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COVID-19 Coronavirus – Increased Surveillance Protocol

August, 5 2020 See the latest testing results listed by level of care below. Independent Living: One resident positive in COVID Skilled Nursing Rehab unit. Assisted Living:  No known COVID illness. Specialty Care Assisted Living:  No known COVID illness. Skilled Nursing: Over the past five months, we have had a total of 16 residents test … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 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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Memory Care Activities Room Makeover!

One of the things that many people have filled their time with during the Covid-19 pandemic is fixing up and making over spaces in their home that need some TLC. When you’re sitting at home, bored, and the only places you’re able to go are those inside your home, having rooms that spark joy and … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date June 24, 2020
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Kirkwood Pen Pals!

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, and healthcare organizations were required to place restrictions on social interactions and activities within retirement communities, our leadership team began brainstorming ways to keep our residents active and engaged, while ensuring their health and safety remains first priority. One idea that has been successful is our Pen Pal … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date May 06, 2020
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Kirkwood’s NFL Claim to Fame!

SPORTS! Something that is not COVID-19 related news! We are here for it.  The NFL Draft happened last week and sports fans everywhere were ecstatic to have something to watch (finally)! We at Kirkwood have a special connection to this years NFL draft because our very own Festus Igbinoghene has a son who was eligible … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 29, 2020
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Happy 40th Anniversary, Kirkwood!

Forty years ago today marks the spring day in 1980 when Kirkwood by the River opened its doors. That is forty years of loyal service to residents and their families. Forty years of unparalleled attention to detail and care. Forty years of the most incredible and servant-hearted staff. And forty years of shepherding and support … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 15, 2020
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Visit from the Easter Bunny!

Thanks to our friends at Amedisys Home Health, our Good Friday this year was made super special by a visit from the Easter Bunny! They arrived with candy and sweet notes to pass out to our residents about the joy and true meaning of Easter. All of our residents waited eagerly on their balconies and … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 13, 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