Dirigo Pines

9 Alumni Dr, Orono, ME 04473

About the community Dirigo Pines

Stately, American Colonial architecture and cozy, quaint spaces welcome you home, here at Dirigo Pines — a community in Orono, Maine offering cottage homes, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and specialized care and services. Everyone has their own unique lifestyle, and that is one of the things that makes Dirigo Pines so special. With a large variety of living options and our robust life enrichment programs, residents here have the opportunity to meet new people, form connections, and continue doing the things they love most.

Located just a couple miles west of the Penobscot River, Dirigo Pines is near several public parks, conservation areas, and forests, giving our most active residents the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.

Community Amenities and Services

At Dirigo Pines, we understand no two people require the same level of care, which is why we offer a wide variety of services throughout the community. All our residents will enjoy the peace of mind and freedom of no longer managing a household. There’s no need to stress about mowing the lawn, cleaning the kitchen, or fixing a leaky faucet. Our friendly associates are on site to help make your life easier with housekeeping, maintenance, laundry, and even...

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Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted living
Memory care
Independent living

Pricing for Dirigo Pines

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

Base fees by room type

Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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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 Dirigo Pines

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Memory care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site
Doctor
Nurse
Podiatrist

Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Anytime dining
Guest meals
International cuisine

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Bath tubs
Respite or short term stays offered
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Full kitchen
Kitchenette

Community Amenities

Memory care services

Secured community
Enclosed courtyard

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Transportation at cost
Property convenient to public transit

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Indoor atrium
Barber shop

Services

Beautician
Grocery shopping and errands
Housekeeping
Laundry service / drycleaning

Pets

Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Primary language spoken by staff

English

Recreational areas

Arts and crafts center
Billiards lounge
Fitness center
Game room

On-site dining options

Café or bistro
Private dining room

Activities

Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Visiting chaplain or priest
Visiting rabbi

Reviews for Dirigo Pines

2.7

(15 reviews)

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Cleanliness

2.8

Care services

2.7

Staff

5.0

Meals & dining

5.0

Activities

2.7

Value for cost

2.5

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5.0
April 20, 2021
Mary Margaret - Resident/client
This is a wonderful place to live.

I have lived here for over 4 years. We recently had a large turnover in management which was needed, and all the staff, both remaining long timers and new, are professional, caring, devoted to quality service, and reflect that in their daily interaction with the residents both in the Inn and in the adjacent cottages. The front office is cheerful, competent, and extremely forthcoming. The food is excellent, and varied, and available throughout the day. The campus is gorgeous, the cottages are full size homes. In particular, the campus is within walking distance of the town of Orono, the University of Maine campus a few minutes drive, and the bustling city of Bangor, with its international airport, 3 miles away via highway. There's also a full course golf club within walking distance. This place has it all! I anticipate living here till the end of my life, and are comforted with the knowledge that there are assisted living and memory care facilities should I find myself in need of them.

Response from Dirigo Pines

April 23, 2021

Hello! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experience about Dirigo Pines. We are grateful that you enjoy and feel the warmth and friendship that permeates our community. We strive to create an exceptional senior living experience that includes making connections, providing the utmost care and support, and creating a sense of true community and friendship. We are honored to serve each resident that calls Dirigo Pines home! Sincerely, The Dirigo Pines Team


4.0
March 24, 2021
Teri - Child of resident/client
Good Place For Someone With a Terrible Disease

It's very difficult to get a callback whether you're talking with billing or the nurses in the actual unit. Overall my loved seems pretty well adjusted, and seems to like it there. For that, I rate them highly. When I look at my loved one, his clothes look a little dirty and he looks a little unkempt. They did ask me to send him another razor (he came in with a $100 razor that was misplaced). We've brought in numerous grooming materials and the staff doesn't seem to know where they are (although honestly, with dementia, that could be my loved one putting them somewhere, it's hard to tell). It's so hard with Covid going on. But hopefully things will get better. As far as communicating what's going on with my loved one or with billing, that's been difficult.

Response from Dirigo Pines

April 1, 2021

Hello! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experience about Dirigo Pines. We are so happy when residents and families find comfort and kindness in our community. The support and recognition of our associates is truly appreciated. We strive to provide an exceptional senior living experience and continually work to ensure that residents and their families truly feel at home with us. Sincerely, The Dirigo Pines Team


4.5
October 2, 2020
K.J.
Kind and helpful

My Aunt is at Dirigo pines. She is in assisted living. She is so happy there. She adores the staff. I live in Massachusetts and do not get to see her very much but when i do i am thankful she is at Dirigo. The staff is kind and helpful. I have even been able to skype with her.


5.0
October 2, 2020
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Dirigo Pines is a great place for care

Dirigo Pines gives my family peace of mind knowing that our loved one is getting the care they deserve! Thank you!


0.5
September 21, 2020
Concerned Daughter - Loved one of resident/client
Concerned Daughter

This facility will sell you a bunch of goods, but they won't deliver. It use to be a wonderful facility 3 years ago before Grace Management took over and began cutting staff, reducing nurses, and replacing them with less qualified folks who essentially can give medication. Family members complain, but it goes nowhere.


0.5
April 28, 2020
Dad's guardian-daughter - Loved one of resident/client
My poor Dad

My Dad has lived here since fall of 2015. The previous director was a nurse who truly was a caretaker, and that trickled on down to all of her staff. It felt like a loving environment and each and every staff member treated family with respect and showed personal interest in residents' lives. They used to stop in, just to see how my introvert Dad was doing. Random acts of kindness, very dedicated people who worked hard to maintain a high standard. Dirigo Pines is not what it was before Grace Management took over. There has been a near-total turnover in staff, as far as I can see. And my Dad is in a memory unit where consistency really matters. I cannot tell you how many times we have asked for a schedule to be maintained simply to cut my father's fingernails and toenails. They can't manage it, despite family repeatedly asking for it to be set to a calendar reminder somehow. In these COVID-19 days, I've called his "neighborhood" and left messages on their voicemail and my calls aren't returned. His doctor reached out two days in a row to their Coordinator line to set up a Zoom appointment for my Dad. I likewise emailed the nursing staff ahead of this appointment, due diligence as it was a new thing to have a remote appointment for Dad and he doesn't do well with surprises. No one responded until it was too late and the response was I didn't get a reply because of "staff cutbacks" and "we don't have any appointments scheduled for today." If family and doctors can't reach a human when they need to, in a timely fashion, who is looking out for our vulnerable family members?


0.5
April 28, 2020
My Poor Dad - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Beware, management is awful

My Dad has lived here since fall of 2015. The previous director was a nurse who truly was a caretaker, and that trickled on down to all of her staff. It felt like a loving environment and each and every staff member treated family with respect and showed personal interest in residents' lives. They used to stop in, just to see how my introvert Dad was doing. Random acts of kindness, very dedicated people who worked hard to maintain a high standard. Dirigo Pines is not what it was before Grace Management took over. There has been a near-total turnover in staff, as far as I can see. And my Dad is in a memory unit where consistency really matters. I cannot tell you how many times we have asked for a schedule to be maintained simply to cut my father's fingernails and toenails. They can't manage it, despite family repeatedly asking for it to be set to a calendar reminder somehow. In these COVID-19 days, I've called his "neighborhood" and left messages on their voicemail and my calls aren't returned. His doctor reached out two days in a row to their Coordinator line to set up a Zoom appointment for my Dad. I likewise emailed the nursing staff ahead of this appointment, due diligence as it was a new thing to have a remote appointment for Dad and he doesn't do well with surprises. No one responded until it was too late and the response was I didn't get a reply because of "staff cutbacks" and "we don't have any appointments scheduled for today." If family and doctors can't reach a human when they need to, in a timely fashion, who is looking out for our vulnerable family members?


0.5
October 4, 2019
Stacey sipe - Loved one of resident/client
Rip off

Very shady not worth the money at all...


4.0
August 31, 2019
Anonymous - Toured community

$2400 per month marked down from $2805. Community fee dropped from $2500 to $1500. 2nd floor apartment with elevator close by. Beautiful,well kept grounds and friendly staff.


0.5
February 10, 2019
Disappointed - Loved one of resident/client
Caveat emptor!!

While the facilities are generally clean and adequate, the management is dishonest and less than helpful. When my mother moved there, certain commitments were made; commitments that have no negative side for the management of the facility. All that notwithstanding, after they had received the money (of course), these commitments were no longer available. It's like dealing with snake oil salesman! My mom has since tried to sell, but is getting lack luster support, at best, from management. It is a shame that such organizations are allowed to take advantage of the elderly in their twilight years.


1.0
January 24, 2019
Davlin - Resident/client
Let the Buyer Beware

Anyone considering purchasing a cottage at Dirigo Pines should know that you must pay cash and, while the investment is substantial, you will not be allowed to tap into it. You cannot use this asset to raise capital. We were told otherwise and are currently being held hostage with no recourse other than to sell our home which is proving to be extremely difficult.


1.0
January 11, 2019
Anonymous - Toured community
Dirigo Pines

Let the buyer beware. Administration here is very misleading. We were told financing a unit was common practice and they provided us with contact information for a loan officer who immediately approved our application. However, after we paid cash for the cottage, the Board Chairman refused to sign off on the loan (a requirement we were never advised of). People should know that although they have a large investment, they will be unable to tap into it.


5.0
January 30, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Marketing Director [Removed] showed me all residential options at the community. She answered all my questions. I was impressed by the staff, the public areas, the grounds (even though snow-covered, the gardens are beautiful), the flexible dining options, and the array of activities that residents can access.


4.0
March 6, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
A Nice Try

We thought my mom was ready for a community lifestyle but she felt it was not for her. I would recommend them for their services. The community is beautifully maintained and the food is good. The people working there were wonderful, accommodating, and understanding.


4.0
August 21, 2013
Sally - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Memory Care

My mother was there for about a year and a half. An RN was always sitting at the nurses' station and the room all went off that area so they had a good bird's eye view of things. The problem with that place was that my mother wasn't quite at the point with her dementia that the other patients were. I think she felt out of place and for it hard, socially, to relate to some of the people so she stayed in her room and isolated herself. She didn't have her own bathroom and that was not to her liking. With all the ice and snow I though it would be good to find something closer to me.


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