Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living

86 Holiday Drive, Portland, ME 04103

About the community Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living

Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living located in beautiful Portland, Maine, combines the care seniors need, the convenience they value, and the independence they cherish.

Birchwoods at Canco is beautifully designed with spacious common areas to enjoy with family and friends. Our gracious dining room features three delicious, chef-prepared meals daily, served by a cheerful and friendly staff. Caring on site staff are available day and night and a safety call system is in every suite. Additional amenities include maintenance and housekeeping services, scheduled transportation to and from appointments and shopping, and weekly linen service.

At Birchwoods, we promote an active adult lifestyle by offering a variety of intellectual, cultural, and recreational activities including an exciting wellness and fitness program, creative writing classes, gardening and book clubs, table games, and planned outings to go shopping, visit museums and galleries, or take in concerts and theatre performances. We often have live entertainers visit at Birchwoods for everyone to enjoy, and weekly movies are shown on our wide-screen TV with refreshments included.

Health and personal care services at Birchwoods at Canco are coordinated by our full-time Registered Nurse.

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Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted living

Pricing for Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living

Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.

Base fees by room type

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1 Bedroom
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*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.

Amenities at Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Memory care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site
Physical therapist

Meals & Dining

Meals provided

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Bath tubs
Respite or short term stays offered

Community Amenities

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas




Cats allowed
Dogs allowed


Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Activities on-site
Activities off-site

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June 5, 2021
Anonymous - Toured community

Met with [name removed]. Easy to find. Outside, plenty of parking, grounds well maintained. undergoing renovations. [name removed] very energetic and helpful in answering concerns with my loved one. Weekly housekeeping, & linen service social and recreational activities, Pharmacy i house for medication management. Walking path for organized walking club; 90 day trial period for loved one. Facility is far back from road, which is an industrial park, for CMP et al, so very little traffic. this facility a possibility

May 5, 2021
RT - Child of resident/client
Verified Review
They made a very hard life change easier for my mom.

I was very happy with Birchwoods. The staff was wonderful to my loved one. They knew her, and they interacted with her. They were very positive, and she enjoyed her interactions with them. They were just wonderful. Communication was very good. I'd call to check in on what was going on, and they kept me informed as to what was happening. The common areas were clean, and I always saw people going though cleaning. They were always in my loved one's apartment cleaning every day. She wasn't thrilled with the food, but she was used to cooking for herself for so long. But all the food I saw looked good. There were limited activities due to Covid, but I saw that they did what they could when they were able to . The activities directors were very pleasant, and they got to know the residents, even if they couldn't offer all the activities they wanted to do. And the little bit my loved one was able to participate in, she enjoyed.

April 9, 2021
Anonymous - Toured community

[name removed] was very friendly and gave us a tour of the facility, while answering all our questions. We ended up choosing elsewhere.

September 25, 2020
Matt Flaherty - Loved one of resident/client
Very nice community, a lot of flexibility in services needed.

Our first impression of Birchwoods was that it was excellent. For us it was a very good value, but for those who loved ones were more independent it would be more higher priced, but for us it was perfect. The CNA's at this community were great, we also brought in outside services to help out like a physical therapist. The rooms at this community are very functional, they did offered a variety of room sizes to choose from depending on what you needed.The food was good, no excellent but overall good.

August 28, 2020
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Positive review

We chose Brichwoods at Canco Assisted Living because of the location, the warmth of the staff, and we were able to get her on the first floor which was huge. It also had decent reviews. The room sizes are average. The food is being delivered right now and is not the same as it was pre-covid. Our favorite part about this community is that the staff members really care about the residents that live there. I would recommend.

July 8, 2020
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Birchwoods At Canco Assisted Living

The community overall is ok. There are some things we think they could do better especially with staffing. It seems like at times they are understaffed and that seems to create a lot of turnover. The community itself is clean, however I do think they could do better with my mother's apartment. The staff is pretty friendly and the care is pretty good.

October 24, 2019
Anonymous - Toured community

The place is clean and odor free. The amenities are reasonable to above average.

August 18, 2019
Anonymous - Toured community

seems to be a good facility. I looked at the cottages and they were great.

August 7, 2018
Susan - Toured community
Family member

My family and I toured several places around the Portland area. Birchwoods was the most friendliest, informative and accomadating. My Mother is moving in this Month. We all feel so releaved and happy.Thank you

June 9, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

I had a tour recently was very impressed. Had a good feeling the whole time I was there. Everyone seemed very happy. It was so informative. Just started looking to find the right place for my Mother and I found it.

June 8, 2018
visitor, friend of resident

I think Birchwoods is a great place homey and comfortable atmosphere. The employees have always been friendly and helpful. It's a shame that a disgruntle employee gives family members false information and negativity.

June 2, 2018
L - Loved one of resident/client
Not Happy

Visited Maine so we could see a loved one living at Birchwood Of Canco. Glad we visited because boy has that place gone down hill the past few years. Try calling and asking for a manager and find that no one is there during the day. Want to speak to a nurse, good luck. Where is the staff? Rang our loved ones bell because they needed help. Waited in their room for far too long until someone showed up out of breath and frustrated. Got chatting and flat out asked her what kind of training they receive and she responded with an honest laugh telling us they receive no training at all and they simply follow another untrained person around for a few days then they are on their own. Stayed for a meal and was less than impressed. We sat with the daughter of another tenant and her dad who told us the staff is constantly changing and that her dads care doesn’t seem like a priority. We both felt the money being spent didn’t match the care being given by a long shot. Ironic that we said that before the food was served, because that’s yet another thing that was atrocious. The person who previously came to the room was now the one serving our food and she seemed to have received just as little training on waiting a table. Fresh baked bread was the only good part. We met the housekeeper and she was really the only person with a smile on her face who greeted us happily. The room was clean, so that was good. Wish we had asked her name. There’s an obvious problem in this building and I sure hope it gets fixed, in the meantime we’ll be making our recommendations to have our loved one moved elsewhere.

May 13, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client

Did NOT appreciate visiting my Mom today to find her in her own feces (sheets and carpet by her bed), really?????!!!!!!!!!

April 16, 2016
Diane - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
The first month

As is often the case, my mom didn't want to move to assisted living. Now, after she's been at Birchwood at Canco a month, she is settled and saying such positive things about her apartment. She says she's not going to miss a single Saturday scenic drive in the shuttle bus. She has a big sunny window looking out at the circular drive to the front door and loves watching the staff, visitors and delivery men come and go. The food is always good and she fears she has gained a pound. I stayed with her on a cot the first few days - the staff made sure I felt welcome. Everyone knows my mom by name and greets her with a smile. And I feel relieved, knowing that she is safe.

March 8, 2016
Standing up for the elderly - Loved one of resident/client
The rent is paid, but do you care about their well-being!

2016 management staff does NOT care about residents well-being. Refrigerators in apartments should be on the cleaning list, especially with residents with memory issues! They should ensure residents are actually being taken care of: hair, toe nails clipped, sundries being provided (toothpaste, toothbrush, face cream, incontinent needs being met!) You know basic necessities of life for the elderly. Just because the rent is being paid, does not mean loved ones with control over finances are providing this care for their mother or father.

December 8, 2015
Anonymous - Toured community

They have a caring staff. The facility is light, bright and and very friendly!

May 7, 2015
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Very nice place!

We toured (and selected!) this community while looking into care options for a loved one. Our loved one has not moved in yet, but we've been very impressed by Birchwood at Canco already! The tour was very thorough and informative, and the staff have all been a big help throughout the whole process!

April 9, 2015
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
I think they should have more cottages

I think they should have more cottages , they only had a few.

November 24, 2014
Anonymous - Resident/client
Verified Review
They are excellent. I really like it there.

They are excellent. Cindy Butts, is in charge and she is terrific, I can talk to her and she always cares. It's nice and clean, and dining room is lovely. The food is good, they offer different classes and activities, but I haven't done any yet. The other residents are pretty friendly, cordial and polite. I really like it there.

November 21, 2014
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
very kind and helpful

Birchwood at Canco does seem to be rather short staffed. The ratio of staff to residents is not what it should be. The food there is also not that great, and mom has complained about that a couple of times. They have, however, been very kind and very helpful with my mother. Overall it has been a very good experience. Just the food and the amount of staff are the only areas I can see where they could improve. They really went out of their way helping us get settled. They have been very attentive to moms needs. They really do the best the can with the staff they have.

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Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living has received an average review rating of 3.9 based on 27 reviews. See all reviews.

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