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Page Reviewed / Updated – March 15, 2023

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Forest City is a small North Carolina town of just under 7,400 people, 18% of whom are seniors aged 65 and over. It’s one of the oldest towns in western North Carolina, and its historic streets are lined with period homes and landmarks. Located not far from Charlotte for shopping and day trips, the town has been voted the No. 1 Christmas town in the greater Asheville, NC, area for its citywide decorations and festive downtown. 

Forest City can be attractive for seniors thanks to its mild climate and low violent crime rate. North Carolina is generally a welcoming place for seniors on a budget, as the state does not tax Social Security benefits and the sales tax is kept to just under 5% for most purchases. The cost of living is also fairly low in Forest City, with transportation and housing well below the national averages.

Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey doesn’t record local costs of long-term care in Forest City, but it does have the cost of care in nearby Spartanburg, South Carolina. Assisted living here costs just $3,600 a month, which is $900 less than the $4,500 nationwide average. This is also below the $4,010 average for the rest of North Carolina. Even in Charlotte, assisted living averages $4,400 a month, which is $800 more than in Forest City.

Note: Data for Forest City was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Spartanburg, was used instead.

This guide lists the 10 best assisted living facilities in Forest City, NC, to help seniors and their families make a good choice for long-term senior care.

Brookdale Forest City

Brookdale Forest City has companion suites, as well as studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments for its residents. Rooms have their own kitchenettes, and a spacious dining room offers shared dining for three meals a day. Residents share a beauty and barber shop, computer room, garden and patio area and a well-equipped fitness room. Staff support residents with medication management, special diet menus and complimentary housekeeping and laundry for clothing. Rooms at Brookdale Forest City are wired for cable, and guests are welcome at meal times. Brookdale Forest City earns a spot on this list for winning the No. 1 spot for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power in 2022.

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Brookdale Shelby

Brookdale Shelby's studio, one-bedroom and companion suites have in-room kitchenettes and free basic cable. The restaurant-style dining room serves three meals a day, with snacks available throughout the day, and both low-salt and low-fat menus are available. Shared facility amenities include a beauty and barber shop, party space where special events can be celebrated and free resident and guest parking. Outdoor get-togethers are held on the spacious garden and patio area, and guests are welcome for meals. A staff nurse oversees medication management and pharmacy services, as well as helping the resident care team coordinate with the private medical provider for residents who need continuity of care.

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TerraBella Shelby

TerraBella Shelby serves three meals a day in its shared dining hall downstairs, but the studio and one-bedroom apartments are equipped with their own kitchens and kitchenettes for preparing meals at home. Facility amenities include a computer room and TV lounge, outdoor garden and patio areas and free resident and guest parking. Companion suites are available at TerraBella Shelby. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the facility, and the spa makes a great place for residents to relax. Beauty and barber services are provided onsite, and all pets are allowed. Memory care staff at TerraBella use the proprietary SHINE program for keeping residents mentally alert, which is what gets this facility a spot on our list.

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Shelby Manor

The staff at Shelby Manor keep residents engaged with a full calendar of fun social events and organized activities, such as arts and crafts, lectures and life enrichment programs. Live and virtual entertainment events are conducted in the spacious activities room or viewed on the big screen in the TV lounge. All-inclusive care packages include medication management, 24/7 caregiver assistance and special meals as needed. Shelby Manor has a private spa for residents' relaxation and a beauty and barber shop to look after their personal care. The rustic front porch area has enough outdoor furniture to host open-air get-togethers, and there are space heaters for evenings when it gets chilly.

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Summit Place of Kings Mountain

Summit Place of Kings Mountain has a spacious dining hall, as well as room service and in-room kitchenettes for private meals at home. Amenities include a computer room, TV room, beauty and barber shop and party space. Residents can study, read and play games together in the library or have an impromptu outdoor get-together in the landscaped garden and patio area. Special events and recurring classes, such as discussion groups, a book club and Wii Sports, help keep residents active and engaged. Residents can exercise in the fitness room, learn arts and crafts in the activities room or take up gardening in the yard.

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  • Studio and one- or two-bedroom apartments, as well as companion suites
  • Home sale assistance, financial advice and VA benefits consultation

Somerset Court of Cherryville

Somerset Court of Cherryville has studio apartments and companion suites, where residents can live independently or with memory care support if they need the extra services. Shared amenities include a beauty and barber shop and a spacious restaurant-style dining room where special meals can be served for seniors with medical or cultural dietary needs. Housekeeping and linen service are available. In 2022, Somerset Court earned a rare four-star rating for getting two consecutive deficiency-free surveys from the state of North Carolina and top-tier findings from the county Department of Social Services, earning this community a place in our top-10 list.

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Wesley Court Assisted Living Community

The seniors who call Wesley Court Assisted Living Community home get a lot of support from the large and well-trained staff. Beauty and barber services are provided in the on-site parlor, and housekeeping, linen and laundry services are available. Physical therapy and skilled nursing services are a regular part of the care environment at Wesley Court, as are music, organized games, religious services and storytelling events in the library, which is also where the book club meets weekly. Residents can get together in the TV room, the spacious garden and patio areas or in the party space adjacent to the main dining room.

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Lakewood Assisted Living

Lakewood Assisted Living has all-inclusive rent that includes transportation, shared meals in the dining room and a range of health services, including physical and occupational therapy, medication management and memory care provided by staff trained to meet the needs of seniors with dementia. Respite care and hospice are also available at Lakewood Assisted Living. Staff regularly organize offsite activities, and back at the facility, residents can enjoy special occasions in the roomy party space. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are equipped with kitchenettes, private bathrooms and individually operated climate controls.

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Pacifica Senior Living Skylyn

Seniors who choose assisted living at Pacifica Senior Living Skylyn have access to a strong continuity of care spectrum that includes nursing home services and memory care. Studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments are all available, as are companion suites. Rooms have their own kitchens, or meals can be shared in the dining room in the main facility. Room service is available for residents who would like to take a meal at home. Shared spaces at Pacifica Senior Living Skylyn include a beauty and barber shop, party space and garden and patio with outdoor furniture and space for special occasions.

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Woodland Place Senior Living

The rooms at Woodland Place Senior Living have their own private bathrooms, climate controls and in-room kitchenettes and are wired for basic cable and high-speed internet service. Shared spaces at Woodland Place include a TV room and party space, beauty and barber shop and restaurant-style dining room for sharing meals. Extensive medical and therapeutic services are provided, including skilled nursing, medication management and pharmacy services. Staff organize offsite activities for residents, as well as in-house events such as music and games, gardening and regular lectures, discussion groups and religious services.

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