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Get Pricing & Availability for Assisted Living in Cary, NC

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Cary is located in the Raleigh-Cary metro area, providing access to several major roadways and nationally ranked hospitals, such as Duke University Hospital and UNC Medical Center. Its overall cost of living is about 15% higher than the national average and 25% higher than the state median, but retiree-friendly tax laws and programs, such as the Optional State Supplementation Program, may help those with limited incomes afford local living expenses. On average, seniors in Cary pay $5,388 per month for assisted living, which is high compared to state and national medians.

This guide provides comprehensive information on assisted living services in Cary, including details on how monthly residential care rates compare to other local long-term care options within the city and top options for paying for care. It also highlights the rules assisted living facilities follow and lists resources that provide free and low-cost services to older adults in the region.

The Cost of Assisted Living and Care in Cary, NC

The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey indicates that Cary is among the most expensive cities in North Carolina to obtain care in. On average, seniors in this city pay $5,388 per month for care, compared to the state and national medians of $4,010 and $4,500, respectively.

Cary’s proximity to Raleigh accounts for its high assisted living costs, so living farther from the metro area may help seniors save money on care costs. In Goldsboro, about 60 miles from Cary, rates are considerably lower at $2,700. Assisted living facilities in Burlington charge $3,325, and in Durham, rates are higher but still several hundred dollars lower than Cary at $4,800. In Wilmington, assisted living rates are comparable to Cary’s at $5,254.

  • Cary: $5,388 
  • North Carolina: $4,010 
  • United States: $4,500 
  • Goldsboro: $2,700 
  • Burlington: $3,325 
  • Durham: $4,800 
  • Wilmington: $5,254 

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Cary, NC 

Seniors in Cary pay $5,388 per month for assisted living. In-home care and home health care cost a little less at $4,957 but may not be as affordable as assisted living for those with housing, utility and grocery bills. Nursing home care costs a little more than residential care at $6,996 for shared rooms and $7,604 for private rooms. Adult day health care costs the least at $1,300.

  • In-Home Care: $4,957 
  • Home Health Care: $4,957 
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,300 
  • Assisted Living Facility: $5,388 
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate rooms): $6,996 
  • Nursing Home Facility (private rooms): $7,604 

Note: Data for Cary was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Raleigh, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Cary, NC

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Cary, NC

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in North Carolina.

Free Resources for Seniors in Cary, NC

The Cary region has numerous resources that help older adults obtain affordable residential long-term care. The following table highlights local agencies and programs that help seniors research budget-friendly assisted living communities and find ways to pay for services when retirement income isn’t enough.




Cary Senior Center 

(919) 469-4081 

The Cary Senior Center has an array of social and recreational programs for those aged 55 and over. It also provides a variety of informational programs, including health insurance options counseling and the Cary Senior Tech Ed Help Desk, which provides free instruction on how to operate smartphones, computers and social media platforms.

Triangle J Area Agency on Aging 

(919) 549-0551 

The Triangle J Area Agency on Aging serves those aged 60 and over in Cary and the surrounding region through information and referrals, options counseling and direct services, such as transportation and congregate meals. The agency administers the statewide Senior Health Insurance Program, which provides free, impartial Medicare information and advice through trained volunteers. Through this program, seniors get answers to questions regarding their Medicare coverage and help with comparing private health insurance options, including Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans, which can help them find ways to obtain affordable residential care.

Legal Aid NC 

(919) 856-2564 

Legal Aid NC provides free civil legal advice and assistance with age-related issues, such as applying for public benefits, resolving consumer debt problems and understanding long-term care contracts. It can help with submitting appeals for denied health insurance claims or denied coverage and settle problems with benefits overpayment. The office can also help seniors review assisted living contracts to understand payment obligations and intake and discharge procedures.

Resources for Seniors 

(919) 713-1556 

Resources for Seniors is a regional nonprofit organization. It operates senior centers throughout the region and has information and referral specialists who help older adults connect with community-based services. 

Wake County Veterans Services 

(919) 268-7456 

The Wake County Veterans Services Office has trained advisers who help older veterans and their dependents determine whether they qualify for benefits that may help cover long-term care, including disability compensation, veterans’ and survivors’ pensions and Aid and Attendance. The office can also help veterans connect with free and low-cost services in the community, such as transportation and emergency financial assistance programs. Cary seniors in Chatham County obtain these services through their county’s Veterans Services Office, which they can reach at (919) 545-8334. 

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Cary, NC

Assisted Living Communities in Cary are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Cary, NC

Sunrise of Cary

Conveniently located less than five miles from WakeMed Cary Hospital, Sunrise of Cary, offers assisted living and memory care. Kitchenettes are included with all of the studios, companion, one and two-bedroom suites. Residents receive daily trash removal and weekly housekeeping so they can concentrate on living their best life. Monthly wellness visits from a licensed nurse and up to three nutritious meals a day keep everyone healthy. With ongoing group excursions and daily physical, creative, educational and recreational activities, seniors at this assisted living community have plentiful opportunities to discover rewarding hobbies and socialize with like-minded companions.

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  • Ongoing group excursions
  • Daily physical, creative, educational and recreational activities

Brookdale MacArthur Park

Brookdale MacArthur Park is located on a quiet, tree-lined street near Bond Lake in Cary. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the pet-friendly community, and residents are permitted to bring their own furnishings and decor from home. For fresh air, seniors can stroll through the landscaped grounds or visit the courtyard, garden and all-season sunroom. There are many indoor common areas, including a library and game room. Seniors can prepare meals in the community kitchen, grab a quick bite in the bistro or host parties in the private dining room.

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  • Landscaped grounds, courtyard, garden, and all-season sunroom
  • Bistro or private dining room for parties

HeartFields at Cary

At HeartFields at Cary, seniors can lead an active lifestyle while receiving the care they need. Located in the city's Triangle area, residents have access to a number of shops, restaurants and cultural attractions. Caring staff members are available to provide assistance with activities of daily living, transportation and medication reminders, and the facility is home to the largest rehabilitation center of any assisted living facility in Wake County. HeartFields' Lifestyle360 program offers a holistic approach to senior living that targets five separate dimensions of wellness. Residents can participate in their choice of diverse activities, including exercise classes, movie nights, pet therapy and speaker series, as well as local outings, shopping trips and volunteer opportunities.

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Woodland Terrace

Woodland Terrace is located in Cary, a suburb of Raleigh. We included this community because visitors speak highly of its large, well-manicured grounds. The 22-acre property features several courtyards, a lake and walking trails. With an on-site fitness center and pool, residents have plenty of opportunities to get active. Other amenities include a library, salon and country kitchen. Each studio and one-bedroom apartment has a private bathroom and in-unit kitchenette, and some floor plans have screened porches. Utilities, standard cable and weekly housekeeping are included. An emergency call system and regular wellness checks help keep seniors safe.

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Avendelle on Maynard

Located in Cary, a suburb of Raleigh, Avendelle on Maynard provides assisted living care in a homelike setting. The residence is home to up to six seniors, each with their own private bedroom and bathroom. To keep residents safe, each room is equipped with motion sensor technology. Residents share several common areas for living, activities and dining. With a fenced-in backyard, the secure facility lets seniors spend time outdoors in a secure environment. There is also a screened porch where seniors can relax with visitors and other residents.

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Glenaire is a Presbyterian-sponsored retirement community helping seniors keep their vitality. The lovely campus is surrounded by natural beauty, and residents can soak up North Carolina's brilliant sunshine while taking a stroll on the walking paths and through the gardens. Campus security and a 24-hour emergency response system gives residents peace of mind. With appliance maintenance, landscaping and weekly housekeeping assistance, seniors have more time to paint, play card games, swim in the pool or socialize with others in the community.

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Waltonwood Cary Parkway

Waltonwood Cary Parkway is a senior living community providing around-the-clock care in a safe, secure environment. Pet-friendly one and two-bedroom accommodations are available that feature kitchenettes and emergency call systems. In addition to receiving assistance with activities of daily living, residents have access to physical and occupational therapy. A suite of convenient amenities, including a library, spa, swimming pool, computer room and beauty/barbershop, are included in the monthly fee. With its diverse daily activities and group excursions, Waltonwood Cary Parkway makes it easy for seniors to maintain an active lifestyle. We included Waltonwood Cary Parkway in this list because of its extensive amenities and robust activities calendar.

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Chatham Commons

Located just a few blocks away from downtown Cary, Chatham Commons provides a comfortable, home-like environment for its assisted living residents. Each resident room has cable TV and individual climate control, and residents are allowed to bring their own furniture and decor. Thanks to the full-service housekeeping, residents have plenty of time to enjoy the private spa, beauty salon and other on-site amenities. Transportation is provided to medical appointments and other destinations, but on-call physician services are also available.

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Livewell - Cary

LiveWell - Cary is a small assisted living facility serving up to eight seniors aged 55 or older. Thanks to the intimate environment, there's an opportunity for residents and staff to get to know one another. Off-the-beaten-path activities include drum circles, nature walks and on-site flexibility and fitness class. Things really heat up in cooking class, and off-site entertainment and sports activities provide fun and a change of scenery. Computer training, games and movies are some of the ways residents socialize and connect with one another.

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  • Drum circles, nature walks, on-site flexibility and fitness class
  • Cooking class and computer training

Sunrise at North Hills

Sunrise at North Hills is located in a bustling community only minutes from downtown Raleigh, and the facility plans regular outings so seniors can enjoy the area's vibrant dining and shopping opportunities. Resident-sponsored clubs and daily scheduled activities provide many ways for seniors to explore their interests and stay active and engaged. The facility offers on-site movies, discussion groups, weekly social events and a wide array of exercise classes. Sunrise at North Hills serves three restaurant-style meals each day with a choice of entrees, and all the food is cooked from scratch. Seniors can choose a studio, one- or two-bedroom apartment or a companion suite, and several floor plans are available.

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