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COVID-19 Coronavirus – Increased Surveillance Protocol

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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Resident Spotlight: Bill and Sarah Housh

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date September 23, 2020
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Happy 23rd Kirkwood Anniversary to Lisa Wright!

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date September 08, 2020
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Friends of Kirkwood: JoAnne Dorr

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 27, 2020
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Staff Spotlight: Reverend Richard Hanna

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 25, 2020
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Resident Spotlight: George and Martha Oliver

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 13, 2020
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Friends of Kirkwood Series: Heidi Elnora Baker

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 23, 2020
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Employee Spotlight: Linda Collins – We will miss you!

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 21, 2020
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Kirkwood’s Virtual Tour Experience

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 10, 2020
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Spiritual Guidelines for Staying Healthy in a Pandemic! ~ Reverend Hanna

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 09, 2020
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New Resident Spotlight: Ulla Booth

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 07, 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