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COVID-19 Coronavirus – Increased Surveillance Protocol

March 5, 2020: Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Care Visitation: With vaccinations becoming more widespread and our vaccination clinics completed we are getting many questions about when visitation can resume in our health care areas.Unfortunately, as of right now none of the restrictions for Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Care have been revised. … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood: Cumberland

Today we want to introduce to you, the Cumberland floorpan from our new cottage home construction plan! From our talented architect, Taylor Plosser Davis: “Introducing Cumberland, one of three cottages at Kirkwood by the River designed by TPD in association with KPS Group. Each of the Cedar Ridge Cottages incorporates elements designed specifically for independent … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 05, 2021
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Happy Easter: Reflections from Reverend Hanna

Happy Easter to ALL!!!  As we celebrate this wonderful occasion I hope this will put a smile on our faces.  It’s called, “All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from the Easter Bunny” and it goes like this: Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Everyone needs a friend who is all … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 04, 2021
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Maundy Thursday: Reflections from Rev. Turner

The events of the Thursday before Jesus’ death and resurrection are recounted each year by Christians around the world in an observance known as Maundy Thursday.  In the evening Jesus stooped to wash the feet of his disciples, ate a last meal with them, instituted the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, gave them final instructions, … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 31, 2021
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Resident Spotlight: Will Hunt!

This month, our resident spotlight is on our wonderful community member, Will Hunt! We so enjoyed getting to know him a little bit better and hope you do too! Where are you from? Born in NYC May 8, 1928 then I moved to Buffalo in 1939, and to Plymouth, Massachusetts in July of 1944. Later in … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 24, 2021
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Introducing the Renovation Team: TPD Architect

We want to introduce you to our incredible team of organizations working together to make our dreams for the future of Kirkwood come true! First up, we talked to Taylor Davis from TPD Architect: “TPD Architect is a residential architecture, interiors and planning firm, where we specialize in helping families live longer in homes they … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2021
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Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood: Laurel

Today we want to introduce to you, the Laurel floorpan from our new cottage home construction plan! From our talented architect, Taylor Plosser Davis: “The Kirkwood by the River campus serves as the location for the Cedar Ridge Cottage community, and its natural setting offers a unique combination of mountain landscape coupled with a convenient … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 10, 2021
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Staff Spotlight: Amanda White

This month our awesome Skilled Nursing Activities Director, Amanda White is our Staff Spotlight! Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m from Lincoln, AL., I’m a mom of 2 boys (The KJs), they are my world! I love making memories with them. I enjoy baking, crafting, and decorating!!! I enjoy FUN!!! I enjoy watching … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 09, 2021
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FAQ Friday: Can Couples with Different Care Needs Live Together?

Today we are answering the question: “Can couples with different care needs still live together in Independent Living at Kirkwood?” in our FAQ Friday series! It truly depends on the specific needs of the individual, but it is possible. Our incredible Personal Care Department is one of the tools used to offer individuals assistance with … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 03, 2021
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Resident Spotlight: Elizabeth Miller!

This month, our resident spotlight is on our wonderful community member of 2 years, Elizabeth Miller! We so enjoyed getting to know her a little bit better and hope you do too! Where are you from? I am from Tuscaloosa and I lived there until my husband, Charlie, was promoted to district manager for Wyeth … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date February 25, 2021
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Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood: Site Plan!

We are very excited to share this new project with you – Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood. Kirkwood, ideally located on 120 acres of forested land along the Cahaba River, began as a nonprofit created by the Independent Presbyterian Church to offer continuing care retirement to seniors in the Birmingham area. The new independent living neighborhood, … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date February 17, 2021

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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