Dirigo Pines

Based on 27 reviews | Ranked #1 of 2 communities in Orono

9 Alumni Drive, Orono, ME, 04473

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Dirigo Pines is a senior living community located in Orono that offers senior living and care services.

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Ratings Breakdown Based on Online Reviews

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Category Ratings

  • Service

    3 Total Reviews
  • Food

    4 Total Reviews
  • Rooms

    2 Total Reviews
  • Staff

    15 Total Reviews
  • Care

    7 Total Reviews
  • Cleanliness

    3 Total Reviews

Dirigo Pines Amenities

  • Active Social, Recreational, And Educational Programs
  • Assistance With Tasks Of Daily Living, Including Bathing, Dressing, And Medication Monitoring
  • Cable Television Access
  • Emergency Response System
  • Exercise Classes
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet
  • Medication Coordination
  • Memory Care
  • Snow Removal
  • Social, Educational, And Recreational Programs And Activities
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Weekly Housekeeping And Flat Linen Service
  • Wellness Programs

Dirigo Pines Price

Estimated Monthly Cost of $4,570

The above price is calculated based on average state costs, amenity information and online ratings. This price assumes some level of extra assistance, if no extra assistance is required, then the starting price would be less. To get an accurate monthly rate, click the button below:

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Compare Facility PricingMonthly Cost
Average cost of senior living within 25 miles$5,121/month
Orono average cost of senior living$5,105/month
Maine average cost of senior living$4,991/month

FamilyAssets has estimated the cost of Dirigo Pines senior living Facility in Orono, Maine. Dirigo Pines is 90% the cost of senior living in Orono and 92% the cost of senior living in Maine.

Detailed Information

Dirigo Pines, Orono ME

When it comes to retirement living, few residential care communities offer as many care servicesliving options, and amenities as the Dirigo Pines in Orono, Maine. Unlike many communities that stop with assisted living options and Alzheimer’s care, Dirigo Pines offers five long-term care programs for people who need mild to advanced personal care. The community’s six long-term care programs include: 
  • Assisted living
  • Independent living
  • Alzheimer’s care and dementia care
  • Respite care 
  • Specialized Care
Incoming residents may choose from a wide range of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom floor plans, depending on their residential care options. Assisted living and independent living apartments feature kitchenettes, alongside private bathrooms, and spacious closets. 
Residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia may consider one of Dirigo Pines’ comfortable memory care apartments. Known as “The Arbor,” the memory care community has dedicated staff and a unique "Never 2 Late" program that gives residents with Alzheimer's disease dozens of resources to encourage better cognition.
Living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can create unexpected challenges in a person’s life as they get older. Memory loss presents hurdles that take time to adjust to and they may need help to adjust to life with Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, Dirigo Pines memory care services are there to help. 
Dirigo Pines' memory care apartments are similar to assisted living and independent living apartments. The services are also similar, with staff members offering assistance with each person’s daily activities and providing personal care services. However, the memory care community’s staff are specially trained to help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, using special activities to help them manage their symptoms.
To help residents meet others, Dirigo Pines sponsors numerous life enrichment activities. Residents come together to enjoy daily programming, learning new things, explore hobbies, and make friends along the way. Mental and physical resident activities at Dirigo Pines include: 
  • Bingo
  • Movie screenings
  • Poker
  • Group outings
  • Bible study and devotional time
  • Music lessons/sing-a-longs
  • Birthday parties
  • Trivia nights
  • Kickball 
Dirigo Pines provides everything a person needs to live their lives to the fullest, including a handful of easily-accessible amenities. The on-site library is a great place for residents to enjoy quiet reading time. I Residents are welcome to get their haircut at the on-campus hair salon or create something in the arts and crafts room. At Dirigo Pines, there’s something for everyone to make daily life more convenient. 

If residents need something off-campus, they have easy access to a comprehensive selection of restaurants, grocery stores, and more thanks to Dirigo Pines' convenient location and transportation services. Home to the University of Maine, Orono offers everything one might expect from a bustling college town. In fact, despite its reputation as a college town, Orono offers fun points of interest for individuals of all ages.

Just a few minutes down the street, residents will find dozens of local restaurants that make Orono one-of-a-kind. The Family Dog is a must-visit spot for hamburgers, while Woodman's Bar & Grill is a perfect place to enjoy bar-style eats, craft beer, and hand-crafted cocktails.

Touring Dirigo Pines is the best way to see everything it has to offer, from its comfortable apartments to its beautiful swimming pool. The staff members are happy to explain what makes Dirigo Pines unique, helping families understand what to expect when they move in. 
With a wide variety of resort-style amenities, a unique approach to each resident's continuum of care, and friendly staff, Dirigo Pines provides a secure environment where residents thrive. To learn more about the community or to schedule a tour, use the links above. 
For more information about Dirigo Pines, their services, and their amenities, read the frequently asked questions (FAQ) below. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Does Dirigo Pines offer short-term care services for in-home care recipients?

Yes! Caregiving is an important job but everyone needs a break from their duties every so often. When older adults need a temporary caregiver while there’s is away, they can stay at Dirigo Pines for a period of time as part of their short-term care program. 
As respite care residents, individuals have access to on-site enrichment activities, meals, and transportation. 
To learn more about the respite care program for in-home care recipients in Orono Maine, use the link above to make an inquiry. 

Q: How much does Dirigo Pines cost?

Dirigo Pines does not charge the same flat price for each resident. They charge residents a set rental fee according to their floor plan, which includes their room and board, access to life enrichment programs, housekeeping fees, and meals. Any additional services a person receives are added into the base rental fee accordingly. 
When researching senior living options in Orono Maine, it's important to compare pricing for different communities and their programs. Pricing for independent livingassisted living, memory care, and specialized care programs at Dirigo Pines vary. Potential residents use the “Get Pricing” link above for a personalized cost estimate according to their preferred floor plan and their level of care

Q: How do I know if the Dirigo Pines memory care programs are right for me or my loved one?

Living with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging and many people seek out long-term care to help them manage life with short-term memory loss. At Dirigo Pines, residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia receive exceptional memory care services while they enjoy the community’s amenities, make friends, and feel at home.  
The memory care program a special type of assisted living, offering basic personal care services alongside dementia care. Memory care residents receive help with their daily tasks, with additional specialized services to help them manage their memory impairments. 
If a person needs help learning to live with dementia or they believe Alzheimer’s care can help them live a happier, more enjoyable retirement, memory care services at Dirigo Pines might be right for them. To learn more, use the link above to make an inquiry.

Q: Are incoming residents allowed to bring their own furnishings and belongings to Dirigo Pines?

Yes! At Dirigo Pinesstaff believes exceptional living goes beyond amenities and long-term care - the most important part of residential care is feeling at home. 
Residents encouraged to bring whatever furnishings or belongings will make the lifestyle options at Dirigo Pines feel like home. Independent livingassisted living, and memory care apartments are unfurnished by default, giving residents plenty of space to make it feel like home. 
Residents may decorate in any way they choose, but it’s important to measure the apartment for sizing references. For more information, please use the link above to make an inquiry. 

Q: What happens if I move into independent living at Dirigo Pines and my care needs change as time passes?

Over time, a person’s level of care may change. They may need help with additional daily activities or develop memory loss, among other conditions. When a person’s need change, Dirigo Pines is there to help, adjusting each resident’s care routines as needed. 
With independent livingassisted living and memory care programs, Dirigo Pines is equipped for changing levels of care. For more information, please use the link above to make an inquiry. 

Q: Can I access skilled nursing care at Dirigo Pines?

No. Dirigo Pines offers a wide range of senior living options but they are not licensed to provide skilled nursing care. As a non-medical senior living community, the lifestyle options at Dirigo Pines are not equipped for residents who need ongoing medical attention. 
To learn more about the differences between residential senior care and skilled nursing care, please use the link above to make an inquiry or start a chat below for information. 

About The Community

It’s not like home. It is home. Our mission is to make the tough decisions easier. Home may be a place, but it’s also a feeling, a way of life and something we take seriously. Dirigo Pines Retirement Community creates exceptional senior living experiences by bringing care and compassion to each and every relationship. With living options to suit your specific needs and activities that you’re sure to love, this is what a vibrant, active community looks like. We believe you’ll be able to see yourself here. Welcome to the family. Keep Reading

Contact Information

Community Website

(207) 494-5212

9 Alumni Drive, Orono, ME, 04473

Rankings & Reviews

FamilyAssets Reviews for Dirigo Pines

We have 2 review(s) for this provider.

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A concerned Daughter

09 Feb 2020

This facility will sell you a bunch of goods, but they won't deliver. It use to be a wonderful facility 3 years ago before Grace Management took over and began cutting staff, reducing nurses, and replacing them with less qualified folks who essentially can give medication. Family members complain, but it goes nowhere.

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Leigh Ann Mayeaux

22 Jan 2020

I had the opportunity to tour Dirigo Pines a few weeks ago when I was in town searching for a memory care for my mother. It was the last place I visited because the assistant administrator at another place told me that it was 40 minutes from their community. (more like 7 minutes!) Dirigo Pines was like a breath of fresh air. When I walked in, I was immediately greeted by a cheerful person from behind the desk who knew my name, and someone came to greet me for my tour. They answered my questions thoroughly, spent a lot of time with me, and definitely said that she needed to be somewhere safe and secure. It gave me a peace of mind.

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FamilyAssets Score

Feb 1, 2019

FamilyAssets looked at 27 reviews and calculated that Dirigo Pines has a weighted rating of 3.847 which makes it the #1 ranked community within 25 miles of Orono, Maine.

Compare Dirigo Pines to Nearby Facilities

Dirigo Pines is ranked 1 out of 2 total senior living communities in the city of Orono, 1 out of 2 communities within 20 mile radius and 13 out of 32 communities within the state of Maine.

1st out of 2
Orono Senior Living
Top 50% of 2 senior living communities in Orono
1st out of 2
Senior Living within 25 miles
Top 50% of 2 senior living communities within 25 miles
13th out of 32
Maine Senior Living
Top 41% of 32 senior living communities in Maine

Reviews for Dirigo Pines From Around The Web

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4.00 average score on Caring.com ® from 11 total reviews

3.70 average score on other platforms from 9 total reviews

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