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COVID-19 Coronavirus – Increased Surveillance Protocol

November 9, 2020 Independent Living: No new developments  Memory Care (SCALF): As of today, we have a total of 9 residents that are positive for Covid-19. Two are in the hospital and 7 remain in the facility with minor symptoms. Skilled Nursing: All results for skilled nursing residents conducted 11/5 and 11/6 were negative for … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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From the Kirkwood Kitchen: Thanksgiving Series II

We’re just one week away from the big day of cooking! Have you decided on your menu? Will you be making the turkey with all your famous sides or just bringing an appetizer to appease the family? Today, we want to share with you a few crowd pleasing dishes to add to your menu: our … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date November 19, 2020
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Not-for-profit vs. For-profit retirement communities: What are the benefits?

“Kirkwood began as a not-for-profit created by the Independent Presbyterian Church to offer continuing care retirement to seniors.” Not-for-profit: What are the benefits or advantages of choosing a not-for-profit (NFP) retirement community? In part one of our blog series, we defined an NFP retirement community as an organization that keeps all of its earnings within … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date November 17, 2020
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Honest Review of Kirkwood by the River

Full Google Review from Fred about Kirkwood by the River: “My wife and I started searching for a Senior Living facility for her parents, both in their 90’s, a little over 3 years ago. After a good amount of research and visiting several locations in town, we visited Kirkwood By The River. The difference was … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date November 10, 2020
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Staff Spotlight: Claudia Reach Life Enrichment Director

This month our spectacular Staff Spotlight is our Life Enrichment Director, Claudia Reach. I’m sure many of you know Claudia – you may see a lot of her in the photos of our residents as they are participating in our programs because Claudia is our superhero who plans them all! She has been with Kirkwood … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date November 06, 2020
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From the Kirkwood Kitchen: Thanksgiving Recipe Series

Happy November! Fall is in full swing here in Birmingham with the leaves and weather finally changing and quickly dropping. A lot of times, poor Thanksgiving is the holiday that gets often overlooked or over shadowed with all of the Christmas lovers beginning their holiday decorating and celebrating on November 1. But I think Thanksgiving … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date November 03, 2020
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Resident Spotlight: Juanita Hoskins

This month, our Resident Spotlight is on Juanita Hoskins! Ms. Hoskins is originally from Kansas City, Missouri where she met and married her husband at just 21 years old. Her father was the mail man in his neighborhood and on their first date they went with another couple to the drive in movies. Her husband … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date October 29, 2020
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Caregiver Encouragement from Kirkwood: Chloe Cantrell

Here at Kirkwood, we have a whole team of carefully chosen and trained caregivers who are ready to provide assistance and companionship to any of our residents as needs arise. During this season of the COVID-19 Pandemic, since family members have been unable to come and visit and give occasional care when needed, our team … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date October 28, 2020
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Friend’s of Kirkwood: Irondale Cafe

This summer and fall we set off on an endeavor to bring some light into the lives of seniors all over Birmingham through delivering a free hot meal right to their doorstep. We know how hard this season has been for so many, especially the older population, when it comes to nourishing yourself properly. It … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date October 21, 2020
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Four Prescriptions for Spiritual Health – Reverend Richard Hanna

As we continue to live with the ongoing reality of the Coronavirus Pandemic, all of us are aware of the need to stay in good physical health.  Here at Kirkwood it’s wonderful to see our residents walking the grounds of Kirkwood or even walking the hallways – and just recently we started our morning group … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date October 20, 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 October 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