New Wing Of Apartments Opens At Dirigo Pines In Orono

ORONO, (WABI) - A new wing at Dirigo Pines in Orono is helping seniors transition from their home to one with a higher level of personal care.

Meadowbrook Commons features seven apartments for folks needing round-the-clock care.

Directors say the apartments are designed to make residents feel more at home.

Each apartment has a living space including a kitchenette separate from the bedroom and bathroom.

They say the homey-feel is important for those making the sometimes difficult switch from living at home to living in a full-time care community.

They say it's also proving to be an ideal living situation for couples.

"What I think is very special about us is we often have couples that come together and it does give that respite to the spouse who was the caregiver and yet, they can be together and they will do better if they can be together," says Susan Habeeb, Community Outreach Director at Dirigo Pines.

"I was taking care of my husband at home and I became, I have a problem with arthritis, and I got to the point where I couldn't take care of him at the quality that I wanted, so that's why I came here. And, thank God, because they do just about everything. And, that's been a big help to me from getting him up in the morning to putting him to bed at night," says Linda Beaulieu, a Dirigo Pines resident.

Amenities for residents at Dirigo Pines include a workout room.

The new wing also has a common living space for residents to enjoy.

There are still apartments available.