"I had the very pleasant pleasure of observing the Resident's Christmas party. I don't know who had the largest smiles, the staff people or the residents. It was really a well planned party."

- family member

Wellness Program

Welcome to our Wellness Program. Biddeford Estates offers more than just games. We strive to provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for our residents every day in group settings and individual activities. Our Wellness Program is built around six wellness components: Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Intellectual, Social, and Vocational. Each wellness component plays an important role in a person's overall wellbeing. Participation in wellness program activities is entirely optional - we will support you with your participation goals.


The physical component recognizes the need for regular physical activity, as well as encourages learning about diet and nutrition. Physical wellness benefits often lead to psychological benefits of enhanced self-esteem, self-control, determination and a sense of direction. We offer safe and tailored exercise programs for residents that are age and ability appropriate, which may include light stretching, tai chi, chair aerobics, strength training, and walking groups.


The spiritual component recognizes your search for meaning and purpose in life. We offer a variety of religious programming opportunities by partnering with local church groups and volunteers. We also have non-religious activities to promote inner peace and relaxation, which may include nature walks, mediation, and guided imagery.


The emotional component recognizes awareness and acceptance of your feelings. Emotional wellness allows you to manage your feelings and related behaviors including the realistic assessment of your limitations, development of autonomy, and ability to cope with stress. We work to form interdependent relationships with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment, trust, and respect. We provide opportunities for residents to build strong, lasting friendships with peers and staff alike, and encourage individuals to express themselves in positive and healthy ways through reminiscing, discussion, and art.


The intellectual component recognizes your need for creative, stimulating mental activities. Using intellectual and cultural programs combined with learning resources available within the community, residents can achieve intellectual growth and stimulation. We encourage residents to continue exploring, maintain problem solving skills, creativity, and the desire to learn as they age. We offer educational activities, brain fitness exercises, as well as library services to all residents. Intellectual programs can be adjusted to suit a variety of memory and cognitive ability levels.


The social component recognizes the interdependence between your environment and your community. We support residents who wish to take an active part in improving our world by seeking ways to enhance personal relationships and important friendships, and build a better living space and community. Many of our group programs offer residents the chance to interact in a casual setting with other residents, staff, family, volunteers, and members of the community, whether it is playing a card game, taking part in church services, visiting a local restaurant, or enjoying musical entertainment.


The vocational component recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in your life through work. Residents are encouraged to contribute their unique gifts, skills, and talents to purpose driven work that is personally meaningful and rewarding through volunteering, donation of created works, gardening projects, and other means of philanthropy. We currently have a number of resident driven sewing, knitting, and crocheting groups who donate items such as blankets, sock, and hats to local charities.

Please check out our Wellness Program Calendar for this month (link below), and if you would like to suggest new or different programs, all you have to do is ask us and we'll do our best to meet your request.

Wellness Program Calendar

You are always encouraged to bring new ideas via a Resident Council that is held monthly to provide you with the opportunity to voice ideas or suggestions.

Biddeford Estates is also very proud of its many seasonal traditions and annual holiday celebrations that include:

  • 4th of July Picnic
  • Family Fun Day
  • La Kermesse Franco-American Festival
  • Foliage "Leaf Peeping" rides
  • Apple picking
  • Christmas decoration rides


We are always seeking dedicated, compassionate volunteers for visiting, assisting with a wellness activity, one-on-one companionship, reading, playing games, calling Bingo, playing music, bringing in pets for pet therapy or just engaging as part of our Biddeford Estates family. Check out the Wellness Calendar link above to see our activity calendar and more ways you can participate.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Biddeford Estates, please contact the Wellness Coordinator, Kelly Dery at kdery@newcomms.org or 207.283.0111.