Eat Better, Live Better

Chef Lou Stubbs and his incredible team in the Dirigo Pines 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. You can find some of your own locally sourced food at area farmers markets – and Orono has one of the best around!

The Saturday Orono Farmers’ Market opens at 8 a.m. in the Steam Plant Parking Lot at the University of Maine and remains there until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. During Homecoming weekend in mid-October, the market will move to the Asa Adams School (behind Fire Station) just for that day. From December until commencement in May, the Market will be held downtown.

From fresh seasonal fruits and veggies to organic milk, yogurt and cheese, to amazing locally sourced meat, fresh bread and bakery products, to coffee, seafood, and more, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of fresh food and local products. Remember to bring your own bags and an appetite. It’s a great place to find fresh food and meet the farmer who grew it. For more information, visit their website and Facebook pages: 

Need Assistance?

Looking for the freedom to enjoy life’s many pleasures unburdened from daily tasks that may have become more difficult to manage? Assisted Living in Kenduskeag Commons at Dirigo Pines is the answer. Tailored to meet your individual needs, Dirigo Pines Assisted Living provides help with personal care and medications whenever needed. In addition, three meals are served daily. Housekeeping and laundry service are provided on a weekly basis and staff is available around the clock.


Choose from a variety of one‐bedroom, one bath apartment styles and become a part of one caring community. Click here to see the variety of floor plans available in Kenduskeag Commons.

Services & Amenities

  • Basic care assistance (bathing and dressing)
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments
  • Medication management and monitoring (up to 3 times daily)
  • Professional care planning to enhance residents’ overall health
  • Three nutritious, delicious meals daily plus snacks
  • Social, recreational, and cultural programs. Click here for a list of this month’s activities and events.
  • Kitchenette, including refrigerator and microwave
  • Weekly linen and laundry service
  • 24‐hour team
  • Wellness programs
  • On‐site emergency response system
  • Scheduled group transportation
  • Routine housekeeping
  • Medical Director oversight available
  • Utilities, including cable TV, WiFi, heat, air conditioning, and electricity

Click here to check out our list of frequently asked Assisted Living questions. 

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

It’s Festival Season!

It’s festival season in Maine! Take advantage of living in the middle of it all at Dirigo Pines in Orono, and visit these August festivals for lots of fun and Maine culture!

American Folk Festival – August 25-27 on the Bangor Waterfront

A massive 3-day music events, the American Folk Festival is a Maine tradition offering music and dance from all cultures and corners of the world. Dance to zydeco from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, check out a Quebecois group, enjoy the blues, celtic music, jazz, reggae, and our own Pride of Maine Marching Band from the University of Maine. Insider tips: Don’t miss the Inuit Throat Singing for a unique musical experience – and make the trek down to the Dance Tent – you won’t be disappointed!

Maine Lobster Festival – August 2-6, Rockland

Celebrating its 70th year, the Maine Lobster Festival serves up the state’s favorite crustacean (we’re talking 17,000 pounds of lobster last year!) in every way possible. Enjoy five days of feasting on the coast of Maine, the coronation of the Maine Sea Goddess, the Great International Lobster Crate Race (open to anyone brave enough to risk falling into the chilly ocean with thousands of people watching your every move), parade, arts & crafts, and more food.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival – August 18-20, Machias

Blueberries get their time to shine in August too. Celebrate the powerful little fruit in Machias as they roll out the blue carpet with food, entertainment, contests, and all things blueberry. There’s no admission charge. About 2 hours from Dirigo, the area also offers great whale-watching, lighthouses, hiking, kayaking, lobster rolls, and lots more!

Ploye Festival – August 11-13, Fort Kent

If you’re up for a bit of traveling, there’s a unique tradition in the northeast corner of America this time of the year – the making of the world’s largest ploye. And if you’re not familiar with ployes, you’re in for a special treat. The buckwheat pancake is an Acadian icon and it’s celebrated every summer in Fort Kent along side the International Muskie Derby (and if you’re not familiar with that one – it’s a real big fish!). The events include activities such as making the world’s largest ploye (12 feet in diameter last year!), live music entertainment, craft and vendor fair and more. It’s a weekend of fun for the whole family.

Cottage Community

Looking for the convenience of retirement living but in your own home? Dirigo Pines cottage community is the answer. The 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.

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.

Curious what the inside of our cottages look like? See our slideshow below or check out our Facebook events page for a list of upcoming cottage tours. 

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Come see for yourself what retirement at Dirigo Pines looks like. Call 1-866-344-3400 or email for more information or to schedule your own tour.

Dignity Through Technology

Dirigo Pines proudly presents It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) – Dignity through Technology. It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) is a leading national provider of subscription-based resident engagement technology solutions for seniors. 

This technology has been installed in 2,100 senior living facilities enhancing dementia/memory-care resident programming, resident activity levels, quality of life and rehabilitation therapy programs. Dirigo Pines is proud to bring this technology to Orono.

Overview of the iN2L system

The user can simply use the touch screen launching hundreds of applications all the while providing a pleasurable, engaging experience with minimal frustration.

  • Interactive systems designed to enable seniors with memory care needs to stay engaged and connected in their social, personal and clinical activities
  • Curated content library of more than 4,000 programs that can be selected and customized by residents, care staff and/or family members
  • Content provides programming for cognitive and therapy activities (rehab therapy, brain fitness, music therapy), personal activity (e.g., games, spiritual content, Internet), family interaction (e.g., Skype, picture repository/slideshow), and community social activities
  • Approximately 1.5 systems per facility deployed primarily across a mobile cart-based, fixed desktop, or wall-mounted configurations frequently located in Long Term Care common areas

iN2L was founded in 1999 by Jack York who remains the President today. Jack is a prominent figure in the senior living technology industry, speaking often on adaptive technologies designed for seniors. Tom Bang, CEO and Tom Basilico, CFO, who together have 50+ years experience in the senior/healthcare industries, work with Jack on providing leadership and guidance to the iN2L organization.

Fox News recently visited Dirigo Pines to learn more about this technology.

Click here for Part 1 of the news series from Fox.

Click here for Part 2 of the news series from Fox.

To learn more about It’s Never 2 Late, click here. 

Specialized Care

Summer is in bloom at Dirigo Pines!

Looking for extra help with personal care? Our Specialized Care services might be just the thing. Offering 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, our specialized care neighborhood can make for a more enjoyable lifestyle.
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 is the right choice. 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 for more information or to schedule a tour.

May is Bringing Flowers (and More)

At any age, gardening is a great way to get outdoors and stay active. Our residents are real testaments to that! Connecting with nature, stimulating your senses, watching plants blossom and grow – it’s a restorative and stress-reducing process, with the added benefits of getting a good workout and fresh veggies to boot! According to the National Gardening Association, three-quarters of households age 55 and older participate in some form of lawn or garden activity. 

While fun and relaxing, it can also be taxing on your joints, knees and back. Here are a few ways to make gardening a little less painful so you can continue planting for years to come:

  • Plant in pots or raised beds. Pots and raised beds not only help keep weeds to a minimum, they also help bring the garden a little closer to you to reduce the bending and kneeling related to gardening directing in the ground. Raised beds can be built tall enough to eliminate any bending at all – saving your back! Pots can be placed on patios and porches and even on rollers, so those with limited mobility can keep their thumbs green.
  • Work early. Start your weeding and pruning earlier in the morning, when it’s cooler and less humid. Good shoes, a broad-rimmed hat and gloves are all good ideas.
  • Enlist help. Let your children and grandchildren help with the heavy lifting and digging, or hire someone to give you a hand. 
  • Bring it in. Bring the outside in for those who can’t make the trip to the yard or have limited outdoor gardening space. Create a garden in indoor pots or create a low-maintenance terrarium. 

Our Dirigo Pines cottage residents have created some amazing gardens, and everyone at Inn has the opportunity each spring to claim a raised bed of their own. Last summer our residents’ green thumbs yielded gorgeous flowers, towering tomatoes, and all the salad fixings you could possibly ask for. We can’t wait to see what sprouts up this year!

Memory Loss Neighborhood

A therapy dog visits the Memory Loss Neighborhood.

Anyone who has ever had a loved one be diagnosed with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s can tell you just how overwhelming and difficult it is to know what to do next or where to turn for help. Finding care you trust is likely at the top of your list. We want many things from a care facility: individualized medical attention, opportunities for your loved one to continue doing the things they enjoy, delicious and healthy food, assistance 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, call toll-free: 866-344-3400 or email

Dirigo’s Green Thumbs

A quick tour around Dirigo Pines and you’ll quickly see just how much we like to play in the dirt. Our cottage residents grow beautiful gardens that add real curb appeal, and our folks at the Inn are always more than willing to add some color and life to the garden beds come spring. 

Did you know our Inn residents also have the opportunity to claim a raised bed just outside the breakfast room? That means those in our apartments can still have a chance to grow beautiful flowers and tasty veggies and play in the dirt all spring and summer. 

The benefits of gardening are many – from stress relief to exercise to adding all those delicious fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. And when the veggies start growing at Dirigo there’s usually more than enough to go around – many days residents can find vegetables available at the front desk in exchange for a donation to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s – a favorite charity among Dirigo residents.

Close to Home: Acadia National Park

One of the best parts of living at Dirigo Pines is the location – we’re centrally located in Vacationland, meaning amazing day trips aplenty. People travel far and wide to get to Maine – so take advantage of having places like Acadia National Park so close by! Acadia is located on Mount Desert Island, which is just over an hour from Dirigo Pines. Click here for driving directions.

Did you know April 15-16 and April 22-23 are the National Park Week Weekends – which means FREE entrance! Can’t make it this month? No problem. Everyone age 62 and over can get a lifetime pass to Acadia for just $10!

Here are some other fun facts about Acadia and what not to miss: