Discover Dirigo: What is Specialized Care?

BackPatioViewTightOur 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/out of chairs or bed, walking, and eating.

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.

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

Come see for yourself! Call 1-866-344-3400 or email info@dirigopines.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

A Look Back at Summer Fun and Games

13913730_1106460509391806_5799247470286351379_oWe’ve had an amazing summer at Dirigo Pines, with even more fun in store this fall and winter. As Autumn closes in, we find ourselves looking back at all of our summer fun and games.

The summer was kicked off with our annual Fishing Derby, with a few catches big enough to throw on the grill! We enjoyed a BBQ with the staff, planted flowers all around the Inn, and even managed a trip to Leonard’s Mills – a 1790s living history site which is home to the only operational water wheel powered, up-and-down sawmill in Maine.

Our residents enjoyed some friendly competition with retirement communities in nearby Hampden and Belfast, perfecting our putting in the annual Putting Contest and brushing off our bocce ball skills recently at the Bocce Ball Throw Down at Avalon Village. (We might have to put in some more practice hours next summer to keep up with their bocce skills!) 

 Check out these photos from our summer of fun, and stay tuned to see what’s in store this season!

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Comparing Costs on the Inside

It’s easy to compare mortgage or rental payments, taxes, and utilities, but when you truly add up the cost of staying at home versus choosing a retirement community, be sure you’re not forgetting anything. Have you considered the cost of replacing old appliance, cleaning the furnace, general maintenance costs and more?

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

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.

Senior College: Back to School

pencil-918449_1920New pens and pencils, fresh notebooks – it must be back to school time! For local seniors, the Penobscot Valley Senior College offers unique learning opportunities throughout the year – with no tests or homework and a focus on socializing and enjoyable learning. Sounds pretty good, right?

Dirigo Pines is pleased to be a host for various classes through the Senior College, making attending even more convenient for Dirigo residents.  

Established in the fall 2002 at the University of Maine in Orono and affiliated with the UMaine Center on Aging, Penobscot Valley Senior College serves the greater Bangor-Orono region. The college’s mission is to offer adults who are at least 50 years old opportunities to learn about a wide array of fascinating topics. The college’s emphasis is on enjoyable learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. Approximately 200 adults attend PVSC classes during each fall and spring term.

Senior colleges provide unique educational and social opportunities, and are largely volunteer-driven. Members volunteer to serve on their college’s board of directors and committees as well as to plan and present all courses and special programs. Their interests are the foundation of all program planning. PVSC is one of 18 senior colleges in Maine, stretching from York County to Presque Isle and Calais, linked to the Maine Senior College Network, which is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine.

Click here to learn more and keep an eye out for the fall schedule being announced soon. 

Customize Your Cottage

13754286_1092511524120038_214569463897697275_nOur cottage community is growing! New cottages are being built right now – it’s a great time to pick your new home and have a say in finishes and upgrades before the cottages are finalized.

The duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage homes at Dirigo Pines are created to maximize your privacy while maintaining a warm feeling of community. Every cottage offers a living room, dining area,  kitchen with all appliances, 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.

Customize your own, complete with the high-quality craftsmanship of the builder who constructed our original cottages in 2002, and who still maintains them today. Your investment in a share of common stock in the cooperative is equal to the value of your cottage. You’ll enjoy the privacy of your own home and have added peace of mind knowing that the cooperative covers your home maintenance. From routine mowing and snow removal to prompt service when it is time to clean your furnace or replace an appliance, the Dirigo Pines onsite maintenance staff are available to maintain your cottage inside and out.

Check out some of the available floor plans by clicking here.

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.

Join Us for a Swinging Good Time

Bob Chase and Bob Reynolds head out onto the course.

Bob Chase and Bob Reynolds head out onto the course last year.

Join us in a fundraiser to help end Alzheimer’s! Dirigo Pines will be hosting the 2nd Annual Golf Classic for Alzheimer’s on Friday, Sept. 23 at Traditions Golf Club in Holden. 

Choose 9 holes in the morning or afternoon, or golf both times! Start times are 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with a shotgun start and scramble format. Teams of four pay $200 for 9 holes, or $300 for 18 holes. Included in this price is use of a golf cart, lunch buffet from Pat’s Pizza and a small gift.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Let us know – we’re still accepting sponsorships! 

Space is limited for this event, so sign up today!

Please contact Ann Homola at (207) 866-3400, ext. 193 for more information or to request a sponsorship or registration form. 

Dirigo Dish: Frozen Yogurt Pops

Cool off this summer with the perfect healthy frozen treat for all ages from the American Heart Association: yogurt pops with peaches! Check more fun summer recipes from the American Heart Association at www.heart.org!

Note: Two cups of chopped fresh or frozen fruit can be subbed for the peaches, so you can  experiment with these refreshing popsicles from the Simple Cooking with Heart program.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. packaged, frozen, sliced peaches, thawed and divided
  • 1 cup fat-free, plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. honey

Directions

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add 1½ cups thawed peaches from bag, yogurt, and honey. Process about 1 minute until mixture turns into a puree.
  2. Transfer puree to a bowl or large liquid measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring. Chop remaining peaches into bite-sized pieces and add into the bowl, along with any lingering peach liquid from the bag.
  3. Divide mixture among popsicle molds, filling each one almost to the top. Place in the freezer overnight.
  4. To remove from molds, hold under warm water until popsicle can be easily pulled free.

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: 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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