The Care You Need

One of the best parts of retiring to Dirigo Pines is having a variety of care options available, all in one place. Getting older often means we need a helping hand with certain activities, like getting up from a chair or out of bed, cooking dinner, or doing laundry. For those needing additional help, Meadowbrook Commons at Dirigo Pines offers Specialized Care.

People often ask us the difference between our Assisted Living and Specialized Care settings. Our routine Service Plan meetings help to determine when more assistance can make for a more enjoyable lifestyle. The number of activities with which a resident needs assistance, as well as the amount of time required for those activities, determines whether the resident can benefit from either Assisted Living or Specialized Care.

What Specialized Care Can Offer

Our specialized care neighborhood provides a higher level of personal care for those who need more assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, getting in and out of chairs or bed, walking, and eating.

We provide assistance around the clock, and medical care is close at hand. Eastern Maine Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital, each just 15 minutes away, provide state‐of‐the‐art specialty services for our residents needing advanced care.

Services & Amenities

  • Therapeutic assistance with activities of daily living (eating, ambulation, transfer, bathing, dressing and toileting)
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments with attendant
  • Medication administration and monitoring
  • Professional care planning to enhance residents’ health
  • Three nutritious and delicious meals daily
  • Linen and laundry service
  • 24‐hour on‐site care associates
  • Wellness programs
  • On‐site emergency response system
  • Routine housekeeping
  • Social, recreational, and cultural programs
  • Utilities, including cable TV, heat, air conditioning, and electricity
  • Medical Director oversight available

Meadowbrook Commons even offers residents special activities every day – check out our monthly Calendar of Events to learn more. 

Click here to learn more about our Specialized Care and other living options. To schedule a visit, call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

The Gift of Experience

Tired of trinkets? Not sure what to give this holiday season? How about the gift of experience? Dirigo Pines is conveniently close to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor offering nationally touring shows, as well as the recently revitalized Collins Center in Orono, and the newly updated Penobscot Theatre in downtown Bangor. There are shows and entertainment aplenty – tickets can make a great holiday gift. Here are few upcoming shows:

  • Elf the Musical: Take the grandkids to see this silly and beloved holiday-movie-turned-musical on the stage at Penobscot Theatre in Bangor. Give tickets as an early gift and get everyone in the mood for holiday fun. Throughout December. Learn more here.
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze: Watch this festive take on the holidays with amazing acts and costumes, coming December 13 to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Click here to learn more and find tickets.
  • The Nutcracker: What’s more Christmas than watching Clara and company on stage at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono? Take the family and arrive early to pick up your own nutcracker at the gift shop. Holiday shopping done. Coming December 15 and 16 – click here for details and tickets.
  • Honky Tonk Laundry: Starting January 31 through the end of February at the Penobscot Theatre, watch two country angels turn a humble laundromat into a boot-scootin’ honky-tonk in a new musical featuring hits made famous by Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, The Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and more. Click here for details and tickets.

Dirigo Dish: Avocado Pesto Dip

Keep visitors happy and snacking with this tasty dip perfect for crunchy bread, pita chips or veggies, from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium ripe avocados (peeled, pitted, cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pine nuts
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 medium garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions

  1. In a food processor or blender, process all the ingredients for about 3 minutes, or until the mixture is fluffy and creamy. 
The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

7 Reasons We’re Thankful to Live at Dirigo Pines

Dirigo Pines’ residents are more than willing to share about why they feel thankful to live here. From the beautiful grounds to the healthcare services you need and the friendliest staff around, here are just a few of the reasons to give thanks for living at Dirigo Pines…

  1. The People: Meeting new people is part of the joy of living in a retirement community like Dirigo Pines. Our residents are from all over the world with incredibly colorful stories to share. Artists, musicians, college professors, outdoor enthusists, world travelers – you never know who you might meet.
  2. Pet Friendly: Some of our residents are a little furrier than others. Did you know Dirigo Pines is pet friendly? Dirigo is home to many animals at the Inn and in our cottages. And for those without pets but a soft spot for furry friends, we enjoy regular visits from a variety of therapy animals.
  3. Delicious Dining: One of the best places to meet a new friend is at dinner — and that’s where Dirigo really excels. Chef Lew Stubbs and his incredible team in the kitchen make mouth-watering meals that leave residents (and visitors) raving. Using locally sourced produce and seafood is important to the team, and ensures high quality, fresh and delicious meals. And for extra convenience, we offer an All Day Dining Program, a unique concept designed to provide residents freedom of choice with options like breakfast for dinner or lunch at 2 p.m. rather than noon. 
  4. Our Campus: From a network of trails to stocked fishing ponds to stunning gardens and plenty of space and raised beds to claim as your own, our campus is a truly beautiful place. Residents often spot deer, birds, and even the occasional moose take a tour. Enjoy a walk on our beautiful nature trails or grab a bench down by one of the stocked fishing ponds and watch the wonder of nature in every season.
  5. Practice Your Short Game: One particularly unique feature of our campus is our very own Piney Knoll Putting Green outside the Dirigo Pines Inn. The 40×15 foot artificial turf putting green was installed in 2015, and it’s been a popular attraction ever since — and a great way to dust off your short game, have some fun and meet new friends.
  6. Fun, Fun, Fun. Dirigo Pines’ residents know how to have a good time. From concerts and play productions put on by the staff and residents, to fun traditions like watching Dirigo Dug come out of his tent each Groundhog Day to predict the beginning of spring, there’s no shortage of entertainment at Dirigo Pines. The Dirigo Pines activity staff plans regular exercise programs, guest speakers, groups for all interests, musical entertainment, outings to local shows and attractions (like those at nearby UMaine’s Collins Center), movies and more.

What are you thankful for this season? Share it in the comments below!

Take a Hike – at Dirigo Pines!

Looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a crisp autumn walk among Maine’s changing foliage and sprinkles of snow? Dirigo Pines’ campus offers winding picturesque trails that connect in with the Orono Land Trust’s Sklar Park trail system, a 40-acre parcel situated at the west end of Main St., between Route 2 and I-95. Among the falling leaves and snow and occasional wildlife, you’ll find some interesting features, outlined in our trail brochures which were developed by our residents and are available at the trail entrance behind the Dirigo Pines Inn. 

The Interpretive Trail Loop, with informational signs posted along the way, is .67 miles and loops around the Dirigo Pines’ campus. Signs mark interesting natural features like groves of softwood and hardwood trees, various fungi, woodpecker holes, red oaks and a large number of mature hemlock trees. Our campus is surrounded by wooded areas, offering amazing glimpses of nature. You can often spot chickadees, Canada geese, ducks, chipmunks, and the occasional deer, blue heron and pileated woodpecker along the trails and in our ponds.

Pick up a trail map and enjoy the great outdoors this fall and winter on our walking trails!

For more about the Orono Land Trust trail system, visit oronolandtrust.org.

Check Out Our New Look!

Notice something different? Dirigo Pines recently unveiled new company branding as part of Grace Management, Inc. Our new logo and website are part of a company-wide rebrand. The new look showcases our company’s growth and expertise as a nationally recognized leader in delivering senior living management services.

The new look embodies Grace Management’s person-centered mission: to create exceptional senior living experiences by bringing care and compassion to each and every relationship. Our new taglines express that mission: “It’s not like home. It is home,” and “Welcome to the Family.”

Home may be a place, but it’s also a feeling and way of life. With a tailored approach to every resident, we celebrate individuality while bringing the scale and resources necessary to create something better than home-like — a place that’s actually home.

“Grace Management started off as a family-run business, and that family company remains,” says Guy Geller, Grace Management president. “As we’ve grown, we’ve held onto our core principles while adding layers of professionalism and expertise. This benefits our residents, family members, and associates by making each one of our communities feel like home.”

November Business After Hours

Join us for our November Business After Hours with host Dirigo Pines Retirement Community in Orono! November 15 at Dirigo Pines from 5-7 p.m.

Bring a wrapped gift for a child to be entered in a special prize drawing! All gifts will be donated to Toys for Tots!

RSVP for an extra chance to win a prize, but please remember, you have to be present to win! For tickets, click here.

Business After Hours is a popular Chamber event that allows for networking between business professionals. The after-hours is held at a different Chamber member location each month, which enables the Chamber to secure visibility for a number of different members. The time-frame of 5-7 p.m. permits attendees to enjoy appetizers and drinks after work, and also enter to win fantastic raffle prizes donated by area businesses.

Click here for more information!

Holiday Shopping Spree

Ready? Set? The holidays are coming! Come enjoy a Holiday Shopping Spree event at Dirigo Pines! Join us tomorrow, Thursday, November 8 at 2 p.m. in the Kenduskeag Gathering Place in the Dirigo Pines Inn at 9 Alumni Drive in Orono.

Shop local vendors including:

  • Specialty Sweets
  • Valentine Footwear
  • Willie Wags
  • The Not So Empty Nest
  • The Yankee Chef
  • Quality Jewelers
  • Damon’s Beverage and Redemption
  • The Bangor Daily News

Mark your calendar and click here for more details!

Dirigo Dish: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Put that garden harvest to good use with this warm and autumn-perfect recipe for squash soup from the American Heart Association. Find even more heart healthy recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 butternut squash, about 2½ lbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups Vidalia onion (peeled, chopped)
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut squash lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon. Season both squash halves with 1 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil and ½ tsp. salt. Wrap in foil and place in baking tray or dish.
  3. Roast squash halves for 1 hour or until fork tender. Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle. Remove skin from the squash and set aside.
  4. Place remaining 2 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil, onion, carrots, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, and 1 tsp. of salt in a pot on medium heat. Cook, stirring regularly, until onions are translucent and carrots are tender, about 10 minutes. Add 1 quart of vegetable stock and roasted squash, and cook on a low simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on. Remove bay leaf from soup. Place soup mixture into a blender with remaining 1 tsp. of salt, nutmeg, black pepper and ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt. Blend on high until smooth, about 1 minute. Portion into 6 bowls, divide 1 cup of yogurt into dollops on top of each soup and serve immediately. 
The American Heart Association’s website is a great place for seniors and people of all ages to find delicious heart healthy recipes. Click here for more AHA recipes!

Dirigo Dish: Roasted Pumpkin and Apple Bisque

Dirigo Pines Chef Lew Stubbs shares a favorite recipe to celebrate autumn…

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter

1 medium chopped onion

1 cup sherry

½ teaspoon dried thyme

4 apples peeled and chopped

4 cups roasted pumpkin or canned pumpkin

6 cups chicken stock

¾ cup heavy cream

Directions:

In a heavy large sauce pan melt butter over medium heat and add onions. Cook until tender about 5 minutes. Add sherry and let simmer for 5 minutes then add thyme, roasted pumpkin, apples and chicken stock. Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes. Add cream, pepper and bring to temperature. Serve with fresh chopped scallions.

To roast pumpkins: Clean out the inside and drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 350°F skin side up for about 45 minutes.