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December Calendars 2022

Happy December! We have been decking the halls at Kirkwood by the River and are in full-swing Christmas mode! If you or your loved one is interested in joining us for any of the events found on the calendars attached, please contact us at 205-956-2184. All are welcome! Click on the image below to view … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 30, 2022
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President and CEO Chad Carter selected as 2022 CEO Awards Honoree by Birmingham Business Journal

Kirkwood by the River’s President and CEO Chad Carter was announced as one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2022 CEO Awards honorees! To view the complete article, visit https://bizj.us/1qh3wa.   The Birmingham Business Journal has unveiled the honorees in its 2022 CEO Awards. Finalists and an ultimate winner in each category will be honored at … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 29, 2022
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Chapel Chimes from The Rev. Lucy Turner

Earlier this year, a new resident was moving in. As her family was getting her settled on the second floor of the Riverview wing, I ran into one of the new resident’s daughters in the hallway. She looked like she could use some help or maybe just a friend so I stopped; that’s when I … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 21, 2022
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November 2022 Calendars

November has been flying by with so much happening at Kirkwood by the River! If you or your loved one is interested in joining us for any of the events found on the calendars attached, please contact us at 205-956-2184. All are welcome! Click on the image below to view the full PDF calendar.

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 15, 2022
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Hillside Residences Open House

Hillside Residences Open House Please join us for the Hillside Residences Open House at Kirkwood by the River! Friday, December 9, 1:00 – 3:00pm Enjoy refreshments as you learn about Kirkwood and tour the selection of well-appointed studios and apartments in our brand-new Assisted Living and Memory Care building. You will have the opportunity to see … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 10, 2022
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Resident Spotlight: Meet the Guschkes

We are excited to welcome Phyllis and John Guschke to our Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood cottages and our Kirkwood by the River family! Having moved to Kirkwood from Franklin, TN, the Guschkes are both southerners at heart. Phyllis was born and raised in Memphis, TN, while John grew up in a little Tennessee town called … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 01, 2022
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Bridging the Gap: 5 Steps to Talking to Aging Parents

Patti Black, daughter of former Kirkwood residents Mack and Ann Boatwright, is a local Certified Financial Planner with Bridgeworth Wealth Management. With experience in caring for older adults and her extensive knowledge of financial advising, Patti has put together helpful documents for navigating what can be difficult conversations regarding next steps in securing your loved … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date October 11, 2022
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October 2022 Calendars

October is a beautiful month as we welcome the fall season at Kirkwood by the River! If you or your loved one is interested in joining us for any of the events found on the calendars attached, please contact us at 205-956-2184. All are welcome! Click on the image below to view the full PDF … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date October 05, 2022
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Join Us for an Open House on October 6, 2022

Cedar Ridge Open House – Tour Our New Independent Living Cottages! Drop in to see modern mountain living in our new independent living neighborhood, Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood. Enjoy Wine, Beer, and Hors d’oeuvres as you learn about Kirkwood and tour one of our new cottage-style homes.You will have the opportunity to see all the amazing … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date September 26, 2022
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5 Tips for Improving Your Overall Health and Wellness – Healthy Aging Month

Did you know? September is Healthy Aging Month! Now more than ever, older adults are taking control of their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial well-being. It is never too late to start something new! We have put together a list of five easy ways to get a jumpstart on your overall health and wellness. … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date September 21, 2022

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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.

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

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

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

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

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

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

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents