Don & Beth Straus Center, an Adult Day Program

Now taking applications for new members. The adult day program is open Mondays & Thursdays as of February 22, 2024.

Opening Monday-Friday beginning May 1, 2024.


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.


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.


My Mom responds amazingly to the social connections and activities she engages in at Strauss Center. She is much more laughing more and engaged with me after having spent a day there. The first day I took her there, over a year ago I watched as she was able to sing most of the lyrics of her favorite songs with a huge smile on her face. Seeing her come alive like this meant so much to me. As by then, she had not been able to recognize her own grandsons. I am certain that without the benefits of Strauss Center her dementia would have progressed much more rapidly. Thank you so very much for all that you do for her. 

I drop my mother off at the Straus Center every Monday and Thursday morning. Since attending, she has been happier overall and more social. She loves the staff, and the program offers a variety of activities, including games and music, as well as socialization opportunities with her peers. At the end of the day, Birch Bay sends a bus to take my mother home, and they bring her right up to her doorstep. Overall, the best thing about the Straus Center is that I am assured that my mother is well taken care of and enjoying each day to the fullest through the day care program.


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