Nursing Homes in North Carolina

Whether you prefer laid-back beach towns, mountain hikes, or something in between, North Carolina has something to offer — and that’s what makes it an ideal retirement destination. The Outer Banks region along the state’s eastern coast is a popular tourist spot, featuring lighthouses, beaches, and countless other aquatic activities. It’s also home to Kitty Hawk, the seaside town where the Wright brothers made their historic first airplane flight. Then, on North Carolina’s western edge is where the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains run through the state. Peppered throughout all of North Carolina are small yet vibrant college towns like Asheville and Chapel Hill, along with larger metropolitan areas like Charlotte. Add mild weather and low property taxes to the mix, and it’s clear why the Tar Heel State has one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States.

There are more than 170 nursing homes in North Carolina. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in North Carolina to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.

The median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in North Carolina is about $7,700, according to Genworth.

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North Carolina Nursing Home Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.

Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in North Carolina.

In North Carolina, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in North Carolina is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 94
  • Groceries: 97
  • Housing: 83
  • Utilities: 98
  • Transportation: 93

Demographics

About 15% of North Carolina’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, North Carolina leaned slightly conservative. However, many of its counties with college towns and larger cities, like Raleigh and Greensboro, tend to be more progressive.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 46% voted Democratic
  • 50% voted Republican
  • 4% voted third party or abstained

Population

  • Median age: 39
  • Over the age of 55: 29%
  • 2018 population: 10,383,620
  • 2020 population: 10,612,991
  • Estimated 2025 population: 11,208,833

Miscellaneous

  • 39% regularly attend a religious service
  • 27% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 15,737 congregations
  • There are 635 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

North Carolina’s climate is mainly divided into two sections, with most of the state classified as humid subtropical, and the far western area with higher elevations classified as the subtropical highland variety of oceanic climate. This means the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold winters, although temperatures tend to be mild throughout the year and less extreme compared to most of the country. Humidity is usually higher along the state’s eastern border with the Atlantic Ocean, whereas the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains in the western part of state bring slightly cooler temperatures and drier weather.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 71%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 9” (July)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 36 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 45 in April (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 59F
  • Average summer temperature: 76°F
  • Typical summer high: 92°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 53°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 41°F
  • Typical winter high: 62°F (December)
  • Typical winter low: 19°F (January)

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