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Our Continuum of Care

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.

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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.

INCLUDED SERVICES & AMENITIES

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.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner served in an elegant dining room
  • All utilities, except telephone service
  • Expanded basic cable television and Wi-Fi
  • Weekly housekeeping and bed linen laundry service
  • Daily activities
  • 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
  • Wake up calls
  • Use of all common areas, including:
    • Fitness Center
    • Living Room with fireplace
    • Cahaba Room overlooking the river
    • Heated Pool
    • Game Room
    • Library
    • Private Dining Room
    • Resident Gardens
    • Pavilion on the River
    • Walking Trails
    • 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
SERVICES & AMENITIES AT AN ADDITIONAL COST
  • Caregiver Services
    • Medication reminders
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
  • Personal laundry
  • Barber shop/beauty salon
  • Kirkwares Convenience Store
  • Scheduled personal transportation
  • Meal plan for additional daily meals
    • First additional meal – $240
    • Second additional meal – $190
  • On-site Medical Services
    • Geriatric Physician
    • Podiatrist
    • Optometrist
    • Physical, Occupational, Speech & Massage Therapy
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Assisted Living

Kirkwood’s Assisted Living community meets your needs, knowing there’s none more basic than your need 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.

Residents bring their own furniture, keepsakes and style to their private apartments. Our 24 Assisted Living units all have a private balcony overlooking stunning views. A convenient, inviting dining room is located on the hall near a pleasant sitting 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.

INCLUDED SERVICES & AMENITIES
  • 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
  • Preparation of special diets as recommended by physician
  • On-site visits with a physician, podiatrist, optometrist and therapy services
  • On-site lab work when ordered by a physician
  • Emergency call system
  • Housekeeping
  • Complimentary use of laundry rooms
  • Laundry service for all bed linens
  • Personal laundry service
  • Personal correspondence assistance
  • Mail delivery to your suite
  • All utilities except telephone service
  • Expanded basic cable included
  • On-site barber shop/beauty salon
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Memory Care

Our Memory Care 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, “Kirkwood Lane” 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.

INCLUDED SERVICES & AMENITIES
  • 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
  • Preparation of special diets as recommended by physician
  • Specially trained staff providing assistance with bathing, dressing and personal care needs
  • Medication administration
  • On-site visits with a physician, podiatrist, optometrist, geriatric psychiatrist and therapy services
  • On-site lab work when ordered by a physician
  • Emergency call system
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Personal laundry service
  • All utilities except telephone service
  • Expanded basic cable included
  • On-site barber shop/beauty salon
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Skilled Nursing

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.

INCLUDED SERVICES & AMENITIES
  • 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.

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