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COVID-19 Coronavirus – Increased Surveillance Protocol

June 1, 2020 This update is being generated to bring you up to speed on developments over the weekend.  Based on feedback we received from various sources, we regret to inform you that we will have to delay the dining and beautician arrangement for Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living.  This means they will … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 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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Good Friday Reflections from Reverend Hanna

Most of us know of what have been called the “Seven Last Words of Christ From the Cross.”  No one Gospel writer records all of these sayings.  Matthew and Mark describe one.  Luke and John give us three each.  But together these last words communicate great and profound truths that help us to understand a … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 10, 2020
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The St. Patrick’s Day Party + Staff Spotlight – Life Enrichment Team

Our incredible activities team has been kicking it into high gear! Ever since the CDC recommended that all retirement communities cancel their on and off site activities, try to keep the distance between people, and cancel large group gatherings, our staff has done everything they can to keep our community members active and entertained, even … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 18, 2020
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In God We Trust in the Midst of the Coronavirus Challenge

Proverbs 3:1-6 March 12, 2020 A Sermon from Richard B. Hanna Kirkwood by the River Birmingham, Alabama Proverbs 31-6: “My child, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; 2 for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare they will give you. 3 Do not let loyalty and … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 13, 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 March 12, 2020
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Join us for Race in to the Future at The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum!

DATE CHANGE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the next couple of months and our desire to prevent COVID-19 exposure, we have made the decision to postpone our 40th Anniversary Celebration at Barber Motorsports Museum to September 25, 2020. Thank you for your understanding. Please go ahead and mark your calendars, we are excited to celebrate … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 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