Resident Spotlight: Sally Wall!

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date November 08, 2021

This month our sweet resident spotlight is Ms. Sally Wall who moved to the Mountainview building at Kirkwood last month! Our wonderful welcome committee member, Jeanette Hancock, interviewed her and put together this information.

Ms. Wall was born in Sewickly Pennsylvania and interestingly enough, her father and husband followed many of the same life patterns. Both of them worked in Steel plants – her father with US Steel and her husband with O’Neal steel! Throughout her life she moved around from city to city all over the country. Sally said that has helped her in transitioning to new living situations so upon moving to her new apartment at Kirkwood, she has a positive outlook and looks forward to settling into this new home. She is already getting comfortable with her new surroundings and the new friends she is making. Ms. Wall also loves Reverend Lucy Turner and mentioned that was a large part of the reason she felt good making the move to Kirkwood.

Sally is a long time active member of IPC – ever since her family moved to Birmingham so settle down. Birmingham was her husband’s home town. In addition to being an IPC member, Sally is a mother of two children whose families also reside in Birmingham. Some of her hobbies include tennis and bridge so we know our group of Kirkwood bridge players will enjoy having some new competition!

Ms. Wall we are so very happy to have you here at Kirkwood and look forward to getting to know you better!


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