Don & Beth Straus Center, an Adult Day Program

The adult day program is re-opening the week of December 5, 2022 on Mondays and Thursdays. We are currently taking applications for new members.


The Don & Beth Straus Center,  an adult day program located at Birch Bay Retirement Village in Bar Harbor, provides socialization and support services for seniors and their family members in Hancock County. Members are encouraged to participate in a variety of programming based on individual needs and interests.

Morning and afternoon refreshments and a nourishing homestyle meal are served daily. Medication administration and personal support, as well as grooming and beauty services are available. Consulting medical staff assist with health monitoring. Program staff work with families to develop an individualized plan of care for each member.

Our highly trained staff includes a board-certified Music Therapy, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Residential Medication Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, Personal Support Specialists, and a consulting Registered Nurse.

Programming includes:

Family caregivers are encouraged to use their time to enjoy their favorite activity or to join one of our support groups to share the joys and challenges of caregiving.
  • Painting and artistic expression
  • Gardening
  • Mind joggers
  • Cooking and baking
  • Storytelling and legacy projects
  • Music therapy
  • Exercise, dancing, and creative movement
  • Volunteer entertainment

Transportation is Available to Qualified Members

We provide transportation to members who live on Mount Desert Island and can meet any off-island members at the head of the island at no additional cost. Some conditions apply to qualify for transportation.

Hours of Service:

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday

Part & Full Time Care is available.

Transportation for Birch Bay Adult Day Care Program

Funding is Available to Qualified Members

The Straus Center is grateful to connect our day program families with Eastern Area Agency on Aging who provide funding to eligible families through their Caregiver Respite Program. Visit EAAA’s website or call them at 1-800-432-7812 for more information.

Various funding options are available, making our program accessible and affordable for all.


Birch Bay Village sends a bus to pick up my dad, and drops him back off at home each day. My dad has become friendly with the bus driver and is ready and waiting each day for his trip to your facility. Since attending dad’s health and emotional well-being have improved tremendously. Dad is much more independent, is more talkative, loves the staff and is much happier. The programs offers many activities to include games and music which he loves. He also loves the food especially the fruit. The best thing of all about Birch Bay Village is that I am able to go to work each day and be assured that my dear dad is receiving wonderful care and lots of love through the day care program.

Day Program Member’s Daughter


Thanks to a generous endowment provided by Don & Beth Straus, The Don & Beth Straus Center opened in 2009.

Don & Beth Straus

Don & Beth Straus

Learn more about Birch Bay Retirement Village

For more information or to arrange a tour, call 207-288-8014 or complete our contact form