Safe Harbor, at Birch Bay Retirement Village, is Down East Maine’s only dedicated memory care program providing a secure home for those who have memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Memory Care at Safe Harbor combines the latest in evidence based practices in Alzheimer’s & dementia care, along with compassionate support in a beautiful, home-like environment on the Maine coast.

Birch Bay Village is committed to providing the best memory care available.


Aging in Place

When choosing the best memory care community, many families look for Alzheimer’s and dementia care that will support their loved one until end of life.

Residents may choose to age in place at Birch Bay Village throughout the many stages of dementia. Birch Bay can provide minimal, moderate, extensive or even total support with care needs through the challenges of the Alzheimer’s and dementia disease process.

Caring & Dedicated Staff

Birch Bay’s staff is trained in Alzheimer’s & dementia care using the GEMS™ and Positive Approach to Caregiving™ techniques.**

Residents receive around-the-clock support from our care team which includes a registered nurse, a residential care coordinator, well-trained support specialists, a full-time activities assistant, and board-certified music therapist.

All staff- including housekeeping, maintenance and dietary- go through dementia training to learn the best ways to relate to those living with memory impairment. This training through Birch Bay’s Learning Institute includes how to connect, redirect and support our residents.

Inside Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor is small neighborhood of sixteen residents; each resident has their own private suite with a private bath, and many rooms offer scenic views of Frenchman Bay.

In a home-like environment, Safe Harbor resident dine family style on healthy and hearty meals.

Safe Harbor’s Memory Garden is a secure outdoor living space our residents can enjoy. Residents can enjoy the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, tend to the herbs and vegetables, and feel the breeze of the nearby bay.

New in 2018, Birch Bay offers a newly designed spa room featuring a large shower and a therapeutic spa tub for residents to use.

Life Enrichment

To promote a more full and purposeful living experience for our memory care residents, our Life Enrichment Specialist learns about the life experiences, personal preferences, and individual abilities that make each of our residents unique. We create a plan utilizing this information that reinforces and promotes each resident’s capabilities and allows each resident to find purpose and meaning in their life.

The Life Enrichment Program at Birch Bay Retirement Village adds to our resident’s quality of life and provides opportunities for residents to do meaningful activities that they enjoy, such as baking, gardening, hiking, music, woodworking, movement and exercise, arts and crafts, and so much more. The program also provides individual opportunities for those unable to take part in group activities.

Safe Harbor Life Enrichment

Music Therapy

Certified Music Therapist

Our Board Certified Music Therapist, Melissa Violette

Our Board Certified Music Therapist uses her demonstrated knowledge and skills to provide residents with individual and group therapy. The benefits of Music Therapy are known to make an impact on resident’s levels of agitation, improve communication capabilities, reduce pain, improve sleep patterns, reduce sundowning, and assist in resident’s ability to communicate.

Services include:

  • Three nutritious and appetizing meals served family style
  • Quarterly health assessments
  • Life Enrichment Program
  • Music therapy
  • Hair salon (additional fee)
  • Quarterly health assessments
  • Ongoing observation of physical functioning and general behavior
  • Personal care assistance
  • Weekly housekeeping & laundry
  • Heat, electrical service, water, and sewer
  • Emergency response system
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Social and cultural activities and programs
  • Long-term care insurance eligible
  • Long and short-term accommodations
Additional care services will be provided as appropriate.

The Safe Harbor Memory Care Program at Birch Bay Village, provides my mother the care and support she needs living with Alzheimer’s. The small size of Safe Harbor, and the dedicated, loving and caring commitment by staff were key features when choosing Birch Bay. The Life Enrichment Program allows her to enjoy the things she loves- baking, gardening and more! Her regular routine includes Music Therapy which really enchances her quality of life. Thanks to Birch Bay Village, I have been able to enjoy time with my mom without the moment to moment responsibility for her care.

A Resident's Family


** GEMS™ classification and POSITIVE APPROACH™ techniques, strategies, and overall approach to care were created and developed by Teepa Snow, Positive Approach, LLC. GEMS™ classification and POSITIVE APPROACH™ are trademarks of Positive Approach, LLC.

Safe Harbor Floor Plans

  • Apartment E
  • Apartment F

Studio, Private Bath
Assisted Living
230 Sq. Ft.*

*Dimensions and window locations may vary.

Studio, Private Bath
Assisted Living
230 Sq. Ft.*

*Dimensions and window locations may vary.

Learn more about Birch Bay Retirement Village

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