Kirkwood by the River proudly offers the full continuum of care. That means you will experience the unique peace of mind that comes 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. Living at Kirkwood allows you to enjoy your retirement with confidence.
Enjoy the benefits of living in an active and secure environment without the stress and hassles of home maintenance or repairs.
Our Assisted Living encourages as much independence as possible, with the security of having support and assistance with daily tasks.
Kirkwood provides 24-hour personal care with dignity, respect, and compassion for those with mild to moderate memory loss.
Kirkwood offers both long-term private pay services and short-term rehabilitation services for those recovering from surgery, illness or injury.
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.
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.
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.
Our Skilled Nursing community is 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. Care is customized to their individual preferences and needs in a compassionate environment with a higher ratio of caregivers to residents.
This high ratio of nurses to residents reflects our deep commitment to quality of care, which becomes crucial to those needing 24-hour care. This is also a commitment that goes beyond physical or medical 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!
We’re a family. We really are a family.