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Commonly called the “Queen City,” Charlotte boasts many attractive amenities that include a reigning arts and culture scene, impressive dining options, and magnificent outdoor spaces. The thriving metro also boasts several assisted living facilities that make it easy for seniors to live like royalty. A Place for Mom partners with 17 assisted living facilities within a 10-mile radius of Uptown Charlotte. These communities offer perks for seniors that include palatial living spaces, access to supportive services, and regal amenities.
When it comes to assisted living, Charlotte, North Carolina, has a wealth of options to choose from. Sifting through so many options can be a dizzying experience, which is why we’ve fashioned this guide to assisted living in Charlotte. We organize our 2022-2023 proprietary data from in-network assisted living partners in Charlotte, sharing our top-rated communities with reviews from real residents. The guide also outlines the types of facilities you can expect to find in the area and a breakdown of local costs and senior-specific resources. You’ll also get a full rundown of North Carolina assisted living laws and regulations.
Types of care available in Charlotte, NC
I just cannot say enough wonderful things about Brookdale Weddington Park! Mom is so so so happy there! The residents and staff are all happy and wonderful, the food is fantastic, the activities are abundant, and the space is warm and welcoming. It's like walking into someone's home! We could not be more pleased on every single level! I can't imagine her being anywhere else!
My husband had a good stay at this community. The staff were friendly and we had good communication. He liked the food, however they do not offer special diets. They offer daily activities. The community is neat and clean inside and out. We would use this community again for a respite stay.
The Bridge to Rediscovery is a wonderful program and the staff that is implementing it is wonderful. The upper management leaves a bit to be desired. The Haven Staff is AWESOME. the staff that has been caring for and loving on my mama [name removed] and [name removed] are stellar, I could not ask for any better! I've (and my family) have been very happy with the Haven staff and environment that Mama has been in since day 1 [date removed] of the move in. I would tell people to overlook the paper problems and paper pushers. Just focus on the people that are caring for our loved ones. It is a big company and with that comes issues of upper level management caring only about the bottom line, money. Mama is happy, safe, loved, clean, and stimulated. I'm good!
9120 Willow Ridge Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210
Dining room has been closed off and on due to staffing issues. Activities offered include bingo, holiday parties, etc. They had a price raise of 10% since the beginning of 2022. That was a large increase....
The Charlotte is a luxury retirement community in South Charlotte. Conveniently located on Park Road, adjacent to Atrium Pineville and just minutes from South Park, our private community offers a lifestyle that is second to none. Members enjoy beautiful accommodations, industry-leading Care...
6053 Wilora Lake Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
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Friendly residents and friendly and helpful staff. We picked this community because of the price, amenities, and reputtion with the VA. I would recommend to others.
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...
3600 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209
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...
Located in the heart of Charlotte, Myers Park and Dilworth neighborhoods.
2101 Runnymede Ln, Charlotte, NC 28209
My mother is currently a resident at Summit Place of South Park and this facility has been five stars across the board for her. The cleanliness and friendliness is great. The staff, care services, food and...
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...
5820 Carmel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226
Folks there were very helpful and caring after [name removed] passed away and assisted us when [name removed] had to leave after hospital stay. Overall a good community but, you have got to be an active...
Bank on having the time of your life at The Pines on Carmel Senior Living, 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...
5114 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
The size of Sunrise was most appropriate for my dad. Large enough for socializing and various activities, but not too large that would have been overwhelming. The Care Coordinators are very kind and provide...
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...
7745 Little Ave, Charlotte, NC 28226
Overall, I think this is a nice facility. It's a smaller community, probably better suited for people looking for a small environment. With less residents, people here seem to know each other a little...
Lease by October 29 and get $1,000 off your rent for the first three months. THAT’S A SAVINGS OF $3,000!*We are continuing to admit new Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We will do all we can to help those who are in need of our services now and...
11230 Ballantyne Trace Ct, Charlotte, NC 28277
Everyone is extremely nice extremely helpful at the Legacy Heights community. The community itself is immaculate. It always smells great and my mom loves the food that is prepared for them!!!
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...
5800 Old Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
My uncle has adjusted very well there amidst a lot of changes. They've worked to help him adjust and made him feel like he'd be missed when he moved from skilled nursing to assisted living. Staff go above...
Care Today, Care TomorrowIf 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...
6000 Park South Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210
I would recommend Brighton Gardens of Charlotte to others. I myself have not tried the food, but my loved one feels that it needs improvement. But his opinion may be because they are not offering items that...
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...
5601 Margaret Wallace Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28105
Our loved one does not participate in the activities so we cannot comment. However, the help the staff has given in an emergency situation was quick and really reassuring to our family which is something we...
While the name Cadence Senior Living may be new to the Matthews-Mint Hill area, we have no doubt the city of Charlotte, NC registers as a thriving, growing technology and financial hub. We are a budding suburb of Charlotte, located just 10 miles east of the city. We benefit from the Charlotte...
13600 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28278
[name removed] has provided professional and informative information from day 1 which helped our family feel we were making the right choice for our parents. She would always answer questions or concerns...
At Wickshire Steele Creek, it’s not about age. It’s about life. We are a premier senior living community offering assisted living and memory care with personalized care and support with state of the art senior apartment suites in Charlotte, North Carolina. You or your loved one will enjoy this...
5215 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
Lovely and clean facility. Friendly and caring patient-facing staff. Excellent food and dining, though service can be slower than expected.
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...
5515 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28226
Overall experience is rated at a 4 mainly because of stomach flu and quarantine which was out of the facility's control perhaps-so could be a 5. With the meals and dining service - clickish but that is to...
Do More, Live MoreIt’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,...
3610 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
My family and loved one had a wonderful experience with Charter Senior Living of Charlotte. The staff are wonderful and really were sweet and caring towards my loved one. The community is clean and...
Come To Live Here.Just when you thought life in the Carolinas couldn’t get any better, Charter Senior Living of Charlotte 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...
4815 N Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205
East Towne has been a great find for a place for my Mom. They take excellent care of her and she has adapted well to an assisted living facility because they made her feel welcome and friendly.
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...
8700 Lawyers Rd, Charlotte, NC 28227
One of the nicest places around. Caring staff, great meals, activities throughout the day. Very little turnover for employees. A very small community which make it very home like.
10830 Lawyers Rd, Charlotte, NC 28227
The entire staff were easy to work with and always very nice. They have healthy good food. They offer daily activities. The community is clean and I would recommend it.
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...
6101 Clarke Creek Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28269
The Bridge to Rediscovery is a wonderful program and the staff that is implementing it is wonderful. The upper management leaves a bit to be desired. The Haven Staff is AWESOME. the staff that has been...
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...
3800 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215
It's a part of the Methodist system and my mother is Methodist, but it was a little fish, big sea here, I don't think she would have had the personalized attention or opportunity to put the Alzheimers thing...
5100 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210
My father was in the healthcare side; they have a very good staff and the facilities are nice, it's just not set up for someone who's trying to leave. Their lobbies and common areas are located where the elevators are so if someone presses the wrong ...
3442 Cypress Club Dr, Charlotte, NC 28210
They have a really expensive upfront fee, I think its 10000 upfront. Of course it's just beautiful, but they didn't have any private rooms available. You could go in semi-private and be on a waitlist and they're just really geared for their residents...
1930 W Sugar Creek Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262
7210 Lakeside Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215
5635 Margaret Wallace Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28105
I'll tell you this is the best. So much to do you never get lonely. You make friends, its wonderful.
Charlotte assisted living facilities cost an average of $4,900 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data from 2022. However, costs can vary from place to place depending on a community’s amenities, services, and location. Reflected in the number above is the total cost, including all of our Charlotte partner facility’s add-on services or fees. Most of our partner assisted living facilities include the following in their monthly rent rate:
There are some additional fees you can potentially come across at most assisted living facilities. We provide some examples of what you may encounter at our partner communities within 25 miles of Charlotte’s city center below.
The numbers below represent baseline starting costs of other assisted living facilities in the area. These figures are best used to compare prices of facilities across the greater Charlotte area.
When it comes to paying for assisted living in Charlotte, seniors and their families have a variety of options to choose from. In some circumstances, families can source from their private and public funds to pay for the costs of assisted living in Charlotte.
You’ll learn about the options seniors or their families might have on hand to cover costs of assisted living. We also outline several public resources, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and VA benefits, that may be available to help you pay for care services.
To get their ideal assisted living environment, seniors or their families typically dip into their personal funds to pay. This can be savings built up over the years, retirement, pensions, and any income or assets the senior has available.
It’s also worth noting that some forms of income are taxed differently in North Carolina. While Social Security income isn’t taxed in the “Tar Heel State,” other forms of retirement income are taxed at the state’s 4.99% income tax rate (as of 2022):
Depending on the cost of care needs over time and an individual’s financial situation and assets, the private pay methods below could fully fund the costs of an assisted living facility in Charlotte. Seniors and families might want to consider all possible ways to fund their ideal senior living situation.
Note that long-term care insurance policies can differ in what services are covered. You’ll want to check directly with your provider to see what services are covered. The same goes for life insurance. You may be able to sell or surrender your life insurance policy, but you need to consult with your insurance provider directly first to see what’s possible.
In North Carolina, assisted living facilities — also called adult care homes — are defined as residences that provide round-the-clock personal care services. Assisted living facilities in Charlotte are licensed and regulated by the Division of Health Services Regulation (DHSR), which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). You can find a full list of rules and regulations for DHSR agencies on the NC DHHS website.
All licensed North Carolina assisted living facilities are inspected annually to make sure communities are in compliance with rules like the following:
North Carolina assisted living facilities must meet all building requirements in the North Carolina State Building Code and local zoning laws. Assisted living communities in North Carolina are also regulated for a facility’s physical environment. These regulations are in force to make sure residents have suitable and safe living arrangements. Some of these environmental regulations include the following:
Additionally, assisted living communities must maintain plumbing, and electrical equipment. Facilities must also meet fire safety code requirements that include the following:
Assisted living communities will generally have admission requirements for prospective residents. These are in place to make sure residents have the right amount of care and supervision in their assisted living community. By law, assisted living facilities in North Carolina can’t admit seniors who meet any of the following criteria:
Residents of assisted living facilities have to undergo a pre-admission assessment within 72 hours of moving into a community. Residents must complete an additional assessment within 30 days of admission and on an annual basis after. These annual assessments help identify any significant changes to a resident’s health status or abilities, like the following:
Residents found to have significant changes in their assessments will be referred to the appropriate health professional.
Residents should receive a copy of an assisted living facility’s policy upon move in that cover topics, like grievance policies and procedures, as well as contact information for the local Area Agency on Aging and ombudsman program. It should also have a declaration of residents’ rights, which includes facility standards, like the following:
All staff members at assisted living facilities in North Carolina are required to report any resident abuse, and they may be subject to criminal charges or fines for failing to do so. To report abuse, you can contact the DHS Care Line or the local ombudsman office below.
North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR)
809 Ruggles Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603
Centralina Area Agency on Aging
525 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
As of February 2023, there are no statewide mandates or regulations for COVID-19 in North Carolina. However, COVID-19 and its variants are still a concern for high-risk populations. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) currently recommends long-term care facilities, like assisted living facilities, follow the latest guidance and data. To contact them regarding COVID-19 questions, you can dial 1-800-232-4636. You can also find the latest updates on the DHHS COVID-19 dashboard, which includes protocols on the following:
Vaccinations. Seniors, health care workers, and people with underlying medical conditions are strongly advised to stay up to date on vaccines and boosters.
Masking. Masks are recommended in indoor public spaces and may be required in high-risk or long-term care settings.
Staff safety. Staff should follow isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
When it comes to assisted living, Charlotte is filled with magnificent communities designed just for seniors to find all they want out of life. Read on for some key features you can expect from assisted living facilities in Charlotte.
Many of our partner assisted living facilities in Charlotte offer a variety of layout options, which can range from private or semi-private studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments. Select communities feature kitchenettes with mid-size refrigerators and microwaves. You’ll also find accessible bathrooms with walk-in showers, optional private balconies, and oversized windows at many of our Charlotte in-network assisted living facilities.
Marvelous amenities await seniors at our partnered assisted living facilities. Take an enchanting stroll through impeccably manicured grounds, where you may find charming courtyards and gazebos, raised garden beds, and serene fountains. Or, treat yourself to five-star amenities like on-site salons, state-of-the-art fitness centers, and chef-prepared meals. Other services and amenities include housekeeping, personal laundry, and transportation. Some communities even offer the convenience of delivery services on commodity items like toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste, and dental floss.
Delight in the activities you love the most with tastefully appointed indoor common rooms available at most of our in-network assisted living facilities. The majority of our partner communities coordinate group outings to local senior hot spots. You can expect most assisted living communities to offer a wide-ranging social calendar with daily activities — from cooking clubs and art classes to yoga and brain fitness. Look forward to plenty of opportunities to simply mingle with friends at events like barbecues, birthday celebrations, holiday parties, and wine tastings.
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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Charlotte population living with grandchildren
Remarkable medical care and health services are widely available in Charlotte. We highlight some of the area’s top hospitals below.
CaroMount Health Regional Medical Center is just about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte in Gastonia, North Carolina. This acute care hospital features a cutting-edge surgical department that utilizes the latest technology and techniques that reduce pain and recovery times. CaroMount Health is highly acclaimed for patient safety and quality care, as well as its nationally accredited cancer center, a Level III trauma center, and exceptional cardiac care.
Atrium Health Pineville is one of the country’s top cardiovascular hospitals, offering access to innovative cardiovascular care from its Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute. Atrium Health’s Pineville campus has direct access to specialized services that include robotic surgery and neuroscience. It also provides innovative cancer care and treatment through the Levine Cancer Institute with on-site surgery and radiation oncology available.
Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital offers an array of treatments and services ranging from advanced imaging to comprehensive rehabilitative therapies. It’s among the leading orthopedic hospitals in North Carolina and has received national recognition for its performance in surgical care, along with its joint and spine programs. Additionally, it features a total joint replacement unit, which provides complete support from pre-surgery consults to recovery.
Around 82% of our partner assisted living facilities in Charlotte offer on-site transportation services to their residents. Many find community transportation services offer the safest way to get to appointments and run errands.
For visiting friends and relatives, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has several bus and rail routes throughout the city. CATS also offers paratransit services to people who can’t access fixed routes because of a disability.
Additionally, the Mecklenburg Transportation System (MTS) has nonemergency transportation services available for eligible seniors in Charlotte. Read on to learn about some of their services and their unique eligibility requirements.
Overall, Charlotte is a fairly car-dependent city, but it does offer access to public transportation options and some bike lanes. You can see how WalkScore ranks Charlotte for its walkability, public transit, and bike friendliness below. All scores are out of a possible 100.
For those seeking a big-city lifestyle with Southern charm, Charlotte is a darling city to call home. From the on-the-rise food scene to the unique culture, Charlotte has much to offer seniors.
Many assisted living facilities coordinate outings into Charlotte — where residents enjoy activities like hitting the green at the local golf clubs, fishing at the area’s lakes, and visiting the Mecklenburg Public Library. Charlotte also has several senior centers where residents can meet and socialize with other peers in the community, learn new skills, and stay active.
Charlotte boasts an impressive 45% tree canopy coverage and an abundance of lush outdoor parks and nature preserves. Beautiful lakes, flourishing gardens, and ample hiking trails are just a few qualities that make Charlotte’s outdoor destinations second to none. Grab your walking shoes and explore one of Charlotte’s gorgeous outdoor retreats:
From barbecue, burgers, and seafood to exotic Peruvian cuisine, Charlotte’s dynamic food scene has plenty of mouthwatering options to choose from. Naturally, Southern food is king in the Queen City, but international cuisines can be found throughout the city as well among Charlotte’s food truck scene. The area also has plenty to sip on — with an impressive collection of craft beer and wine varieties from local vineyards and breweries.
Culture rules in Charlotte from the public art and murals to the world-class museums and venues. Residents and visiting friends and family alike can enjoy immersing themselves in Charlotte’s popular cultural attractions, which include the following:
The average cost of Assisted Living in Charlotte is 4,265 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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