The St. Patrick’s Day Party + Staff Spotlight – Life Enrichment Team

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date March 18, 2020

Our incredible activities team has been kicking it into high gear! Ever since the CDC recommended that all retirement communities cancel their on and off site activities, try to keep the distance between people, and cancel large group gatherings, our staff has done everything they can to keep our community members active and entertained, even in their apartments. Yesterday they visited residents with smiling faces, shamrock cookies, and other party treats to help everyone into the St. Paddy’s Day spirit! The Coronavirus can’t keep us down!

Claudia and Cathy are Queens among women – they work tirelessly, round the clock to ensure that our residents find joy and happiness through leading active lives alongside friends. We knew when this season of hardship and trials began that we could count on them to get creative and find ways to shine light in the life of our community.

We are so thankful for you ladies, Kirkwood would not be the same without your love of our residents and excitement for life. The joy of the Lord is your strength and it is so evident to everyone who meets you! We love you Claudia and Cathy!


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