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.

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.

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!

Garden Harvest

It’s Harvest Time in Maine – and at Dirigo Pines our gardens are producing quite the haul this year! Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and cabbage – oh my!

Just behind the Dirigo Pines Inn are a series of raised beds that residents claim each spring. Stunning flowers and gorgeous fruits and veggies sprout and produce all summer long, and this time of year the harvest is plentiful.

Many days residents can find vegetables available at the Inn in exchange for a donation to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – a favorite charity among Dirigo residents. And what veggies residents can’t use are donated to local food pantries and Habitat for Humanity to help the greater community. Happy harvesting!

Construction Nearly Complete

The Dirigo Pines cottage community is growing! Construction is nearly complete on several new cottages and we have a limited number of cottages available now!

To check out what’s for sale right now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Each duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage at Dirigo is designed to maximize your privacy while maintaining a warm feeling of community. It’s the perfect way to enjoy independence and privacy as well as a neighborhood of likeminded retirees. You can also benefit from the activities and events open to all Dirigo residents!

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 home, 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.

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.

Making Memories this Grandparents Day!

One of the greatest joys in life is becoming a grandparent. Spending time with little ones and watching them grow is an incredible gift. And the best way to celebrate Grandparents Day (or any day for that matter!) is spending quality time with the grandkids. Here are a few fun ways to make some memories…

  • Reap what you sow. Many Dirigo residents in our cottage community enjoy large flower and vegetable gardens in their yards, and our Inn residents have the opportunity to claim a spot in our raised beds. Kids loves seeing what’s growing in the garden and now’s the perfect time to let them help pick a peck or two!
  • Share a family recipe. Now that you’ve harvested all those tomatoes, teach the grandkids how to make your family’s famous tomato sauce! Old family recipes for cookies, pies, and special meals are always the best and full of memories. Share them with the next generation.
  • Craft something together. If you’re a quilter or a knitter or tie flies, share your talents with your grandchildren. Not very crafty? There are tons of fun craft ideas online for every age, and creating something together is a great way to bond with little ones.
  • Brain work. Kids love puzzles — whether they’re jigsaw, word searches or just a fun riddle. Get out some board games or watch a game of Wheel of Fortune together — solving clues together is a fun way to spend time.

For more ideas for fun activities to do with the grandkids, click here! Have an idea of your own? Share it in the comments below!

Featured Cottage: 14 Poplar Drive

Contemplating a move? The Cottage Community at Dirigo Pines might just be the perfect fit. The duplex style, one-story or two-story cottage homes at Dirigo are designed to maximize your privacy while maintaining a warm feeling of community. It’s the perfect way to enjoy independence and privacy as well as a neighborhood of likeminded retirees. You can also benefit from the activities and events open to all Dirigo residents!

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 home, 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.

This Month’s Featured Cottage: 14 Poplar Drive

Ever dreamed of living right next to a gorgeous nature trail? Here’s your chance! This beautiful 1,400 square foot cottage was built in November 2017, and features a partly wooded lot, radiant heat, an open concept, gas fireplace, heated sun room, custom kitchen, master bedroom with a walk-in closet and custom armoire, a loft, attached garage with overhead storage, stone patio and more!

 Come visit! Stop by our OPEN HOUSE on August 22 from 9-11:30 a.m.!

For the full list of details on 14 Poplar Drive, click 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.

And for more cottages for sale now, visit our site at www.dirigopines.com/for-sale.

Fun and Fashion for a Great Cause!

In partnership with Christopher Banks and Valentine Footwear, Dirigo Pines is sponsoring a Fashion Show featuring on August 16 from 1-4 p.m. in the Kenduskeag Gathering Place at Dirigo Pines!

Christopher Banks will also be offering 40% off items that they will have available at the show for purchase. Please join us for what is sure to be a great time for all. Residents and Staff of Dirigo Pines will serve as our fashion models!

Christopher and Banks and Valentine Footwear will also be raffling off a complete outfit to one lucky winner and there will be other prizes, along with free refreshments!

All proceeds will be donated to the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Katie Luce, Community Events Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will be in attendance!

RSVP to lcates@dirigopines.com or call 866-3400!