Building a Brighter Future Together

It is a pleasure to announce that we are moving forward in faith with our community improvement and expansion plans, which will allow us to reposition our campus to better meet the needs of our current and future residents as well as provide new offerings and services. Part of our community expansion plan includes the addition of residential cottage homes, which will be known as Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood. This community of independent living homes will expand the horizon of offerings at Kirkwood in providing an elegant, carefree living to those looking for independence with long term security. Phase one provides the opportunity for 18 single-family homes. Cedar Ridge at Kirkwood will be an extension of our Independent Living offerings and have full access to Kirkwood including one meal daily, weekly housekeeping, maintenance-free lifestyle, and access to the full continuum of care and programs and amenities at Kirkwood. In conjunction with Cedar Ridge, we plan to include the addition of a wellness center, bistro and renovations to the main living area, dining room, multiple outdoor amenities, and other campus-wide improvements.

Sandi Hall, Marketing Director
Phone: 205-862-0305

Kirkwood by the River
3605 Ratliff Road
Birmingham, AL 35210-4512
Phone: 205-956-2184
Fax: 205-956-0990

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Cedar Ridge


And Expansion of Amenities

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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 Current 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 Current 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 Current Resident