Our Continuum of Care

Kirkwood by the River proudly offers the full continuum of care, which provides a unique peace of mind from having a plan as you transition through the stages of retirement. As a Life Plan Community, our primary focus is on helping our residents live independently and fully, on their own terms and with confidence.


Independent Living

Kirkwood is the perfect setting for leading an active and independent retirement. Fill your days with fitness classes, lectures and guest speakers, worship services, restaurant-style dining, performances from local creatives and students, outings to Birmingham-area attractions, and more.

Our spacious and customizable apartments offer incredible views from your balcony or patio of either the wooded areas along the river or our beautifully landscaped grounds.


Kirkwood offers amenities to fill your days and services to fulfill your needs. Schedule a visit and see first-hand how our services and amenities create a fulfilling and hassle-free way of life.

  • Dining services in Riverside Dining and Overlook Cafe
  • All utilities, except telephone/personal Wi-Fi services
  • Expanded basic cable television
  • Weekly housekeeping and bed linen laundry service
  • Daily programs and entertainment
  • Emergency call system in each apartment
  • Regularly scheduled exercise classes
  • Patio or balcony for each apartment
  • Full-time chaplain with weekly Bible studies and worship services
  • Daily resident safety check
  • Use of all common areas, including:
    • Fitness Center
    • Living Room with fireplace
    • Cahaba Room overlooking the river
    • Heated Pool
    • Library
    • Private Dining Room
    • Pavilion on the River
    • Walking Trails
    • Salon
    • Chapel
  • Licensed nurse on duty 24-hours a day for medical emergencies
  • Climate controlled storage unit
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Security Guard
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments, shopping centers and cultural events
  • Interior and exterior maintenance
  • Daily trash removal
  • On-site postal services
  • Free delivery of prescription drugs
  • Caregiver Services
    • Medication reminders
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
  • Personal laundry
  • On-site salon services
  • Scheduled personal transportation
  • On-site Medical Services
    • Geriatric Physician
    • Podiatrist
    • Optometrist
    • Physical, Occupational, Speech & Massage Therapy

Assisted Living

Kirkwood’s Assisted Living community meets your needs, knowing there’s none more basic than your desire for independence. A special combination of apartment living, personalized supportive services and health care, our assisted living program is designed to assist residents with the activities of daily living while encouraging a lifestyle of engagement and wellness.

Residents bring their own furniture, keepsakes and style to their private apartments. Our 34 Assisted Living apartments include a kitchenette, large bathrooms and beautiful natural views. Many apartments have a Juliet balcony, allowing you to get a better vision and feel of the outdoors. A convenient, inviting dining room is centrally located near a pleasant living room that invites conversations and informal gatherings. A full calendar of activities has something for every taste, and the natural surroundings have much to offer those who enjoy quiet reflection. Assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, medications, transportation to doctor’s appointments and shopping is provided. Residents and their families have the security and peace of mind that comes with a 24-hour, on-call, warm and caring staff, giving residents the confidence to live each day to the fullest.

  • 24-hour professional staff
  • Three meals served daily
  • Transportation to routine medical and dental appointments
  • Scheduled recreational and social activities designed to meet the needs and interests of our residents
  • Bathing assistance up to three times a week
  • Minimal assistance with dressing, shaving, hair and nail care, oral hygiene and help in matters involving personal safety
  • Medication administration
  • Individualized care plans
  • On-site visits with a physician, podiatrist, and therapy services
  • Emergency call system
  • Housekeeping
  • Complimentary use of laundry rooms
  • Laundry service for all bed linens
  • Personal correspondence assistance
  • Mail delivery to your suite
  • All utilities except telephone service
  • Expanded basic cable included
  • On-site salon services

Memory Care

Our Memory Support community offers care for those with mild to moderate memory loss that puts loved one's minds at ease and puts residents close to friends and family. A homelike community of 20 private apartments, Memory Support provides 24-hour personal care assistance for those who need a higher level of monitoring and help with daily living. At Kirkwood, we recognize that those with memory loss never forget their need for companionship.

Kirkwood helps residents meet the daily challenges of memory loss, without ever losing sight of each resident’s need for a high quality of life. Our services make use of the latest medication and therapies, and our amenities make the community warm and welcoming.

  • Safe and secure residential setting
  • 24-hour nursing staff
  • A comprehensive program of therapeutic activities designed to enhance memory building and promote stimulation
  • Three meals a day in a homelike dining room setting
  • Specially trained staff providing assistance with bathing, dressing and personal care needs
  • Medication administration
  • On-site visits with a physician, podiatrist, geriatric psychiatrist and therapy services
  • Emergency call system
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Personal laundry service
  • All utilities except telephone service
  • Expanded basic cable included
  • On-site salon services

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Skilled Nursing and Riverview Rehab

Our Skilled Nursing and Riverview Rehab communities are for those who need to regain their strength or lean on ours. Kirkwood offers both long-term private pay services and short-term Medicare rehabilitation services for those recovering from surgery, illness or injury.

Riverview Rehab, our short-term rehabilitation community, opened in spring 2023, and features 16 private beds, private bathrooms, and private, secure balconies for short-term rehab stays. We offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy in this area of our community, specializing in rehabilitation needs after hospitalization.

Suites are now available in our newly-renovated Skilled Nursing healthcare community! Skilled Nursing received a brand-new beautiful lobby entrance, state-of-the-art physical therapy gym, new activities and dining rooms, and additional spacious private and semi-private suites than before.

Care in Skilled Nursing is customized to the resident's individual preferences and needs in a compassionate environment. Our high ratio of nurses to residents reflects our deep commitment to quality of care, which becomes crucial to those needing 24-hour care. Daily activities such as musical concerts, sermons, and special programs in our Magnolia Room revive spirits and lift hearts, and the bond between caregivers and residents proves daily to be the strongest medicine of all.

  • 24-hour nursing care
  • Exceptional staff to resident ratio
  • Three meals served daily with snacks throughout the day
  • Multi-disciplinary team to assess all aspects of resident care
  • Individualized care plans
  • Scheduled recreational and social activities
  • Preparation of special diets as recommended by physician
  • Personal care assistance with bathing, dressing, shaving, oral hygiene and toileting, including incontinence care
  • Incontinence supplies (including briefs, gloves, bed pads, peri-wash and barrier skin cream)
  • Medication administration
  • On-site visits with physician, podiatrist, optometrist and geriatric psychiatrist
  • Nutritional supplements and thickened liquids provided when ordered by a physician
  • Restorative rehab services offered by trained staff
  • Emergency call system
  • Safety alarm systems such as bed alarms, wheelchair alarms and wander guard
  • Bowel and bladder re-training program
  • Daily housekeeping and laundry service for all bed linens and towels
  • Personal laundry service offered
  • Barber shop/beauty salon
  • All utilities except telephone service
  • Expanded basic cable included

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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.

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