Monday, 12 February 2018 14:14

Dirigo Pines opens new wing of specialized care unit Featured

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ORONO - A local retirement community has opened a new wing offering specialized care with comfort and it is already making a difference in the lives of its new residents.

"I would have to have somebody there every minute because you never know how things are going to go," says Dirigo Pines resident, Linda Beaulieu. 

Beaulieu was doing everything to care for her ill husband.

"He's a good guy and you hate to see him go through this," she says. 

But with her own strength failing, even living at home with the help of a local company was becoming to much.

"It was still getting to the point where my health was failing a little, so i decided it was time to find some place for us to go," says Beaulieu.

That landed her in Dirigo Pines' new Meadowbrook specialized care wing.

"It's like an apartment, that's what it is," she says. 

She and her husband fill one of the seven units in the specialized care neighborhood.

Each one is complete with a kitchenette, living room, separate bedroom and private bathroom.

"We recognized that when folks are coming in for tours that it was really hard for them to envision transitioning from a large private home to a one studio apartment room," says Susan Habeeb, Director of Community Outreach for Dirigo Pines.

The new wing makes that transition easier and provides an alternative to nursing care by providing a personal residential care to people who have difficulty keeping up with their own needs. 

"They're right on top of things here," says Beaulieu. "They know what he's doing and where's he going."

Making it easier for singles or couples where one may need more care than the other.

Providing comfort and practical help like it has for Linda and her husband.

"I'm very much so, very thankful," she says.

Right now, three of the seven residential units are filled.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying to live in the Meadowbrook wing, more information can be found on

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