Assisted Living near Charlotte, NC

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As the second largest city in the southeastern United States and one of the fastest growing metropolitan communities in the country, the Queen City of Charlotte, NC is a popular place to retire and has a wide range of assisted living options for seniors.

If you have just begun the process of finding the right place where your loved one can receive the support they need while still maintaining as much independence as possible, you likely have many questions such as: How do I choose a community? What level of care does my loved one need? How much does assisted living cost? What are the facilities like?
A Place for Mom can help you answer these questions and our free service will provide you with full details of the 33 assisted living options in the Charlotte area, including cost, level of care, facility features and available amenities. For more information, facility reviews and answers to frequently asked questions, read on.

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Senior housing types near Charlotte, NC

  • The Social at Cotswold

    The Social at Cotswold

    3610 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Come To Live Here. Just when you thought life in the Carolinas couldn’t get any better, The Social at Cotswold has raised the bar. Great scenery is just the start. We’ve also instilled a new philosophy on senior living, as fresh as the morning breeze while rocking on our wrap-around porch. See, to...

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  • MerryWood on Park

    MerryWood on Park

    3600 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
    (40)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in the heart of Charlotte, Myers Park and Dilworth neighborhoods.

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  • Queen City Assisted Living

    Queen City Assisted Living

    1700 Montana Dr, Charlotte, NC 28216
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Queen City Assisted Living is a 120 bed assisted living community located along the historic Beatties Ford Corridor in West Charlotte. We are conveniently located close to Uptown Charlotte and minutes from 85, 77, and 277. We are close to Sunset Boulevard offering an array of dining options as well...

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  • Summit Place of Southpark

    Summit Place of Southpark

    2101 Runnymede Lane, Charlotte, NC 28209
    (21)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Summit Place of Southpark Assisted Living and Memory Care Community located in the Southpark area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The moment you walk in to Summit Place you become a part of our family. Relax in a cozy chair, shop the nearby stores or enjoy one of our many stimulating...

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  • Waltonwood  Cotswold

    Waltonwood Cotswold

    5215 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    We are so thrilled about your interest in our community. We are the most elegant, well-appointed, luxury senior living community in Charlotte. We are located on Randolph Rd, south of the Cotswold shopping center. Our well thought out community design offers an immaculate independent living presence...

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  • Brighton Gardens of Charlotte

    Brighton Gardens of Charlotte

    6000 Park South Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210
    (56)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our foundation is belief in the sacred value of human life. Our Mission: To champion the quality of life for all seniors! Sunrise Senior has been caring for seniors for 35 years, we are all over the US, in the UK & Canada. We believe that the community you choose should be a good fit for the entire...

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  • East Towne

    East Towne

    4815 N Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    East Towne is an Assisted Living Community conveniently located in Charlotte, NC. We hope to provide a happy, healthy lifestyle for every resident, tailored to each person's individual needs. Our staff members are friendly, well trained, and responsive. They will work with you to ensure your loved...

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  • Brookdale Charlotte East

    Brookdale Charlotte East

    6053 Wilora Lake Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Aging well can mean living well, especially with the resort-style amenities available at our community. Start your days strolling through expansive courtyards and along flower-lined walking paths, perhaps stop at the wellness center and then enjoy a stage play at the on-site theater. Or maybe you’d...

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  • Sunrise on Providence

    Sunrise on Providence

    5114 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
    (33)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Senior Retreat at Lansdowne

    Senior Retreat at Lansdowne

    7219 Folger Dr, Charlotte, NC 28270
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Senior Retreat at Lansdowne is a licensed Family Care Home located in the Lansdowne Neighborhood in South Charlotte 5 houses off of Providence Road. We accept Seniors Only considered 'Independent' or 'Full Assisted Living' with some slight to moderate Dementia. Our ranch home has approximately...

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  • Brookdale Carriage Club Providence

    Brookdale Carriage Club Providence

    5800 Old Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
    (59)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Care Today, Care Tomorrow If you’re ready to exchange the burden of things like cooking, cleaning and laundry for a community that offers exciting activities and events, custom care that meets your specific needs and amenities and services that resemble life at a destination resort rather than a...

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  • Senior Retreat at Park Crossing

    Senior Retreat at Park Crossing

    10408 Avondale Ave, Charlotte, NC 28210
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Senior Retreat at Park Crossing is a gorgeous 3,300 square foot ranch home in the Park Crossing Neighborhood near CMC Pineville in South Charlotte. The house has 6 Private Bedrooms and 4 Full Bathrooms. Our monthly rates cover the monthly rent/room, all utilities (including house phone/internet),...

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  • Charlotte Square

    Charlotte Square

    5820 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Bank on having the time of your life at Charlotte Square, where a full calendar of activities and social programs, in addition to apartments with thoughtful amenities and services, offers a rewarding, enriching lifestyle. Our community provides Assisted Living and Memory Care in Charlotte, North...

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  • Elmcroft of Little Avenue

    Elmcroft of Little Avenue

    7745 Little Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28226
    (34)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Elmcroft of Little Avenue is nestled in a small, quiet neighborhood community in south Charlotte, North Carolina is known for its home-like atmosphere. Nearby Pineville, a thriving town of 3,500 people, is well known for the charming antique shops that line Main Street. For those seeking the...

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  • Brookdale South Charlotte

    Brookdale South Charlotte

    5515 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
    (26)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Do More, Live More It’s time to build your best life, and we have just the place to do it. We are a beautiful care community for seniors, offering the best in assisted living and memory care services. We provide just the right amount of support, enabling each resident to pursue their passions,...

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  • Mint Hill Senior Living

    Mint Hill Senior Living

    10830 Lawyers Rd, Charlotte, NC 28227
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Whether for you or a loved one, Mint Hill Senior Living offers a caring atmosphere, an active community, and a comfortable, secure lifestyle for our residents. Here at Mint Hill Senior Living, each member of our community enjoys the opportunity to 'live life their way'. Our valued residents enjoy...

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  • Legacy Heights Senior Living Community

    Legacy Heights Senior Living Community

    11230 Ballantyne Trace Court, Charlotte, NC 28277
    (27)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome Home to Legacy Heights of Charlotte. We are located in South Charlotte's beautiful Ballantyne area, close to neighborhood shopping malls. Our community offers Assisted Living as well as our award winning Bridge to Rediscovery, Montessori-based memory care program. We also offer Respite Care...

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  • Kestral Ridge Family Care Home

    Kestral Ridge Family Care Home

    9305 Kestral Ridge Drive, Charlotte, NC 28269
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    This is a beautiful residential home located in the senior section of Highland Creek. The home is located on a private lot, with a wooded backyard. This home has one private room with a bathroom and one semi-private room with a master bathroom. The capacity of the home is three residents. The home...

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  • The Crossings at Steele Creek

    13600 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28278
    (30)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina is the home of The Crossings at Steele Creek, an assisted living community, specializing in Alzheimer's and memory care. Charlotte is also known as the corporate headquarters of the Bank of America or the east coast operations center for Wells Fargo....

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  • The Laurels at Highland Creek

    The Laurels at Highland Creek

    6101 Clarke Creek Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28269
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Laurels in Highland Creek is an Assisted Living community located in the master-planned community of Highland Creek in Charlotte, North Carolina. Everything we do at The Laurels is designed to assure the well-being of each of our assisted living residents. Located in northern Mecklenburg County...

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  • Wilson Grove Senior Living

    Wilson Grove Senior Living

    7020 Wilson Grove Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28227
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Wilson Grove Senior Living is a newly licensed 6 private bedroom Assisted living/Family care home located in the beautiful and serene town of Mint Hill. We acknowledge that your love one need to live in a safe, clean and comfortable home-like environment. Wilson Grove Senior Living is an alternative...

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  • Brookdale Weddington Park

    Brookdale Weddington Park

    2404 Plantation Center Drive, Matthews, NC 28105
    (29)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Experience a Life Full of Living. You’ve found a community built from the ground up to provide the fewest worries, the most options for how to live your best senior life, and to feel like home sweet home. From our customizable living quarters to our homey, comfortable community spaces, our community...

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  • The Laurels in the Village at Carolina Place

    The Laurels in the Village at Carolina Place

    13180 Dorman Road, Pineville, NC 28134
    (33)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    If you happened to be at The Laurels a few weeks ago, your perceptions might have been changed. You would have seen our residents donning motorcycle helmets and spinning around the neighborhood with a caring group of Harley Davidson enthusiasts. At The Laurels we celebrate age by offering creative...

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  • Special Touch Living

    Special Touch Living

    514 southland road, Huntersville, NC 28072
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Special Touch Living assisted living home is the alternate choice to nursing home placement. Our Residential assisted living home is perfect for seniors who want to live a stress-free lifestyle while keeping their dignity and independence. We provide assistance to residents who may require 24/7 care...

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  • Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living

    Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living

    4877 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie, SC 29710
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Situated near the Catawba River in York County, minutes from the city of Charlotte, Lake Wylie Retirement and Assisted Living Community offers the lifestyle that's just right for you. With Lake Wylie nearby, a small town resort-like atmosphere and old-fashioned Southern charm make this peaceful and...

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  • The Blake at Edgewater

    The Blake at Edgewater

    1040 Edgewater Pkwy, Fort Mill, SC 29707
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Resort Style Assisted Living and Memory Care Strategically located in Indian Land, South Carolina off of Edgewater Parkway. The Blake at Edgewater is unlike any other. Retirement and hospitality are blended to create an assisted living and memory care community where you will feel right at home....

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  • Karizma Infinities Residential Care Home

    Karizma Infinities Residential Care Home

    5601 Poplin Rd, Indian Trail, NC 28079
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Karizma Infinities (KI) Residential Care Home provides the senior populations in Union, Mecklenburg, and surrounding counties with individual personalized care by licensed staff in a customized retirement home setting of assisted living Union, Mecklenburg, and surrounding counties community...

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  • Brookdale New Hope

    Brookdale New Hope

    1680 South New Hope Road, Gastonia, NC 28054
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Find a Life of Redefined Independence Remember the senior living lifestyle you used to image? It’s still possible. Our premium assisted living services give you the ability to trade the stress and busyness that comes with life at home for a life spent exploring passions, creative pursuits and social...

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  • Brookdale Concord Parkway

    Brookdale Concord Parkway

    2452 Rock Hill Church Road, Concord, NC 28027
    (28)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Imagine being able to live by your own design, every single day. That means pursuing your passions, forging new friendships and fostering old connections—and living a truly vibrant life. That’s how life is at our community, which is conveniently located just 30 minutes outside Charlotte, North...

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  • Brookdale Robinwood

    Brookdale Robinwood

    1750 Robinwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28054
    (12)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    It’s time to upgrade your senior living lifestyle. Choose us for your next home sweet home and you’ll enjoy an assisted living community in Gastonia, North Carolina. Ideally situated just 20 minutes north of Charlotte, we are one of the premier senior communities in the region. Our residents enjoy...

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  • Morningside of Gastonia

    Morningside of Gastonia

    2755 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054
    (20)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Morningside of Gastonia is the only Assisted Living Community with 24-hour licensed nursing staff. It provides a full complement of assisted living services combined with a comprehensive Check Point Program that enhances and protects quality of life through coordinated and integrated service...

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  • Brookdale Union

    Brookdale Union

    1717 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Explore a Redefined Independence Senior living shouldn’t mean a life full of the stress and isolation that often comes from living at home. It shouldn’t be filled with worry about health issues, or whether you’re going to get the help you need each day. Our residents enjoy a premier assisted living...

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  • Concord Place

    1501 Zion Church Road East, Concord, NC 28025
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Concord Place is a pet friendly senior living community where we provide residents with quality care and assistance in their daily routine when needed, while promoting independence as long as possible. We develop individual care plans to meet the needs of each resident, and a full-time licensed...

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  • Morningside of Concord

    Morningside of Concord

    500 Penny Lane Northeast, Concord, NC 28025
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Morningside of Concord is located just off Interstate 85; within a quaint community of families and neighbors.  Just minutes to the hospital and medical offices in one direction and the history of a downtown area flourishing with charm and history in another, Morningside is proud to offer...

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  • Chandler Place Assisted Living and Memory Care

    Chandler Place Assisted Living and Memory Care

    1800 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
    (20)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    It’s time to upgrade your senior living. And we have just the place to do it. We are a premier senior living community offering assisted living and Alzheimer’s and dementia care services. Our residents have more options for enjoying the senior living lifestyle. They also have fewer worries, as our...

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  • Brookdale Ebenezer Road

    Brookdale Ebenezer Road

    1920 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Build Your Best Life Here It’s time to trade your lifestyle in for a new, upgraded model. You’ll find it here, nestled in a quiet, residential area of Rock Hill, South Carolina in York County. As one of our residents, you’ll get rid of chores, cleaning and cooking. In their place, you’ll get an...

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  • HarborChase of Rock Hill

    HarborChase of Rock Hill

    1611 Constitution Boulevard, Rock Hill, SC 29732
    (17)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    HarborChase is home to the best: those who live here, and those who care for them. Simple kindness abounds, as does respect, and the celebration of each individual life with the dignity it has earned. At HarborChase, we know that residents who can no longer live independently still want to feel...

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  • Best of Care Assisted Living

    Best of Care Assisted Living

    234 Northdale Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Best of Care is an assisted living facility in Kannapolis, NC consisting of 25 beds in private and semi-private rooms with a 6 bed family care home. We strive to meet the needs of our residents through assistance in personal care, health care, and social activities. We provide skilled medical...

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  • HarborChase of Riverwalk (Opening Fall 2019)

    HarborChase of Riverwalk (Opening Fall 2019)

    749 Dunkins Ferry Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    HarborChase of Riverwalk Conveniently located close to the unique dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities of the distinctive Riverwalk community, HarborChase of Riverwalk is a seamless combination of timeless elegance, modern conveniences and Southern hospitality. Here, you'll happily...

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  • Morningside of Rock Hill

    Morningside of Rock Hill

    1830 West Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29732
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Morningside of Rock Hill is the premier assisted living residence of choice for your loved one. Our caregivers, dietary staff, and management team all strive for excellence, and have one goal — to exceed your expectations everyday. Morningside of Rock Hill...

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  • Summit Place of Mooresville

    Summit Place of Mooresville

    128 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, NC 28117
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Summit Place we have only 40 residents in our Assisted Living community. Adjacent to our Assisted Living we also have Memory Care right on our campus with only 20 residents in that portion of the community. Our community is small and intimate. This allows us to have more hands on time with our...

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  • Brookdale Monroe Square

    Brookdale Monroe Square

    918 Fitzgerald Street, Monroe, NC 28112
    (32)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Upgrade Your Senior Living It’s time to trade the chores, worries and stress that often come from life at home for a better senior living lifestyle. As a resident here, you’ll enjoy a resort-style atmosphere full of interesting things to do and interesting people to do them with. We’ve been serving...

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  • Brookdale Union Park

    Brookdale Union Park

    1316 Patterson Street, Monroe, NC 28112
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Always Something to Do You can always find something fun and exciting to do here at our assisted living community in Monroe, North Carolina. With private accommodations, spacious common rooms and a long list of resort-style amenities and services, you may find yourself wondering why you didn’t join...

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  • Lakewood Care Center

    7981 Optimist Club Rd, Denver, NC 28037
    (12)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Lakewood Care Center is an assisted living community in the quiet Charlotte suburb of Denver, NC. The peaceful, wooded setting provides a serene, welcoming and secure environment for seniors with a variety of care needs. The town of Denver is adjacent to Lake Norman and home to several state parks...

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  • Shepparton Family Care Home

    9434 Shepparton Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

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  • Grapperhall Family Care Home

    16401 Grapperhall Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078
    (3)
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  • The Blake at Baxter Village

    522 6th Baxter Crossing, Fort Mill, SC 29708
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  • Kannapolis Family Care Home

    2216 Kannapolis Hwy, Concord, NC 28207
    (1)
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Assisted Living in Charlotte, NC

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is part of a continuum of long-term care services that provide supportive housing, daily personal care services and basic health care for seniors who need some help performing normal daily activities. Assisted living facilities are designed to offer support in areas where needed while promoting maximum independence for residents. Modern assisted living communities are very different from nursing homes and are best suited for seniors who can manage some areas of daily living and who do not require skilled nursing, constant supervision or complex physical accommodations.

Residents in assisted living communities often have their own room, suite or even apartment that is private except for required support services. Some facilities allow residents to bring their own furnishings and have pets. Other assisted living facilities are integrated with skilled nursing homes in order to provide a continuum of services in one location for residents who need increasing levels of care over time. Assisted living can be an ideal housing option for seniors who can live independently for the most part but require some assistance with basic activities of daily living (ADLs).

What Is Senior Living Like in Charlotte, NC?

With its subtropical climate, thriving metropolitan area, rich cultural history and national sports teams like the Panthers and Hornets, Charlotte is consistently ranked by Forbes as one of the best places to retire. There are several local hospitals in the Charlotte area that are listed under magnet status, which is the highest credential for nursing practices across the world. Assisted living facilities near Charlotte offer a wide range of amenities and services in different settings and environments ranging from urban to rural.

While the number of choices may seem daunting, having so many options allows you the opportunity of finding a great fit for your loved one’s needs, preferences, lifestyle, care requirements and budget.

What Services Are Available?

Assisted living facilities vary widely in the amenities offered, housing style, community structure and level of care. Some of the general services provided by assisted living communities include:

  • Trained staff
  • Daily meals
  • Help with bathing, dressing and other ADLs
  • Basic housekeeping and laundry services
  • Health and exercise groups
  • Social enrichment programs
  • Access to basic medical services

Additional offerings may include:

  • Trips to local sporting venues, museums, shopping centers, and community events
  • Onsite barber shops or salons
  • Medical support services, such as podiatrists, physical therapists and occupational therapists
  • Therapeutic groups, such as exercise, art and music therapy, structured games, etc.
  • Incontinence service
  • Senior shuttle buses
  • Medical transportation for outside appointments

What Are ADLs and IADLs?

Activities of daily living (ADLs) are the tasks of self-care that we generally learn as children. These six essential skills are considered the basics necessary to managing daily physical needs:

  • Self-feeding: Can move food from plate to mouth and can chew and swallow
  • Dressing: Can select put on appropriate clothes and outerwear independently
  • Bathing and showering: Is able to bathe self completely or requires assistance with only one area of the body
  • Continence: Has control of bowels and bladder
  • Toileting: Can get on and off the toilet and clean oneself independently
  • Functional mobility: Is able to walk or move from one place to another

Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) require more complex organizational and thinking skills and management of these tasks is also generally required for independent living. Examples of IADLs include:

  • Managing medications: Is able to obtain medications and take them as prescribed
  • Shopping and meal preparation: Can do everything required to prepare a meal as well as shop for clothing and other items required for daily functioning
  • Housecleaning and home maintenance: Can keep one’s living space reasonably and tidy, clean kitchen after meals and manage basic home maintenance tasks
  • Managing transportation: Is able to drive or otherwise organize alternate means of transportation
  • Managing communication: Can independently communicate via telephone and mail
  • Managing finances: Is able to pay bills and manage financial assets

Difficulty managing one or more of these activities is generally an indication that support is needed in daily life and that assisted living may be a good option.

What Are the Signs It's Time for Assisted Living?

ADLs and IADLs are often used to assess an older person’s level of functioning. Difficulty managing these basic tasks usually indicates a problem with physical and/or cognitive health and is a key sign that it is time to consider assisted living for your loved one’s continued safety and daily care. Mismanagement of medications, behavioral concerns, safety issues, isolation and depression and caregiver stress are additional warning signs to be heeded.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Charlotte?

Assisted living in the metropolitan area of Charlotte, NC averaged $4,048 per month in 2018, which is slightly above the state average of $3,842. Prices vary greatly depending on amenities, care needs, type of room, location and facility. Costs tend to be slightly lower in suburbs or outlying areas and there are many facilities located near Charlotte that may also be a good fit for your loved one.

How Can I Pay for Assisted Living?

One of the most frequently asked questions is how to finance assisted living for a loved one and there are many options. If your loved one or their spouse is a veteran over age 65, a program called Veterans Aid and Attendance may be able to help.

Many families have the option of using savings, life insurance or funds from the sale of a home. Short term bridge loans allow seniors to borrow on equity of an existing home and may be used to move in to assisted living before the house is sold. Reverse mortgages are another possibility, offering seniors the option of loans that convert home equity into cash with no monthly mortgage payments.

Does Medicare Cover Assisted Living?

Medicare does not pay for long-term assisted living facilities. Short-term nursing care after hospitilization may be covered but assisted living, in general, is not. Medicaid may be an option for certain seniors. The CAP/DA Medicaid Waiver of North Carolina pays for personal care for seniors regardless of the type of housing or assisted living community in which they reside.

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Facilities?

Once you have made a selection of possible assisted living communities for your loved one, it is important to tour several different facilities. It is a good idea to make a list of questions and things to observe in advance so that you can remain focused and get the best information possible. Ideally, your loved one and others involved in their care can go with you to get the most feedback possible. Some things to consider as you go on your tours include:

  • What is Your First Impression? How are you greeted? Do you feel at ease? Is the staff friendly? Are residents engaged and content? Are you touring everything or being shown only parts of the facility? Are there any red flags? Pay attention to your gut feeling but remember that you are choosing for your loved one, not yourself.
  • Is the facility clean and well-tended? Are you able to view resident apartments and bathrooms? Are they clean and well-lit? How often are housekeeping and laundry services available? Is the layout safe and comfortable for your loved one? Check for safety features in living spaces that will be necessary, such as shower bars and call buttons.
  • What kind of medical support is available? Assisted living facilities offer basic medical care and vary in the extent of services available. Make sure the care your loved one needs is provided on site and that options for specialty services, diet, physical limitations, cognitive decline, etc. can be addressed.
  • Ask about security and medical emergency protocols: What will happen if there is a medical emergency and how will you be notified? Is there an appropriate staff-to-resident ratio for your loved one? Is the entrance locked and/or have an attendant during all shifts?
  • Investigate the grounds and outdoor areas: Are outdoor areas clean, inviting, well-maintained and open to residents? Are they safe and accessible for your loved one’s level of care and physical state?
  • Stay for a meal: What is the menu like and how is the quality of the food? What is the atmosphere in the dining area? Make sure that if your family member has special dietary needs such as low sodium, gluten free, kosher or vegetarian, they can be accommodated.
  • Observe a group or social event: It is important that your loved one be at a similar functioning level to other residents. Are residents active and engaged in a manner comparable to your loved one? Are the groups and activities relevant and appropriate to your loved one’s care needs, abilities, and personality?

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in North Carolina

Each state has specific licensing and regulation requirements for senior living providers and these reports are available to the public. Once you have several options in mind, you can access the North Carolina database of Facility Inspections, Ratings and Penalties to find out about assisted living ratings in Charlotte, NC or anywhere else in the state. In addition, you can read reviews from families like yours on the listings of this page to help give you a greater sense of various senior living options.

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility?

Many families start their search based on general location and then narrow down the choices by level of care needed, housing style and resources that are a good fit for their loved one. For more information about what to look for when visiting an assisted living community, download our Assisted Living Residence Checklist.

We know this is an important decision and that you want to get it right. A Place for Mom can help you understand what care services are essential for your loved one as well as what type of physical setting, groups, and activities might be beneficial and well-suited to your family member’s needs. We offer this as a free service, and would be honored to help. If you have any questions at all or would like help in your decision-making process, contact one of our Senior Living Advisors for a free consultation.