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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
“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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
“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 … 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.