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COVID-19 Coronavirus – Increased Surveillance Protocol

March 5, 2020: Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Care Visitation: With vaccinations becoming more widespread and our vaccination clinics completed we are getting many questions about when visitation can resume in our health care areas.Unfortunately, as of right now none of the restrictions for Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Care have been revised. … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 12, 2020
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September Programs Calendars

Here’s what’s happening this month! With our renovation underway, our space is a little limited but the activities calendar sure isn’t! Click the image below for the full calendar view.

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date September 01, 2021
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Staff Spotlight: Sandra Langdon

This month one of our wonderful receptionists, Sandra Langdon is our Staff Spotlight! Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am from Gadsden, AL where I graduated from High School in 1968 and went on to spend some time at Gadsden State and later attended Jefferson State. My mother still lives there and I … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 24, 2021
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Friend of Kirkwood: Murphree’s Fruits & Vegetables

This summer we began our farmer’s market program again for our community and we have partnered with Murphree’s Fruits and Vegetables! This quaint little market is located in Cahaba Heights and has been around since Gene Murphree and his family opened it in 1978. They’ve got everything you need from fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 20, 2021
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Introducing the Renovation Team: Brasfield and Gorrie

This week we are so excited to introduce our partner in making the dreams of our new and improved community expansion come to life – Brasfield and Gorrie! We chose to work with Brasfield and Gorrie on this project because they have built a reputation of “unwavering quality and integrity” and here at Kirkwood, we … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 12, 2021
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Resident Spotlight: Fred Rogers

This month, our resident spotlight is on our wonderful community member, Fred Rogers! We so enjoyed getting to know him a little bit better and hope you do too! Where are you from? I am from Jonesboro, Arkansas and moved to Birmingham in 2010 with my wife to be close to our family. Tell us … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 10, 2021
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FAQ Friday: What will happen if my health needs change?

Happy FAQ Friday! Today we are answering a question that many have: “what will happen if your healthcare needs change while residing in Independent Living at Kirkwood?” Kirkwood by the River is a Life Plan Community, meaning that we have every level of care on our campus, ensuring your comfort and peace of mind. You … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 06, 2021
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August Programs Calendars!

Check out our awesome programs calendars for the month of August! Click on the image below for the full PDF calendar of events. Independent Living Assisted Living Memory Care Assisted Living

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date August 04, 2021
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Staff Spotlight: Chris Brom

This month our awesome Maintenance Technician, Chris Brom is our Staff Spotlight! Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am originally from Pensacola, FL.  I have two kids who are 7 and 3 and I have been married to my wife, Morgan, for 4 years. Roll Tide! What is your role at Kirkwood? Maintenance Technician … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 29, 2021
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2021 Summer Newsletter!

We are excited to share our 2021 newsletter announcing our renovation plans and much more that’s been happening at Kirkwood lately! Click the photo below to read the document.

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 26, 2021
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Introducing the Renovation Team: KPS

This month, we would like to introduce you to our talented group of architects at KPS Group, who have developed a love for Kirkwood and a desire to bring our vision for the future of Kirkwood to life. Established in 1965, KPS Group provides architecture, interior design, planning, and related consulting services across the southeast … Continued

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By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date July 15, 2021

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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 Former 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 Former 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 Former Resident