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Assisted Living in North Carolina

Overview of assisted living in North Carolina

In North Carolina, assisted living communities offer older adults a comfortable, hassle-free environment. As a Southern state famous for its diverse geography and culture, North Carolina offers plenty of charm and individuality. Its moderate cost of living and reasonable weather, in combination with stunning mountainous landscapes, historic coastal towns, and numerous state parks, make the state a remarkable place to call home.

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in North Carolina

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Cadence at Mooresville

198 E Waterlynn Rd, Mooresville, NC 28117
9.9
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26 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I always rate for room to improve. Cadence has taken excellent care of our relative and we are HIGHLY pleased with him being there! I recommend it with confidence! Like most: quality of care &...

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LaurelHurst and LaurelWoods

1064 West Mills St., Columbus, NC 28722
9.9
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51 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The facility seems immaculately clean each time I visit. Communication with the family is excellent. The move in process was easy and seamless. I have only eaten there once. Frankly, the food could have been...

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Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem

2601 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
9.9
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80 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Elaine - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

They only stayed for three months before my FIL passed away and my MIL could not be alone, but what they received while there was top notch. I would recommend it. The facility had a house dog and bird. They...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Charlotte

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Sunrise of Providence

5114 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
9.5
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67 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

the communication is very lacking, also they need to update furniture or at least clean it. My sister caught Covid since she has been there. Value of cost a little to high for what we are getting. At the...

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MerryWood on Park

3600 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
9.2
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63 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Amy - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Everything has been wonderful so far. No complaints.We are very happy with Merrywood, the staff and all we have experienced so far. Great choice! We picked this community because of the location and what...

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Brookdale Charlotte East

6053 Wilora Lake Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
9.1
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80 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Dot Lorenz - I'm a current/former resident or client

A is for the A-RATING I give Brookdale East P is for a PLACE to call home L is for the lovely LAWN and flowers A is for all the fun ACTIVITIES to share C is for the CARING, wonderful people E is for the...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Greensboro

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Harmony at Greensboro

3420 Whitehurst Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410
9.5
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39 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Chris - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I would say that my mother is very happy and has made alot of friends. My mother is a social person and this has worked out nicely.

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Brookdale Northwest Greensboro

5809 Old Oak Ridge Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
9.4
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41 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jimmy - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Since the death of my father mom had lived alone. In the past year it had become apparent that we had to do something. When we started looking for an assisted living facility, we saw that Brookdale Northwest...

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Morningview at Irving Park

3200 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27408
9.1
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39 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Chris - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Everyone has been great! Staff is very attentive to their patients. Food menus are specific to each individuals dietary needs and tasty too. The facility is extremely clean and very well maintained on a...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Winston Salem

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Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem

2601 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
9.9
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80 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Elaine - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

They only stayed for three months before my FIL passed away and my MIL could not be alone, but what they received while there was top notch. I would recommend it. The facility had a house dog and bird. They...

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Brookdale Reynolda Road

2980 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
9.0
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29 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I'd say that I chose Brookdale because it is a smaller facility where the staff know the names of the folks living there. I've learned that being smaller has its drawbacks when staffing is short. But...

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Forest Heights Senior Living

2500 Polo Ridge Ct, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
8.6
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63 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

These ratings are based on a combination of personal as well as my mom's viewpoint. There is new management and things have improved. We need to make sure to see consistency from this new management.

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Raleigh

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Sunrise of Raleigh

4801 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
9.4
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64 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Jackie - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff is very friendly and accommodating. ALWAYS visible doing their jobs. I've had the food on two occasions and I recognize that it is prepared for the residents and not the outsiders. I'm sure it's...

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Brighton Gardens of Raleigh

3101 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
9.4
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49 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mom has been treated extremely well and she has been happy since her first day. They make her feel safe and comfortable, and address any needs quickly. I can't say enough about the staff, they go above...

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Falls River Villages

1110 Falls River Ave, Raleigh, NC 27614
9.0
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32 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
VG - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I would highly recommend Falls River Villages. The care is excellent, the staff are loving and supportive. There are plenty of varied activities to keep patients interested and involved. The thing that...

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Cost of assisted living in North Carolina

The average cost of assisted living in North Carolina is about $5,000 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s internal data on our partner communities throughout the state. That’s about $100 less expensive than the national average.[01]

However, assisted living costs vary across communities in North Carolina. Monthly costs range between about $3,000 at the low end and $7,100 at the highest end for North Carolina assisted living communities. This is because facilities base their costs on factors such as the following:

  • How large or small apartment floor plans are
  • How luxurious amenities are
  • How high or low the cost of living is in the geographic location (e.g., assisted living communities tend to have higher monthly costs in areas with a higher cost of living, and vice versa)
  • How advanced on-site care levels are (e.g., a community offering only personal care is typically less expensive than a community offering specialized memory care)

The figures above are reflective of actual prices paid by families who were referred to an A Place for Mom partner assisted living community in North Carolina. They account for all fees paid, including amenities, services, and care. Seniors and their families often use a combination of public and private payment methods to cover these costs. Read more about various payment options below.

Compare costs of North Carolina vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

North Carolina

$4,306/mo

US National average

$4,589/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

North Carolina

$4,306/mo

Virginia

$5,173/mo

West Virginia

$4,467/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in North Carolina vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

North Carolina

$4,306/mo

Charlotte, NC

$4,769/mo

Raleigh, NC

$5,834/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in North Carolina

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in North Carolina

Whether you or your family can cover assisted living using personal savings, or you opt to utilize public pay options, there are a variety of methods to pay for assisted living in North Carolina. This section outlines the various payment options families often use to cover their assisted living or long-term care costs. You can also view our guide to paying for long-term care for a high-level overview.

Some families can pay for long-term care using personal savings. However, there are a number of other private pay options. Click on the cards below to learn more about some different options.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in North Carolina

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Ease of access to assisted living records in North Carolina

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and we compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to North Carolina assisted living records: Exceptional

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of North Carolina is exceptional. Key findings that informed this rating include:

  • North Carolina is in the top quartile for assisted living transparency.
  • North Carolina has a robust database and a star rating system for providers based on inspection scores from year to year.

How to look up North Carolina assisted living licenses and records

How we arrived at our North Carolina rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and we based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? Yes
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? Yes
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? Yes
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
  9. Is capacity shown? Yes
  10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? No
  11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? No
  12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes
  13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 24 months
  14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. United States Census Bureau. QuickFacts North Carolina.

  3. North Carolina Medicaid Division of Health Benefits (NCDHHS). Benefits and services.

  4. North Carolina Medicaid Division of Health Benefits (NCDHHS). Learn about NC Medicaid Managed Care.

  5. National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). (2022). Assisted living state regulatory review.

Top cities in North Carolina for assisted living

8.7
Raleigh, NC
22 facilities
8.2
Charlotte, NC
29 facilities
7.5
Asheville, NC
21 facilities
7.4
Durham, NC
15 facilities
7.3
Winston Salem, NC
21 facilities
7.3
Greensboro, NC
24 facilities

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