carlson will lead us in a service and time of worship to … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date February 26, 2020
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February Staff Spotlight: Emily Frandsen

We are so excited to introduce Kirkwood’s new Seminary Intern, Emily Frandsen! Emily is a 3rd year Master of Divinity student at The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and has been worshiping and serving at Independent Presbyterian Church for the past number of years. Her experience is in youth and young adult ministry since 2002 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date February 19, 2020
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Happy Valentines Day!

We are all about spreading the love here at Kirkwood by the River so we thought it would be fun to hear some tips from our residents on love and Valentine’s Day! Bob Tate says the best advice he can give about love and marriage is, “do what your wife says” because usually, chances are, … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date February 14, 2020

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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 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

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

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

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

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident