Resident Spotlight: George and Martha Oliver

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date August 13, 2020

The Oliver’s are our newest Kirkwood by the River family members in Independent Living! During the quarantine they found it increasingly more difficult to get the necessities so moving to Kirkwood gave them peace of mind knowing that meals and necessities were provided and people are around to help during such an uncertain time.

The Oliver’s have been married for 15 years and they were introduced by mutual friends in Birmingham. Each of them were born in different states – George in Georgia and Martha in Kentucky – but found their way to Alabama earlier in their lives. Between the two of them, they’ve got 6 married children, 14 grandchildren, and 2 great grand children (with a pair of twins on the way!).

Martha says her favorite thing about Kirkwood so far is not having to cook anymore! The couple has also enjoyed the wonderful people they’ve met so far and look forward to creating more friendships with their Kirkwood neighbors. A hobby that the two have done together for years is gardening and George is really looking forward to working in the resident garden with friends and fellow green thumbs. He has already started working on his fall garden! Martha loves that she has time to read and relax with fun coloring books.

The thing that the Oliver’s feel so very thankful for – especially in this season – is their health and the health of their family. We know that safety and health are a blessing and not something to be taken for granted and we pray for sustaining of that health every day!

The Kirkwood family is so thrilled to be able to welcome the Oliver’s to their new home and we pray they feel the love and encouragement through this place as many have before them!


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