Known for its hometown character and historic charm, Garner is a suburban community located just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2013, it was named an All-America City for its dedication to improving its residents' quality of life by creating educational and cultural programs for all age demographics, including retirees.
With its temperate year-round climate, Garner offers a diverse range of events and activities for seniors to enjoy throughout the seasons. The area boasts over 475 acres of parkland and trails, creating an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities for active retirees to enjoy. Its downtown historic district is home to a variety of arts and cultural venues, including the Garner Performing Arts Center where seniors can take in theater performances and concerts. Low rates of violent crime and access to leading healthcare facilities mean seniors can live a comfortable and safe retirement in good health.
The overall cost of living in the Garner area is higher than the statewide average, which is also reflected in the town's cost of assisted living services. According to the Genworth 2019 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living services in Garner cost $5,325 per month, compared to an average of $4,000 seniors pay in other communities across North Carolina.
Note: Assisted living cost data wasn't available for Garner, so data for the closest city, Raleigh, was used.
If Garner sounds like the type of community where you can enjoy your retirement to the fullest, check out this list of the 10 highest ranked assisted living facilities located in the area.
Carillon Assisted Living of Garner
200 Minglewood Drive
Garner, NC 27529
Carillon Assisted Living of Garner is located just around the corner from White Deer Park Nature Center, where seniors can enjoy the scenic views or try an easy hike with friends. The facility sports a modern decor throughout, and its community rooms make it easy for seniors to interact with each other. The beautiful landscaped grounds surround the property and include a cement walking path that lets residents enjoy a stroll in the early morning or after dinner. Events are held throughout the year to foster a community spirit, including family nights, Jazz and Juleps and a Carillon Victorian Christmas Concert. These events double as fun fundraisers for the larger neighborhood surrounding Carillon Assisted Living of Garner so residents have a way to give back.
Lawndale Manor Assisted Living
601 Lakeside Drive
Garner, NC 27529
Close to Highway 70, Lawndale Manor Assisted Living makes it easy for residents to travel to appointments around Garner or go for a day of shopping downtown. The 24-hour nursing staff gives residents and their family members peace of mind, and laundry and daily housekeeping services allow residents to enjoy a retirement focused around their hobbies and relationships. Lawndale Manor Assisted Living has several amenities for its seniors, including transportation services to doctors' appointments or for errands and outings and an on-site pharmacy for easy medication management. This facility makes our top 10 list because of its comfortable, homelike feel and many amenities and activities.
Allcare Assisted Living
8319 Six Forks Road, Suite 203
Raleigh, NC 27615
Nestled in a peaceful suburban neighborhood, Allcare Assisted Living is just a short drive from downtown Raleigh, where residents can experience the city's thriving arts scene and indulge in cuisine from award-winning chefs. This intimate six-resident facility provides compassionate one-on-one care and seniors appreciate the security of 24-hour support and in-room emergency call systems. Residents enjoy three home-cooked meals daily, and the facility can accommodate special diets. Scheduled excursions to local parks and neighborhood attractions let seniors get out and about.
Sunrise at North Hills
615 Spring Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Sunrise at North Hills is conveniently located near Duke Raleigh Hospital, WakeMed Raleigh Hospital and Rex Hospital so seniors have options when it comes to medical care and providers. The busy activities schedule means residents can enjoy life enrichment activities throughout the week, including church services, a walking club, YouTube bloopers, balloon volleyball and exercise classes. Monthly wellness checks are completed for all residents to check overall health and ensure any medical conditions and medications are managed appropriately, and Sunrise at North Hills has regularly scheduled meetings for family members and residents to help ease the transition for both parties.
Brighton Gardens of Raleigh
3101 Duraleigh Road
Raleigh, NC 27612
Close to the vibrant downtown area, Brighton Gardens of Raleigh is located near local attractions and cultural opportunities such as the Museum of Arts, the fairgrounds and Crabtree Valley Mall. Three delicious meals are served every day, and residents can choose from specialized diet plans such as diabetic, low-fat and low-salt meals. Seniors also have the opportunity to order room service that they can enjoy in their apartments if they're not up to socializing. A beauty salon and barbershop are located on campus so residents can keep up with regular trims and styling, and planned social activities are available to help seniors stay active and mentally engaged.
Sunrise of Raleigh
4801 Edwards Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27612
Sunrise of Raleigh is located just a few blocks from Crabtree Valley Mall, where seniors can spend the day buying gifts or people-watching. Several hospitals are located in the surrounding area, such as Rex Hospital that is just 3 miles away for easy access to medical care, and residents can get monthly wellness checks by the licensed on-staff nurse. Seniors at Sunrise of Raleigh have the opportunity to join several clubs, including those dedicated to women's and men's interests, gardening, baking and walking, and on-site amenities include a garden and patio, group trips and daily activities for physical and mental health.
Sunrise of Cary
1206 West Chatham St.
Cary, NC 27513
Located just minutes from the city's thriving downtown, Sunrise of Cary offers residents convenient access to exciting shopping venues, arts and entertainment opportunities and the area's renowned restaurants. This pet-friendly community creates an individualized service plan for each resident that may include medical coordination, monthly wellness visits with a licensed on-site nurse and daily physical fitness activities. Seniors can choose from a variety of floor plans, and each unit includes an emergency call system. Sunrise of Cary makes our list of Top 10 assisted living facilities due to its signature Live with Purpose programs. Residents enjoy enriching pastimes such as meditation, art and interactive, music-centered activities.
Brookdale Wake Forest
611 Brooks Street
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Brookdale Wake Forest lets seniors live out their golden years in close proximity to shopping centers, restaurants and doctor's offices, giving them everything they need for a vibrant, healthy lifestyle within easy traveling distance. The beautiful landscaped grounds include a courtyard where residents can enjoy the scenery and fresh air alone or with friends. The facility has a full calendar of activities, including organized shopping trips, board games with friends, flower arranging classes, ice cream socials and movie matinees, so residents have plenty to do indoors as well. Brookdale Wake Forest has a cozy homelike feel, and apartments include individual climate controls for optimal comfort.
Bright Horizon Senior Care
1405 Falls Church Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Located in a quiet, residential neighborhood, Bright Horizon Senior Care assisted living facility has a comfortable homelike feel. A full-time activities director ensures its residents stay active and engaged with planned events such as monthly outings, social events, spiritual activities and exercise classes. Trained caregivers are available to help residents with medication management and to provide assistance with daily activities, and a nurse is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies. Residents at Bright Horizon Senior Care assisted living facility can also take advantage of on-site amenities such as cable TV, internet access, dedicated parking spaces and laundry facilities.
Brookdale MacArthur Park
111 MacArthur Drive
Cary, NC 27513
Live a luxurious life at Brookdale MacArthur Park. Located just a few miles from Fred G. Bond Metro Park, this facility makes it easy for seniors to enjoy bird-watching or a scenic walk along the hiking trails through the park. A party space is available for residents who like to host parties or get-togethers with family and friends. The computer room lets seniors stay connected to distant loved ones through email correspondence and social media, and other on-site amenities include a TV room, resident transportation, a beauty and barber shop and resident parking. Housekeeping and laundry services let residents enjoy the best parts of maintenance-free living.