Questions about Dirigo Pines
What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?
Upon hire and then annual training updates are required.
Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at Dirigo Pines . What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?
Our medical residents generally needs minimal to maximum assistance with personal care tasks. Our average age is 88. They love activities to include music, exercise and art classes.
What programs or activities does Dirigo Pines offer to enrich residents' well-being?
We offer a variety of social, educational and cultural activities from exercise classes, art classes, musical performances, book club, educational lectures and presentations, and senior college classes.
What places are near Dirigo Pines or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?
We have two fully stocked trout ponds on our premises for residents who love to fish to use. We also have walking trails throughout of campus. We place benches and seating areas around the campus for people to use as they enjoy nature.
What transportation services does Dirigo Pines offer to assisted living residents?
We offer transportation for shopping, post office and banking trips, medical transportation on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as many scheduled social outings. We have an "Out to Lunch Bunch" outing weekly. We have taken trips to the coast to visit the Asticou Inn and to the Emera Maine Astronomy Center of the campus of the University of Maine which is three miles from Dirigo Pines. We also transport our residents to the Bangor Symphony Orchestra performances, Penobscot Theater performances, Collins Center for the Arts performances, UMaine Hockey games, and the UMaine womens' and mens' basketball games at the Cross Center in Bangor, Maine.
What makes the chef or dining program at Dirigo Pines exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?
We offer wide variety of chef prepared meals as well as alternative menu choices if someone wants something other than what is on the menu for that week. The chef and his team are happy to work with folks with dietary restrictions and needs.
What safety features or security measures does Dirigo Pines offer to assisted living residents?
We issue all assisted living residents an internal response pendant or wrist band so that they can call for assistance as needed. We have security cameras throughout our community. Our external doors go on automatic lock down in the summers at 8 PM and at 7 PM in fall through spring.
How does Dirigo Pines keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?
We keep POA paperwork on the medical records so that we know who we can talk with to update on their loved one's condition. We are required to have scheduled interdisciplinary team meetings on our assisted living residents and invite the POA and other family members to attend.
What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Dirigo Pines during daytime and nighttime hours?
1-12 on the day shift, 1-18 on the evening shift and 1-30 on the night shift.
If Dirigo Pines accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?
We are pet-friendly and require a $500 non-refundable pet deposit. We require that owners keep their dogs on a leash and cats and dog are not allowed to roam free inside or outside the building. We are on 68 acres of wooded lot with lots of walking trails and two ponds. We have stations throughout the campus with bags for picking up pet waste. We are required to have copies of their vaccination records from the Veterinarian.
What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?
New employees are required to have training on dementia care as well as other mandatory safety and compliance issues. We have to do this training annually.
Describe the overall population of independent living residents at Dirigo Pines . What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?
Our IL residents are quite active and maintain contacts outside of the community. Many still drive and are able to come and go independently. We have people from varied backgrounds from professionals to blue collar workers. The average age is 88.
What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?
They can enjoy all of the amenities on our campus that have been previously mentioned but they also spend time in Orono and Bangor for dining, sporting events, and the arts.
What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at Dirigo Pines has organized?
They have gone on scheduled outings to the Asticou Inn on the coast to visit their gardens and have lunch. They've been in the Bangor Holiday Parade. They've gone to the museum at Colby College and numerous events held at the Emera Maine Astronomy Center. They also have gone to organized events at the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine campus. They go out weekly to a different restaurant each time as part of the Out to Lunch Bunch.
What transportation services does Dirigo Pines offer to independent living residents?
We offer regular transportation for shopping, banking and postal services, medical appointments and many social outings.
What makes the chef or dining program at Dirigo Pines exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?
We offer all day dining for our independent residents which allows much flexibility in their daily schedule. They have a continental breakfast from 7-10:30 and all day dining runs from 11 am through 7 pm.
What common areas are available for independent living residents?
There are many living room areas as well as two social rooms, a pool and puzzle room, a library with lovely fireplace, as well as a media room and large gathering place for activities such as exercise class, musical performances and meetings. They also have a beautiful social area with fireplace in our lobby.
What safety features or security measures does Dirigo Pines offer to independent living residents?
As listed above, we have external doors that go on automatic lock down. We offer independent residents a live safe system included in their monthly rent. Staff is trained not to allow people in the building after lockdown if they do not know or can't verify them.
If Dirigo Pines accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?
The outside areas listed above are assessible to our residents who are walking pets. They must pick up their pet's waste and there are stations with bags for disposal of waste. They can walk down by both ponds and on the walking trails.
Does Dirigo Pines work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?
No. We do not provide nursing services to our independent residents but they can hire private pay caregivers to assist with personal care tasks or as companions or running errands. They also are eligible to receive home bound skilled services through any nursing agency.
How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?
During the day there are at least 3-4 nursing staff persons on the Arbor. We also have a designated Life enrichment person on duty there as well. During mealtime they have a person from dietary to help serve meals. Evening shift generally has 3-4 people with one life enrichment staffer. Overnight, we are required to have 1-2 people on duty. We must meet the staffing ratio of 1 staffer to 30 medical residents on the overnight shift for all three medical neighborhoods.
What safety features or security measures does Dirigo Pines provide to protect residents who wander?
We have a secure neighborhood where our residents with exit seeking behaviors are placed. There are security cameras there as well.
What programs or activities does Dirigo Pines offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?
We have an artist who teaches art class monthly. We do reminiscing with the use of our It's Never to Late technology. We offer the opportunity to bake in our spare kitchen with supervision. They also do a daily exercise class. We also have a bible study after dinner every Tuesday evening. A local pastor offers this class.
Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?
The primary doctor, medical director of our community or licensed nurses. These evaluations are repeated as determined by their doctor. Most have a mini mental state evaluation at least annually.
What techniques does Dirigo Pines use to support memory care residents during mealtimes?
Nursing staff members are there to cue residents to eat. We also have the dietary wait staff person who assists in passing the meals to the residents. Nursing staff assists anyone who needs their food cut for them or needs help with feeding. We also seat residents with other residents who are at the same cognitive level so that those who are socially engaging can have conversations with others who are also able to do so.
How does Dirigo Pines keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?
We work with the POA and communicate any necessary information to them regarding their health and cognitive status. We have the POA and other family members attend interdisciplinary team meetings.
Describe the neighborhood around Dirigo Pines . Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?
We are located on wooded lot with 68 acres. We are about one mile from downtown Orono. Our memory care neighborhood is located on our first floor and is a secure neighborhood. The environment is very large with a number of seating areas available for their use. We have a large living room with big screen television. We have an exercise area, a beautiful sun room, a large fenced in garden, an extra kitchen for cooking.
Is Dirigo Pines affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?
No we are not.