September 10, 2020 Independent Living: No new developments. Everyone seems to be well and there are no reports of acute respiratory illness. Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living: Last week, all residents and employees were tested and all tests resulted in negatives with the exception of one positive. The one resident on Assisted Living … ContinuedRead More
We are so thankful for our new residents who have put their faith in Kirkwood by the River and moved in during such an uncertain time. Sarah and Bill Housh recently came to Kirkwood from DeRidder, Louisiana where they had been residing for the past 6 years near their eldest daughter. The Housh’s were dealing … ContinuedRead More
Lisa Wright is our wonderful Accounting Director and today is the anniversary that marks 23 years of her working at Kirkwood by the River! We are so thankful for Lisa and the work she has done to help shape and be apart of the Kirkwood Family throughout the last two decades. Here are some of … ContinuedRead More
In this season, we have been able to really reflect on the every day angels who grace our community with love and encouragement in the hardest of times. We are so thankful for all of the people who have been friends of Kirkwood and those highlighted in this series are just a small glimpse of … ContinuedRead More
Our staff spotlight this month is our incredible Chaplain of over 15 years, Reverend Richard Hanna! Rev. Hanna has been a shining light in our community and to our Kirkwood family for many years and we are so thankful for the love and life he brings to us each day. We wanted to ask him … ContinuedRead More
The Oliver’s are our newest Kirkwood by the River family members in Independent Living! During the quarantine they found it increasingly more difficult to get the necessities so moving to Kirkwood gave them peace of mind knowing that meals and necessities were provided and people are around to help during such an uncertain time. The … ContinuedRead More
Over the last 40 years, Kirkwood has had so many wonderful people do generous things to serve and advance our community. The past few months, especially, people have wrapped their arms around us and shown their love through various donations, gifts, and other acts of service. We want to begin this series to spotlight and … ContinuedRead More
Our wonderful Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in our Skilled Nursing department of over 28 years, Linda Collins, retired this July. Linda began working for Kirkwood in 1992 when Kirkwood by the River was only 12 years old! She has cared for hundreds of residents and worked with lots of staff members who have been apart … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
This is getting old, isn’t it? We’re getting weary of this pandemic, of having to isolate ourselves from our family and friends, of perhaps having lost our jobs and struggling to pay our bills, of maybe having had a loved one or friend pass away because of the virus, and of living with the fear … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!
We’re a family. We really are a family.