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There comes a time when helping your loved one find the right assisted living facility in Winston-Salem, NC, becomes the most compassionate thing you can do. If you’re looking for a good assisted living community, you probably have a lot of questions. You may be wondering what you should look for in such a facility, or how to tell if the staff members are qualified to care for your loved one. A Place for Mom can help.

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Senior housing types near Winston Salem, NC

  • Somerset Court of University Place

    Somerset Court of University Place

    1635 E Fifth St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
    (1)
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    Located in the heart of Winston-Salem, NC, Somerset Court at University Place is an assisted living community convenient to I-40 and Highway 421, surrounded by opportunities for shopping, dining, and cultural events. We are also near outstanding medical facilities including Wake Forest University...

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  • Forest Heights Senior Living Community

    Forest Heights Senior Living Community

    2500 Polo Ridge Court, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    (23)
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    Welcome Home to Forest Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care of Winston-Salem! This community is devoted to a higher standard of living for seniors who need assisted living or the security and structure of memory care services. We have raised the bar in the assisted living industry by providing...

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  • Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem

    Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem

    2601 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    (39)
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    Brighton Gardens provides assisted living in an apartment-style setting that offers the simple pleasures - nutritious food, comfortable surroundings, and the support of a warm, caring and competent staff. A separate Special Care Center for residents with Alzheimer's or other memory related disorders...

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  • Magnolia Creek

    Magnolia Creek

    2560 Willard Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
    (3)
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    Nestled among the trees on the outskirts of Winston-Salem, Magnolia Creek is located off I-40 in a quiet residential area. You'll often find our residents enjoying one of our porches or patios. The wooded setting surrounds our community with the countless beautiful sights and sounds of nature. At...

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  • Heritage Woods

    Heritage Woods

    3812 Forrestgate Dr, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
    (16)
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    Heritage Woods is a full service rental retirement community in Winston Salem, North Carolina offering monthly rentals for Independent and Assisted Living. Beautifully landscaped on six acres, the community is private and yet accessible to area Hospitals, Hanes Mall, physicians' offices and historic...

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  • Brookdale Reynolda Road

    Brookdale Reynolda Road

    2980 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
    (19)
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    Residents in our community, located in beautiful Winston-Salem, N.C., get the benefit of living among others who share their interests, hobbies and life experiences while knowing that we’re always there to help take care of their needs 24/7. With a vibrant activity calendar that changes each day,...

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  • Kerner Ridge

    Kerner Ridge

    250 Hopkins Rd, Kernersville, NC 27284
    (16)
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    Providing the best senior care in Kernersville, North Carolina, Kerner Ridge prides itself on advanced quality care, the integrity and fine work ethic of our staff and our recreational activities that ensure that our residents always have something to look forward to. No matter what our particular...

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  • Mallard Ridge

    Mallard Ridge

    9420 North Highway 150, Clemmons, NC 27012
    (13)
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    Mallard Ridge Assisted Living is a wonderful assisted living community to come home to. We are conveniently located in northern Davidson County of North Carolina and can easily be reached by way of Lexington and Winston-Salem. Our beautiful site offers a calm, serene setting, while also being near a...

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  • Shuler Health Care Inc

    Shuler Health Care Inc

    250 Pitts St, Kernersville, NC 27284
    (2)
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    Shuler Health Care Assisted Living offers assisted living in 5 brick, ranch style villas in a cozy cul-de-sac in Kernersville. We prepare 3 meals and 3 snacks daily. We can provide assistance with the Activities of Daily Living, when necessary. Medical transportation is included as well as laundry...

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  • Brookdale High Point

    Brookdale High Point

    201 West Hartley Drive, High Point, NC 27265
    (11)
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    When it’s time to get a little help with the minor things so you can enjoy the important things, our community is the place for you. Located in High Point, N.C., the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World,” our community offers assisted living that celebrates and encourages independence while...

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  • Walnut Ridge

    Walnut Ridge

    411 Windmill St, Walnut Cove, NC 27052
    (3)
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    Placed smack-dab in the tiny community of Walnut Cove in North Carolina, Walnut Ridge Assisted Living, with the appeal of a small town, is the place to be for the elderly who require and want independent living but yet cannot for whatever reason live alone anymore. We offer customized care with our...

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  • Brookdale Skeet Club

    Brookdale Skeet Club

    1560 Skeet Club Road, High Point, NC 27265
    (6)
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    Where You’re Truly Home Nestled in an intimate, single-story building in High Point, North Carolina, this vibrant and energetic community radiates with the kind of life and energy you’d expect to find in a resort rather than an assisted living community.  As soon as you arrive, you will hear...

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  • Brookdale High Point North

    Brookdale High Point North

    1568 Skeet Club Road, High Point, NC 27265
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    Our community is an assisted living residence in the northern part of High Point, N.C., a large city with small-town Southern charm. Our community is unmistakably charming, as well, providing the comfort, beauty and privacy you’d find in your own home. We feature private apartments as well as...

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  • Spring Arbor of Thomasville

    Spring Arbor of Thomasville

    915 W Cooksey St, Thomasville, NC 27360
    (4)
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    Senior Assisted Living & Memory Care Thomasville NC Bright, beautiful and warm with the flavor of the Thomasville lifestyle. Spring Arbor features spacious apartments and a highly dedicated and experienced staff certified in assisted senior living and Alzheimer's & dementia care for over 23 years....

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  • Priddy Manor Assisted Living

    Priddy Manor Assisted Living

    1294 Priddy Road, King, NC 27021
    (8)
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    Priddy Manor Assisted Living is located in the city of King, Stokes County, North Carolina. Our beautiful, scenic community is set among the rolling hills of Western Stoke County. King is a lovely, scenic place to call home, and to invite family members to visit. Priddy Manor is committed to the...

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  • Brookdale Northwest Greensboro

    Brookdale Northwest Greensboro

    5809 Old Oak Ridge Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
    (12)
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    At our community, which offers assisted living in the thriving city of Greensboro, N.C. , we believe sustaining social relationships and friendships is an integral part of aging well and living well. You can connect with others here who share similar interests and life experiences to enjoy a vibrant...

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  • Brighton Gardens of Greensboro

    Brighton Gardens of Greensboro

    1208 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
    (31)
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    Brighton Gardens provides assisted living in an apartment-style setting that offers the simple pleasures - nutritious food, comfortable surroundings, and the support of a warm, caring and competent staff. A separate Special Care Center for residents with Alzheimer's or other memory related disorders...

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  • Brookdale Lexington

    Brookdale Lexington

    161 Young Drive, Lexington, NC 27292
    (4)
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    Our assisted living and memory care community in Lexington, N.C., believes in making life as engaging, enjoyable and seamless as possible. That’s why we offer a continuum of care services so that residents can stay in our community even if their care needs change. We are an active community,...

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  • Heritage Greens

    Heritage Greens

    801 Meadowood St, Greensboro, NC 27409
    (4)
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    Enjoy carefree retirement living at its best. At Heritage Greens, we offer a full-service solution for Greensboro's mature adults. Our independent living, VerraSpringSM assisted living residence, and The ArboretumSM for Alzheimer's care, feature a wide variety of apartment sizes and floor plans to...

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  • Harmony at Greensboro (Opening Early 2020)

    Harmony at Greensboro (Opening Early 2020)

    3420 Whitehurst Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Now Accepting Deposits Welcome to Harmony at Greensboro! Visit our new sales office to select the apartment of your choice that includes beautiful granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Our senior living community is located in the heart of Greensboro, a short drive to downtown,...

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  • Mountain Valley Living Center

    Mountain Valley Living Center

    1135 Taylor Road, Westfield, NC 27053
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Mountain Valley Living Center a small assisted living, serving a maximum of 26 residents in a quite homelike atmosphere in the outskirts of King NC. Come let us show you our home away from home. When you have to make a decision for assisted care, come see Mountain Valley and their beautiful views...

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  • Spring Arbor of Greensboro

    Spring Arbor of Greensboro

    5125 Michaux Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
    (11)
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    Spring Arbor of Greensboro is a beautiful residential assisted living facility located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our amenities include a family elegant style dining room with a patio, a salon, a fitness center, furnished and unfurnished rooms. Spring Arbor of Greensboro believes in the safety...

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  • Somerset Court of Mocksville

    Somerset Court of Mocksville

    150 Ken Dwiggins Dr, Mocksville, NC 27028
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Somerset Court of Mocksville, it's our goal to help each resident live their 'best life,' every day. We're conveniently located in downtown Mocksville in Davie County, close to dining, shopping, the Brock Performing Arts Center, and I-40. Our staff strives to create a pleasant environment where...

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  • Brookdale Lawndale Park

    Brookdale Lawndale Park

    4400 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27455
    (15)
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    Our assisted living and memory care community is located in an upscale area of Greensboro, N.C., near Lake Jeanette and the Guilford Courthouse Military Park, with convenient access to shopping, dining and medical facilities. As an assisted living resident, you’ll enjoy a busy social calendar and a...

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  • Guilford House

    Guilford House

    5918 Netfield Rd, Greensboro, NC 27455
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Here at Guilford House, you'll find a warm, welcoming community with traditional assisted living services and an innovative memory care program, just minutes from downtown Greensboro, NC. It's our goal to help each resident live their 'best life,' every day. Our residents enjoy private or companion...

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  • Morningview at Irving Park

    Morningview at Irving Park

    3200 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27408
    (17)
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    Morningview at Irving Park sits graciously on a high lot surrounded by beautiful neighborhoods, and conveniently located near shopping, medical offices and Moses Cone Hospital. Our excellent location is complimented by the lifestyle of comfort, compassion and caring found when stepping inside our...

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  • Carriage House Senior Living Community

    Carriage House Senior Living Community

    3896 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27455
    (13)
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    Welcome Home to Carriage House! Carriage House Senior Living Community is assisted living and memory care support residence in Greensboro, North Carolina, a city rich in culture, history and arts. Our senior community is conveniently located near medical facilities, upscale shopping centers and...

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  • Abbotswood At Irving Park

    Abbotswood At Irving Park

    3504 Flint St, Greensboro, NC 27405
    (1)
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    The peaceful atmosphere with exquisite gardens and mature landscaping is ideal to enjoy your favorite pastime, such as reading a book under a shade tree, relaxing in the courtyard or enjoying an outdoor lunch with friends in the picnic area. There are perennial and annual gardens, and a community...

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  • Brookdale Salisbury

    Brookdale Salisbury

    2201 Statesville Boulevard, Salisbury, NC 28147
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Building Your Best Life There is a world of options for senior living, and often they all feel the same. That’s not the case with our community, which offers the best in assisted living for seniors in Salisbury, North Carolina. Our beautiful campus is conveniently located near restaurants, shopping,...

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  • Brookdale Asheboro

    Brookdale Asheboro

    514 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC 27203
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Great Care for Now, Great Care for Later Whether you need just a little bit of help with daily activities, or you or your loved one is living life with the challenges that come from Alzheimer’s or other dementia, we have just the place for you. And because we’ll be handling all of the cooking,...

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  • Brookdale Reidsville

    Brookdale Reidsville

    2931 Vance Street Extension, Reidsville, NC 27320
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Our community, located in Reidsville, N.C., offers two levels of 24-hour care: assisted living and memory care services for seniors living with Alzheimer's or a related form of dementia. As an assisted living resident, you can stay active and independent while receiving a bit of help with any...

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  • Brookdale Eden

    Brookdale Eden

    314 West Kings Highway, Eden, NC 27288
    (4)
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    When you’re considering a life of redefined independence, the historic town of Eden, N.C., where the Dan and Smith rivers meet, just might be the place. Our community is quiet and tranquil, offering convenient access to eclectic shopping, historic sites and local attractions such as the Eden...

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  • Brookdale Peachtree (AL)

    Brookdale Peachtree (AL)

    2806 Peachtree Road, Statesville, NC 28625
    (17)
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    Exploring a Redefined Independence You deserve the best that senior living has to offer, and it’s time to upgrade. We have just the place. We are an assisted living community in Statesville, North Carolina. As one of the premier assisted living communities in Statesville, we offer premium assisted...

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  • Meadows of Rockwell

    Meadows of Rockwell

    612 China Grove Hwy, Rockwell, NC 28138
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Meadows of Rockwell is a warm, welcoming assisted living community with small-town charm in Rowan County, NC, just minutes away from Salisbury. Our residents enjoy private or companion rooms, each with private baths, in-room climate controls, cable TV, and more. We offer a full activities...

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  • Brookdale East Broad

    Brookdale East Broad

    2441 East Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28625
    (6)
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    Redefined Independence and Country Senior Living Your search for the right senior living solution might just be over. We’re a high-quality assisted living community in Statesville, North Carolina. Located in Iredell County, Statesville is a lovely city with small-town charm, proud to be recognized...

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  • Gardens of Statesville

    Gardens of Statesville

    2147 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC 28625
    (9)
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    June 2019 Annual State Survey by the Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation awarded THE GARDENS OF STATESVILLE with a DEFICIENCY FREE SURVEY! As quoted from NC DHSR ACLS website: The goal of inspections is to assess how well the adult care home complies with...

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  • Alamance House

    Alamance House

    2766 Grand Oaks Blvd, Burlington, NC 27215
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Alamance House Assisted Living and Memory Care is located in the hills of North Carolina's Piedmont region. Our caregiving staff makes Alamance House Assisted Living and Memory Care feel like home . We seek to preserve each resident's independence by promoting dignity and individual choice in a...

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  • Angels at Heart Assisted Living

    Angels at Heart Assisted Living

    1114 S Main St, China Grove, NC 28023
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Angels at Heart Assisted Living is committed to providing high quality, residents centered and affordable care to our residents to assist them to lead dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of facility. Their individual needs are carefully assessed, understood and met through the...

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  • Brookdale Burlington

    Brookdale Burlington

    3615 South Mebane Street, Burlington, NC 27215
    (17)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sustaining social relationships and friendships is an integral part of aging well and living well. In our community, you can connect with others who share similar interests so you can enjoy a vibrant life. You’ll experience a sense of connection in our community, where neighbors become friends and...

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  • Home Place of Burlington

    Home Place of Burlington

    118 Alamance Road, Burlington, NC 27215
    (1)
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    Homeplace of Burlington is centrally located between Raleigh and Winston-Salem in Burlington, North Carolina. Our community is two miles north of I-85/40 close to downtown, shopping and 3.5 miles from Alamance Regional Medical Center. Upon entering our community our comfortable interior, friendly...

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  • Best of Care Assisted Living

    Best of Care Assisted Living

    234 Northdale Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081
    (9)
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    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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  • Atria Lake Norman

    Atria Lake Norman

    140 Carriage Club Drive, Mooresville, NC 28117
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located just west of downtown Mooresville, Atria Lake Norman is a vibrant community designed to help older people enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle – and experience greater well-being. This inviting residence offers a selection of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, most with a full...

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  • Summit Place of Mooresville

    Summit Place of Mooresville

    128 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, NC 28117
    (8)
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    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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  • Morningside of Concord

    Morningside of Concord

    500 Penny Lane Northeast, Concord, NC 28025
    (14)
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    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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  • Rose Glen Manor

    Rose Glen Manor

    240 Independence Ave, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
    (3)
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    Whether for you or a loved one, Rose Glen Manor offers a caring atmosphere, an active community, and a comfortable, secure lifestyle for our residents. At Rose Glen Manor, each member of our community enjoys the opportunity to 'live life their way'. Our valued residents enjoy assistance when...

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  • The Heritage of Cedar Rock

    191 Crestview Drive, Mocksville, NC 27028
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Heritage of Cedar Rock in Mocksville NC is proud to present a wonderful assisted living community. Our gorgeous floor plans and restaurant styled dining will delight your family members as they enjoy safety and independence in their golden years. Our dedicated staff of professionals will attend...

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  • Highgrove Long Term Care

    2135 S Scales Street, Reidsville, NC 27320
    (1)
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    The Highgrove Long Term Care assisted living community resides in the Reidsville, NC area. Known as the 'North Star' of the state, this area is home to many different attractions. If you are a senior looking for a bit of excitement, then the Reidsville area has a lot to offer. The Civil War Trail is...

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  • Pulliam Family Care Home

    809 W Minneola Street, Gibsonville, NC 27249
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    The Pulliam Family Care Home is a senior care home located in the North Carolina community of Gibsonville in Alamance and Guilford counties. Boasting slightly under 7,000 residents, Gibsonville is a family-oriented community offering abundant small town charm and with plenty of activities for...

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  • Golden Years Assisted Living

    209 E. 6th Street, Burlington, NC 27215
    (1)
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    The Golden Years Assisted Living community is located in the gorgeous area of Burlington, NC. If you are in the market for an area that has a small town charm, then Burlington, NC may be just right for you. There are a number of parks and other recreation areas that will allow a senior to get out...

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  • Eastway Family Care

    108 Eastway Lane, Graham, NC 27253
    (5)
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    The Eastway Family Care is a residential care home located in rural Graham, North Carolina in Alamance County. Located just 23 miles east of Greensboro, the city of Graham offers plenty of outdoor recreation activities like golf, tennis, hiking, birdwatching and more. The city is within a few...

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Assisted Living in Winston-Salem

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living housing is intended to provide long-term basic living care for seniors. Services may include transportation, medication management, daily meals and assistance with dressing and bathing. Services offered by assisted living centers do not usually include medical care.

Many assisted living facilities offer recreational and social activities that encourage community members to interact with family and fellow tenants. Participation in recreational activities is encouraged and welcomed, but not enforced. Exercise programs, restaurant-style dining, special hobby-related classes and regular outings are an important part of most senior living communities. Many retirees enjoy a good quality of life and plenty of options for mental stimulation in assisted living housing.

What Services Are Available?

Services offered by senior living communities differ by location. However, most offer some or all of the following:

  • Daily meals
  • Private rooms
  • Common areas (both indoor and outdoor)
  • Daily or weekly housekeeping services
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Basic daily living/personal care assistance
  • Activities both onsite and offsite
  • Visiting specialists
  • Offsite devotional services
Some facilities may also offer medication management and other healthcare services. It’s essential to talk with management at each location to find out what amenities and services your parent will receive while there. Once you learn this information, it will be easier to choose a destination that most closely aligns with your parent’s preferences and needs.

What Is Senior Living Like in Winston-Salem, NC?

Winston-Salem is located within Forsyth County in North Carolina. It’s a good place to retire because the temperatures stay relatively mild year-round. The humid, subtropical climate is marked by rather mild winters and summers that don’t typically reach temperatures above 87 degrees Fahrenheit. The city was listed one of the best places to retire in the United States in 2012 by CBS MoneyWatch. It’s also conveniently located within 40 miles of the major cities Greensboro and High Point. Winston-Salem is known and respected for its healthy dedication to theater, technology research and fine arts. The city’s history is richly preserved in its historical sites and museums, including New Winston Museum, Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Bethabara Historic District.

There are plenty of public transportation options in Winston-Salem that make it easy to get around, including Greyhound bus lines, Amtrack services in nearby High Point and Winston-Salem Transit Authority bus routes.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Winston-Salem?

The average monthly assisted living cost in Winston-Salem is $3,700. This is slightly lower than the state’s overall average monthly rate of $3,842. Individual facilities may charge less or more than this, depending on the type and level of services offered and individual pricing policies. You should also know some senior living communities charge a one-time fee or additional charges that are separate from the regular monthly charge.

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Winston-Salem

Before deciding which assisted living facility will be the best fit for your parent, you should plan to do some research and learn as much as you can about the reputation and legal compliance of various locations. Some states make it easier than others to find this information. Fortunately, North Carolina has earned a high score for maintaining a database that allows people to search for regulation and licensing information for assisted living facilities in the state. Keep in mind that the site may have little to no information about previous regulatory actions the facilities have faced or inspection results.

How To Access Records

You can access the inspections, rating and penalties records for North Carolina by visiting the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website, then doing the following:

  1. Click on “Facility Inspections, Ratings and Penalties”.
  2. Choose “City” in the “Search for a Facility” box, then type “Winston-Salem” into the pop-up window that appears.
  3. Click on the name of the assisted living center you want to learn more about.
  4. Review the information, including inspection type, statements of deficiency and star ratings.
  5. This site can give you helpful information about various senior communities you’re interested in learning more about.

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

Choosing to take your parent to a senior living community is nothing you should be ashamed about. In fact, there are times when choosing this course of action is better for both you and your loved one. Here are a few indications it may be time to seriously consider placement:

  • Your parent is showing aggression: When someone has dementia, Alzheimer’s or other similar diseases, he or she may become aggressive. If your parent shows signs of aggression, it may be the right time to consider an assisted living facility.
  • Sundowning: “Sundowners syndrome” is a term that refers to increased agitation later in the day. It is common among people with Alzheimer’s and can make it challenging for you as the caretaker to make it through each day. Fortunately, senior living communities can help relieve the stress on family members who struggle to handle their parent’s sundowning symptoms.
  • Safety concerns: When a senior parent develops physical and/or mental health problems, safety often becomes a concern. If your home has stairs or other aspects that make it unsafe for your parent, it’s important to move him or her to a more secure place.
  • Wandering: If your parent starts to wander due to dementia, it’s more than just an inconvenience. Wandering can be very dangerous, especially if your loved one gets lost or ends up in an area that is unsafe. It isn’t realistic to try to keep tabs on your parent every second of every day, so if you are unable to prevent wandering occurrences, it’s probably a good time to choose an assisted living facility.
  • Too much stress: Excessive stress isn’t good for anyone and can cause you to feel resentment towards your parent. Don’t feel guilty or bad if you simply don’t have the energy to take responsibility for someone else at this time in your life. If the burden of being someone else’s caretaker is too much for you, placement in an assistant living community may be the next natural step.
Many senior living centers are committed to helping residents maintain a high quality of life through regular socialization, optional onsite or offsite activities, and assistance with daily care needs.

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Facilities?

Before deciding what assisted living community you want your parent to live in, it’s wise to schedule tours of a few of them. Call or contact A Place for Mom for help setting up a tour. That way you can see how the environments, staff, accommodations and residents all stack up against each other. After your tour is scheduled, you’ll want to write down a few questions to ask while you’re there:

  • Does the facility perform an assessment before admitting new residents?
  • Is there a wait list, and if so, how long will it be before they accept your parent?
  • What are the billing and payment policies?
  • Is there a nurse on site at all times?
  • Is the staff qualified to administer medication?
  • What kind of experience and training is required of staff members?
  • What is the discharge policy?
  • What types of apartments are available and how much do they cost?
  • Do the residents have common areas both indoors and outdoors they can enjoy?
During your tour, you’ll want to check for basic things like clean accommodations, happy tenants who look well and friendly staff members. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You want to make sure you feel very comfortable with the final decision you make regarding your parent’s new living arrangements.

Does Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

Many people wonder if Medicare will help with the costs of assisted living. Unfortunately, the federal health insurance program only covers short-term care. Examples of services covered by Medicare include short nursing home stays for rehabilitation purposes and temporary in-home therapy. The following types of long-term senior care are not covered by Medicare:

  • Assisted living facilities
  • Long-term nursing home care
  • Residential care homes
  • Any other type of long-term care
You may want to visit the Medicare website for more information about the services covered by this type of government insurance.

How Do I Make the Right Choice?

Ultimately, as long as a senior care facility offers good care to residents, is clean and healthy, and provides opportunities for recreational activities and socialization, it’s probably a good choice for your parent. For best results, here are a few mistakes you should avoid when selecting a senior living community:

  • Making the decision on your own: You should never feel pressured into choosing a senior living facility for your parent all by yourself. If you have siblings, rely on them to help you tour various locations and narrow your options. If you are an only child, you still have resources available to you, including Senior Living Advisors at A Place for Mom. We can help you find a variety of senior living communities near you for free.
  • Choosing a destination based on your preferences: It’s important to think like your parent would think when selecting a senior care facility. For example, you might prefer large rooms while your parent may care more about large common areas than the size of his or her room. Remember that you preferences and likes aren’t as important in this situation as your parent’s.
  • Failing to read the fine print: Signing a contract before reading it could end up costing you. Most assisted living contracts are transparent, but some may attempt to hide extra charges and fees. Give yourself plenty of time to read the contract in detail and consult with your attorney if you can’t understand all the legal terms.
  • Overlooking important services your parent needs: If your parent requires help with medication on a daily basis or has fragile health, you don’t want to overlook the assisted living center’s ability to provide the right level of care. Make sure it offers the services your parent requires to stay safe and comfortable.

If you need help finding out more about the many different senior living communities in Winston-Salem, A Place for Mom can help. Contact one of our experienced Senior Living Advisors to receive your free consultation.