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Birch Bay Retirement Village

25 Village Inn Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

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anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
4.5
Kind care at Birch Bay Village

We chose Birch Bay primarily because of the convenient location to me. I am able to visit daily if I want to and that is a huge plus. Also their approach to care is great - they have music therapy which I think is really helpful to folks with dementia. It is a low pressure place, they don't drag residents out of their rooms to do things if they do not want to do them. It does have that hospital like feel to it and that is the one downfall for us. It is expensive, but the quality care provided is priceless. I would definitely recommend this facility to others.... Read more

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About the facility Birch Bay Retirement Village

Birch Bay Retirement Living is a charming homelike community with beautiful views of the Frenchman Bay. Have peace of mind knowing your loved one is within 5 miles of the closest hospital. Soak up the sun while listening to the peaceful sounds of flowing water at the nearest beach.

A variety of activities help enrich senior’s lives from book club to men’s group to water exercises at the local YMCA. Chef-prepared meals are made from scratch and served in a variety of dining areas. From a natural light filled restaurant-style dining room to a classy, but comfortable dining room, seniors can choose their favorite ambience. Those in memory care have a homey family-style dining area. They can improve their well-being through musical therapy by a board certified music therapist.

The community offers independent living, supportive living, and memory care. Those in independent living have beautiful one-story cottages. Cozy one- and two-bedroom apartments are offered for seniors in supportive living. Private suites reside in the small memory care neighborhood. Feel at ease knowing your loved one has access to emergency response systems to insure their safety. Seniors in memory care receive round-the-clock care by specifically trained caregivers. Quarterly health assessments are taken of...

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Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted Living
Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care
Memory Care
Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living
Independent Living
Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.

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Amenities at Birch Bay Retirement Village

Health Care Services

Memory Care
Diabetic Care
Incontinence Care
Staffing & Ancillary Services
High Acuity Care
Medication Management

Meals & Dining

Meals Provided
Guest Meals
International Cuisine
Professional Chef

Room Amenities

Wheelchair Accessible Showers
Bath Tubs
Respite or Short Term Stays Offered
Wi-Fi/high-speed internet
Full kitchen
Kitchenette

Facility Amenities

Dining

Café or Bistro

Transportation & parking

Resident Parking Available
Complimentary Transportation
Transportation at Cost
Property Convenient to Public Transit

Pets

Weight limit 41-50lbs
Dogs Allowed
Cats Allowed

Common areas

Outdoor Common Areas
Indoor Common Areas
Barber Shop
Beauty Salon

Recreational areas

Fitness Center
Piano or Organ
Raised Garden Beds

Services

Housekeeping
Beautician

Memory care

Wander Guard or Similar System Available
Secured Community
Enclosed Courtyard
Outdoor Walking Paths

Languages spoken

English

Activities

Devotional Activities On-Site
Devotional Activities Offsite
Educational Speakers / Life Long Learning
Day Trips and Outings

Reviews

for Birch Bay Retirement Village
4.3(19 reviews)
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Cleanliness

4.4

Friendliness

4.4

Meals & Dining

4.5

Care Services

4.4

Activities

4.4

Staff

5.0

Value for Cost

4.4

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4.5
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
September 28, 2022
Verified Review
Kind care at Birch Bay Village

We chose Birch Bay primarily because of the convenient location to me. I am able to visit daily if I want to and that is a huge plus. Also their approach to care is great - they have music therapy which I think is really helpful to folks with dementia. It is a low pressure place, they don't drag residents out of their rooms to do things if they do not want to do them. It does have that hospital like feel to it and that is the one downfall for us. It is expensive, but the quality care provided is priceless. I would definitely recommend this facility to others.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Meals & Dining

4.5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Staff

5

Value for Cost

4.5


3.0
Anonymous - Resident/client
Assisted Living
December 20, 2021

Poorly designed apartments, beautiful landscaping, good food, minimal planned activities, services are nickled and dimed staff is friendly, hard to get to know other inhabitants

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

December 22, 2021

Hello, and thank you for your review of the Birch Bay community. If I can assist you by looking at another apartment that would best meet your needs or introduce you to other community members who may have your shared interests, please let me know. Birch Bay is a small community but this also gives us the ability to help meet each of our resident's needs. Please let us know how we can assist you. Thank you, Susanne Hopkins


3.5
anonymous - Resident/client
Memory Care
October 29, 2020
Verified Review
Review of Birch Bay Retirement Village

Gorgeous setting. Quality of food varies with chef. Chefs seem to last about two or three years. There are design problems in most apartments that cause unreachable shelves as well as storage problems. More activities are needed but space for them is severely limited. The staff is wonderful. The alter system for help is very good. Administration of rules and regulations to contain COVID-19 has been tough to live with but has been very effective.

Cleanliness

3.5

Friendliness

3.5

Care Services

3.5

Activities

3.5

Value for Cost

3.5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

May 12, 2021

Thank you for your review of our community. The vigilance of our staff, residents and families has been what has kept Birch Bay Residents COVID-free and Birch Bay without any outbreaks during the pandemic; we are all very grateful. We look forward to hosting new events this summer in our main dining room, patio, library, fitness room and country kitchen. We thank you for being a member of our community.


4.0
anonymous - Resident/client
Memory Care
October 28, 2020
Verified Review
Review of Birch Bay Retirement Village

Clean, calmly decorated halls, friendly staff. Medical staff kind of intrusive maybe due to the pandemic. Amazing views from walking path around the apartment. Meals ok. Hilltop location assured quiet surroundings.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

4

Care Services

4

Activities

4

Value for Cost

4

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

May 12, 2021

Thank you for your review. The vigilance of our staff, residents and families has been what has kept Birch Bay Residents COVID-free and Birch Bay without any outbreaks during the pandemic; we are all very grateful. We are glad that you enjoy our campus and we are so grateful you chose Birch Bay as your home.


5.0
BRIAN D ROGERS - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
October 16, 2020
Well-fed, well taken care of

My mother has been a resident at Birch Bay for five years. She was in an independent living apartment for the first three, and is now in Pleasant Cove, the assisted living unit. She has always been happy with the location, the view, the staffing and the services at Birch Bay. She loves the Bar Harbor area, and enjoys the views of the bays and islands out her windows. Every time any of us call, she assures us she is "well-fed, well taken care of." She appreciates the attentiveness of the staff, the music and craft activities, and the clean, warm and cozy environment. We have been especially impressed with the Birch Bay response to COVID-19. Their attention to detail has been top-notch, communication to family and visitors superb, and precautions well thought out. My uncle and aunt had been living at a different (more expensive) facility, and after visiting my mother several times have now joined her at Birch Bay. We all recommend it highly!

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 20, 2020

Thank you for your kind words, Brian. We are honored to be able to care for your mother, uncle and aunt.


5.0
anonymous - Resident/client
Memory Care
October 1, 2019
Verified Review
Review of Birch Bay Retirement Village

Excellent facilities and staff. Not cheap but worth it!

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

November 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our community. We are pleased that you enjoy the facilities and our wonderful staff.


5.0
anonymous - Resident/client
Memory Care
October 1, 2019
Verified Review
Review of Birch Bay Retirement Village

Beautiful location next to Acadia National Park. Lovely cottages, some with a bay view. Competent maintenance staff.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

November 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review of our community. We are pleased that you enjoy the location and our staff!


4.0
Penny Wolfe - Resident/client
Memory Care
October 1, 2019
Verified Review
Review of Birch Bay Retirement Village

It's a great place!

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

4

Care Services

4

Activities

4

Value for Cost

4

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

November 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review our community. We are pleased that you enjoy it here!


5.0
younger resident - Resident/client
Memory Care
September 30, 2018
Verified Review
Right Next to a Beautiful National Park

Birch Bay Retirement Village borders Acadia National Park. This means there are myriad opportunities for hiking, bicycling, kayaking, snowshoeing, and just plain walks in the park. For less athletic residents, proximity to Acadia means opportunities for scenic drives, boat rides, and horse-drawn carriage rides to enjoy the spectacular scenery. There are also many dining possibilities and cultural experiences available in the town of Bar Harbor. Birch Bay's excellent maintenance crew takes care of gardening, snow removal, routine maintenance, and any special repairs, so that residents can spend more time doing the things they want to do.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 1, 2018

Thank you for providing this wonderful review of Birch Bay Retirement Village! We appreciate your time and thoughtful illustration of life in our community.


5.0
Mary Fried - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
October 17, 2016
Verified Review

Birch Bay is well-designed,clean,neat and tidy.The staff is pleasant and efficient.It is situated in a very attractive part of maine-woods,water and rolling hills on every hand.Menus are appealing,activities are varied and were planned.I'm well settled here.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 18, 2016

Thank you, Mary, for your review! We are so happy that you have made Birch Bay your home!


4.0
aadole - Resident/client
Memory Care
October 14, 2016
Verified Review

Upon retirement 25 years ago,we made our home in Trenton,Maine .Four year ago,we moved to Birch Bay for health reasons.the atmosphere is friendly, empathic and caring.the food is delicious and compares favorably with many of the popular local restaurants.There are many activities to choose from.A van is provided for shopping trips,walks in the park and occasional meals at local restaurants.the local physicians, nurses and other health care professional are good.It is comforting to know that they are quickly available.the grounds are beautiful and well take care of by the maintenance crew.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

4

Care Services

4

Activities

4

Value for Cost

4

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 17, 2016

Thank you for choosing BIrch Bay as your home! We appreciate the time you took to write this review!


5.0
Rachel - Resident/client
Memory Care
October 14, 2016
Verified Review

I have here lived here 15months now & have enjoyed every single day of it.I am free of worries of.Taking here of a house & all responsibilities that come with it.This community is very friendly & caring of all the residents whether Independent living,Assistant living or memor care.The staff is always ready to assist & being in a smaller community-everybody knows me &(over- and are always ready to assist.i feel Like I am in a family of caring people staff & residents are always greeting with a friendly smaile & kind words.I have never had a moment of regret moving here.I enjoy the activities provided & the amenities available

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

October 17, 2016

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so happy that you have made your home here in our community!


5.0
anonymous - Industry reviewer
Memory Care
May 4, 2016
Best place to live in Maine

Birch Bay is a great place to live. The campus is beautiful and the people are genuinely interested in providing the very best care for each person who lives there.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

July 12, 2016

Thank you for your review. It is our pleasure to serve the residents and families who choose Birch Bay as their home.


4.5
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
May 4, 2016
Personal & loving care

My mother receives personal and loving care here...I am so thankful for this beautiful place??

Cleanliness

4.5

Friendliness

4.5

Care Services

4.5

Activities

4.5

Value for Cost

4.5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

July 12, 2016

Thank you for choosing Birch Bay Village as your mother's home. We are so proud of our staff who make Birch Bay a caring community.


3.5
Stephen Moulton - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
March 28, 2016
Nice but expensive.

A lovely place but prohibitively expensive. Intended for well planned or those who are well-off individuals. $390.00 per day for their Safe Harbor wing.

Cleanliness

3.5

Friendliness

3.5

Care Services

3.5

Activities

3.5

Value for Cost

3.5


4.5
Unhappy - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
December 4, 2015
Disappointed

Was great at first, but under staffed and a big turnover. Music is almost non existent now and for what they pay the food is unacceptable. Very disappointed at how it is going downhill.

Cleanliness

4.5

Friendliness

4.5

Care Services

4.5

Activities

4.5

Value for Cost

4.5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

November 6, 2019

We are sorry to hear about your disappointment. Please feel free to speak to our Executive Director if you would like to express your concerns.


2.5
Unhappy - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care
December 4, 2015
Dissapointed

Was a nice place at the beginning, but going downhill fast. Under staffed with a big turn over. Very little music entertainment and for what they pay the food is bad most of the time. It's too bad but starting to think we should be somewhere else

Cleanliness

2.5

Friendliness

2.5

Care Services

2.5

Activities

2.5

Value for Cost

2.5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

July 12, 2016

We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed with the services at Birch Bay Village. We would like to address any concerns you may have so we can better serve you. Please feel free to contact our Director by calling [removed] ext. 201.


5.0
anonymous - Industry reviewer
Memory Care
June 26, 2015
A+!

Beautiful facility; brand new in 2003 and very well kept. The grounds feature beautiful gardens and a 1/4 mile walking path. The food is delicious and prepared by a talented chef. Music Therapy is offered to Residential Care residents. The staff are personable and professional.

Cleanliness

5

Friendliness

5

Care Services

5

Activities

5

Value for Cost

5

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

June 29, 2015

Thank you for your review! We are so happy you chose our community!


4.0
A Place For Mom Customer - Toured community
Memory Care
December 20, 2012
Verified Review
what can i say, the ride is 1.5hrs. ...

what can i say, the ride is 1.5hrs. not a bad ride roads are good. the place and staff appear to be excellent. on a cloudy damp chilly day it seemed warm bright cheery inside like a resort.

Cleanliness

4

Friendliness

4

Care Services

4

Activities

4

Value for Cost

4

Response from Birch Bay Retirement Village

June 29, 2015

Thank you for visiting us! We are happy you chose our community!


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