Discover Dirigo: Take a Hike

20160615_163318We’re fortunate at Dirigo to have residents dedicated to keeping our trail brochures up-to-date and even offering occasional Interpretive Trail walking tours. Our extensive trail system connects 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.

Click here for a map of the Sklar Park trail system.

Sklar Park is a 1985 gift from the David Sklar Family to the Town of Orono and is managed by Orono Land Trust (OLT) and the town. Local Boy Scouts built bridges and widened trail loops within the park. Trails are marked with white blazes and OLT trail signs. A field on this property is managed for wildlife habitat. The property abuts private lands with trail access to Dirigo Pines, the Katahdin Area Boy Scout Council building, Rampe Conservation Easement and Orono High School land.

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

Comparing Costs – On the Outside

20160615_152042When you start putting pen to paper and adding up the cost of staying at home versus choosing a retirement community, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples. It’s easy to compare mortgage or rental payments, taxes, and utilities, but have you considered the cost of snow removal, trash pickup, yard maintenance and more?

Click on the interactive graphic to see how these costs add up…

Maintaining a home is time-consuming and often a labor-intensive task. The monthly maintenance fee at Dirigo Pines includes all maintenance inside and outside of the cottage, including:

  • All lawn and garden upkeep
  • Snow removal
  • Internet
  • Cable television
  • General maintenance, even washing the windows inside and out twice a year

All cottages have two bedrooms, two baths, living room/dining room, porch, and one-car garage. All appliances are furnished. Many options are available, including a second garage, basement, loft, flooring upgrades, cathedral ceiling, and window box seats. Many custom design options are available as well.

Ready to learn more? Call 866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Cottage Available Now

20160707_160436Ready to retire? We’ve got the perfect cottage for you! Our beautiful and homey cottage at 114 Dirigo Drive is available now, with 1,959 square feet of living space including a porch, garage, fireplace, built-in bookcases and more. The cheery 4-season sun room is perfect for curling up with a book or your morning coffee, and the large loft space and den offer lots of extra room for an office, guest room and more. The cottage is located at the end of the Dirigo Drive cul-de-sac, adjacent to conservation land, and offers a beautiful stone terrace and deck overlooking a landscaped back yard with rock wall.

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

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Discover Dirigo: Memory Loss Neighborhood

20160615_162848A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or memory loss for your loved one is heartbreaking. In your search for care, you likely want many things: individualized care and medical attention, opportunities for your loved one to continue doing the things they enjoy, nutritious meals, help with daily activities and more. And most importantly, you need to trust the facility and staff.

The staff of the Dirigo Pines Memory Loss Neighborhood understands the challenges that families face and is here to help. With individualized attention for residents, you can be sure your loved one is receiving professional care designed to enhance their health, safety and wellness.

Here’s a quick look at what our Memory Loss Neighborhood offers:

  • Individual specialized attention
  • Secure outdoor garden park
  • Medication administration
  • Professional care planning to enhance residents’ health and safety
  • Specially trained 24-hour staff
  • Personal care
  • Therapeutic assistance with activities of daily living
  • Three meals daily
  • Linen and laundry service
  • Wellness programs
  • Medical Director oversight
  • On-site emergency response system
  • Scheduled group transportation
  • Housekeeping
  • Guided social, recreational, and cultural programs

For more information, visit dirigopines.com, call toll-free: 866-344-3400 or emailinfo@dirigopines.com.

 

Cottage Living: Take a Tour

20160615_154340Looking for convenience and carefree living? Join the cottage community at Dirigo Pines. One monthly fee includes cable television, internet, grounds keeping, snow plowing, trash removal, building repairs, maintenance and more. You can also access an array of services and facilities in the central Inn, including a lovely gathering room with a large fireplace, dining rooms, library, hair salon, activity rooms and more. There is even a large private dining room, which you can reserve for your own gatherings with friends and family.

Take a look inside 20 Dirigo Drive, one of our cottages that is currently available.

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Every duplex style, one-story cottage home at Dirigo Pines offers a living room, dining area, fully applianced kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available.

Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

Bumper Crop

20160615_16014620160615_160335Our residents like to get their hands dirty – literally. Our cottage residents boast beautiful gardens, and everyone at Inn who was interested in sowing a bit of land had the opportunity to claim a raised bed this spring. And they have officially sprung! Our residents green thumbs have yielded gorgeous flowers, towering tomatoes, and all the salad fixings you could possibly ask for.

Did you know gardening is not only a great pastime, it’s actually good for you? It’s great exercise (you burn a surprising number of calories bending, squatting, and pulling weeds), increases the number of healthy fruits and veggies you consume, the perfect way to reduce stress, and be part of a community as you share your bounty. Get planting!

 

Dirigo Dish: Black Bean Burgers & Potato Salad

It’s BBQ season! Celebrate with a heart-healthy alternative to cheeseburgers, as well as a tasty new recipe for potato salad from the American Heart Association. Find even more yummy summer recipes at www.heart.org!

Ingredients

For the potato salad:

  • 1 1/2 lb. potatoes, new potatoes or red potatoes work well
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/4 ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 green onion or scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, fresh parsley

For the black bean burgers:

  • 15.5 oz. canned, low-sodium black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 8.8 oz. packaged, cooked brown rice
  • 15 oz. canned sweet potatoes or yams in light syrup, drained
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. canola oil, divided

Directions

For the potato salad:

  1. Fill a medium heavy-duty pot 3/4 full with water. Cut the potatoes evenly into bite-sized pieces and add into the water.
  2. Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, let cook until potatoes are fork-tender, about 8 to 10 minutes depending on size. Drain in a colander and run cold water over the potatoes to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, add oil, mustard, vinegar, pepper, and salt. Whisk together to combine with a fork. Add potatoes, chopped scallions, and chopped parsley. Toss to combine potatoes in dressing. Reserve until black bean burgers are done.

For the black bean burgers:

  1. Into a medium bowl, add ½ cup black beans and 1 cup brown rice. It may be easier to microwave the rice for 30 to 60 seconds so it sticks together less and can be measured. Reserve.
  2. Add remaining beans and brown rice into the bowl of a food processor, along with canned sweet potatoes/ yams, egg white, cumin, salt, and pepper. Pulse the mixture until smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Transfer puree to the reserved bowl with whole beans and rice. Add breadcrumbs and stir until mixture is combined. Form into 6 patties and place onto a plate.
  4. Warm 1 tablespoon oil in a medium nonstick sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add 3 of the fragile patties into the pan; cook until slightly browned on each side, 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining oil and patties. Serve black bean burgers with potato salad.

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!

 

Discover Dirigo: Independent Living in Penobscot Commons

Back-Patio-View-6-2012Retirement means freedom – and that should include freedom from household worries like cutting the grass, plowing the driveway, what to make for dinner every night, and never-ending housekeeping. Independent Living at Dirigo Pines is exactly what retirement should be.

The Penobscot Commons offers a variety of beautiful apartments in the Dirigo Pines Inn. The Inn is the heart of social activities at Dirigo, offering a gorgeous gathering room with large stone fireplace, spacious dining rooms, cozy library, hair salon, fitness studio and more. Residents can even reserve the private dining room for their own gathering with friends or family. 

For apartment residents, one monthly fee covers rent and utilities, as well as dinner Monday through Saturday and Sunday brunch. Also included is weekly housekeeping, 24-hour emergency response system, on-site professional nurse, and continental breakfast.

Click here to compare the cost of all-inclusive living at Dirigo Pines to living at home. 

 To schedule a visit, call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.

Home Sweet Cottage

20160615_152042The cottage community at Dirigo Pines is a beautiful and convenient way to enjoy your retirement. One monthly fee includes cable television, internet, grounds keeping, snow plowing, trash removal, building repairs, maintenance and more. You can also access an array of services and facilities in the central Inn, including a lovely gathering room with a large fireplace, dining rooms, library, hair salon, activity rooms and more. There is even a private dining room, which you can reserve for your own gatherings with friends and family.

If you’re ready to retire, the privacy of a Dirigo Pines cottage is a wonderful option, that also maintains a warm sense of community. Take a look inside 91 Dirigo Drive, one of our cottages that is currently available.

Every duplex style, one-story cottage home at Dirigo Pines offers a living room, dining area, fully applianced kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in closet, guest bedroom, two baths, screened-in porch, and attached garage. Some cottages also have a den. There are many interior finish options and upgrades available.

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Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

Discover Dirigo: Meet Merrill Milham & Ann Davidoff

20150713_192802_resizedMerrill Milham & Ann Davidoff were living in Maryland when they began researching retirement communities.

“It took us 10 years to decide on a location for our retirement. We researched retirement communities from Maine to Oregon.” 

In search of a spot to escape the oppressive summer heat and humidity, they discovered Dirigo Pines in Orono. The fell in love with the natural landscaping, proximity to the University of Maine, the friendly town of Orono and the reasonable cost when compared to other retirement communities they visited. 

“We settled on Dirigo Pines, where we would be able to customize our cottage as it was being built for us. We were impressed by the skills of our builder and the ways in which we were able to adapt the features of our home to suit our lifestyle.”

Having built other homes in the past, they were very impressed with how easy it was at Dirigo Pines. They were happy that such a high level of customization was available when planning their cottage. They were able to fence their yard for their dogs, add a laundry room and adjust the size of different rooms.

The construction and maintenance staff have become like family to them. And they love taking advantage of free classes at the University, concerts at the Collins Center for the Arts, and activities at the New Balance Recreation Center. 

“We enjoy the Dirigo Pines nature trail, which connects to the Orono Land Trust trail system. Orono is an attractive, small, university town with locally owned restaurants and shops.”

Are you ready to discover Dirigo Pines? Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com.