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COVID-19 Coronavirus – Increased Surveillance Protocol

January 14, 2020: Independent Living: We have had no additional confirmed cases of Covid-19 in independent living this week.To date we have had a total of 11 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Independent Living and two deaths.Currently, 1 of these cases remain on quarantine. One tested negative and was cleared while at the hospital and … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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From the Kirkwood Kitchen: Mediterranean White Bean Soup

This month, from the Kirkwood Kitchen, we are bringing you a savory soup that is perfect for these chilly winter days in Birmingham! Let us know what you think! Mediterranean White Bean Soup Ingredients: 1 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 large red onion chopped 2 gloves garlic minced 1 large carrot chopped 1 celery rib chopped … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date January 08, 2021
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FAQ Friday: Cars at Kirkwood

It’s FAQ Friday at Kirkwood by the River! So today we are answering the question about Cars/Transportation at Kirkwood. Can you have them? Do you need them? How do you get around? So to answer the first question, YES, residents are able to bring their vehicles to Kirkwood and park them in our parking lot … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date January 07, 2021
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The Perfect Gift: Christmas Reflections from Rev. Lucy Turner

The Perfect Gift: Luke 2:1-20 Rev. Lucy E. Turner Kirkwood by the River December, 2020 Emmanuel, God is with us.  The waiting is over.  God is living on earth as a human being in the midst of us, as one of us.  Did you ever wonder how that came to be?  I mean did you ever … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date December 21, 2020
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Resident Spotlight: Catherine Lamar

This month we had the sweetest new resident move in to our Mountainview building of Independent Living, Catherine Lamar! I had the pleasure of hearing a little bit about her life and background and wanted to share with you all so you can get to know her a little better and welcome her into the … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date December 20, 2020
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Not-for-profit vs. For-profit retirement communities: Interview with our CEO

“Kirkwood began as a not-for-profit created by the Independent Presbyterian Church to offer continuing care retirement to seniors.” In parts one and two of our blog series, we talked about the differences between not-for-profit and for-profit retirement communities as well as the benefits of choosing the NFP over the FP organizational structure. We defined an … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date December 14, 2020
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FAQ Friday: Dining at Kirkwood by the River

Something that everyone asks when looking into an Independent Living retirement community is, “what is dining and meal time like?” This is a very important question to consider, especially because one big draw of moving to a community is that cooking would no longer be entirely necessary. At Kirkwood, we take dining very seriously, and so … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date December 09, 2020
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2020 Grandparent Gift Guide!

We are just a few weeks away from Christmas and I know we are all thinking about who we still need to purchase gifts for… Our Grandparents, parents, and other wise, seasoned individuals in our lives could definitely use some extra love because 2020 has been a tough year, especially for these folks during the … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date December 04, 2020
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Staff Spotlight: Reverend Lucy Turner

We have some very exciting news here at Kirkwood! Our wonderful chaplain Reverend Richard Hanna is stepping back to part time in order to spend more time with his family, so we have Reverend Lucy Turner from IPC coming to lead us in those hours of his absence. We are so delighted for her to … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date December 03, 2020
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Guest Post from our Rehab Director, Brian Farr: What are your therapy options and which is best for you?

When identifying the next best steps for yourself or your loved one after a medical event or decline in function, it is important to find the appropriate fit. Without the right rehab setting, it can be challenging to drive successful outcomes. Often, the choice is between inpatient rehab and subacute rehab. Inpatient rehab is typically … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date November 30, 2020
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From the Kirkwood Kitchen: Thanksgiving Series II

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 … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date November 19, 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