Dirigo Pines, Orono ME
When it comes to retirement living, few residential care communities offer as many care services, living 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:
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:
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 living, assisted 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 Pines, staff 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 living, assisted 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 living, assisted 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.
From The Owner
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