April 8, 2020 There are no signs of COVID-19 related illness at Kirkwood, across any level of care. We continue to monitor residents and will keep you informed of any changes. As always, contact Chad Carter or Jeff Burchfield if you have any questions. April 7, 2020 Update Skilled Nursing- We continue to monitor residents … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
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 … ContinuedRead More
“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 … ContinuedRead More
Hopefully by now you have heard about this spectacular event we are hosting to celebrate Kirkwood by the River’s 40th Anniversary and kick off the fundraising to support our community renovation. It will be a night you do not want to miss out on so be sure to read all about it and grab your … ContinuedRead More
Check out the wonderful events we have scheduled for March! Please click the images below for the full PDF version.Read More
We had so many amazing events this month, from the Valentine’s party, to countless concerts, and of course our Mardi Gras Celebration – and they were all amazing! But this month’s community favorite was our trip out to Morgan Creek Winery for a tasting and lunch was definitely this month’s favorite. Morgan Creek Winery is … ContinuedRead More
Our prayer for you is that today, as we enter into this season of Lent, you find time to reflect and confess as we begin to focus on Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and then to the cross. Today in our community, Reverend Monica Carlson will lead us in a service and time of worship to … ContinuedRead More
We are so excited to introduce Kirkwood’s new Seminary Intern, Emily Frandsen! Emily is a 3rd year Master of Divinity student at The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and has been worshiping and serving at Independent Presbyterian Church for the past number of years. Her experience is in youth and young adult ministry since 2002 … ContinuedRead More
We are all about spreading the love here at Kirkwood by the River so we thought it would be fun to hear some tips from our residents on love and Valentine’s Day! Bob Tate says the best advice he can give about love and marriage is, “do what your wife says” because usually, chances are, … ContinuedRead More
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!
We’re a family. We really are a family.