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Greensboro is a mid-sized city that's part of the Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point triad and home to a branch of the University of North Carolina where seniors aged 65 and over can attend classes tuition-free. Although Greensboro has the shopping, dining and entertainment options of a typical city its size, it has a suburban feel with lots of trees and local parks. The nearby Piedmont Triad International Airport provides nonstop flights to several U.S. cities, for easy travel to and from Greensboro.
The overall cost of living in the area is just 84% of the national average, and transportation is an exceptionally good value at 73%. Greensboro has one of the most diverse populations in South Carolina, and it's home to art galleries, antique stores and many specialty gardens. Downtown highlights include the International Civil Rights Center and Museum and the circa 1927 Carolina Theatre. Because it's next to the sheltering foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greensboro has mild summers with highs in the 80s and only light snowfall each winter.
See if one of these top 10 assisted living residences in Greensboro is a good match for your needs. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Greensboro and what financial assistance programs are available.
3200 N. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27408
Morningview at Irving Park is close to banking and shopping, near several family-style restaurants and just 2.5 miles from Moses Cone Hospital. At Morningview, meals are prepared by a trained chef using fresh local ingredients and seniors are welcome to request special dishes. Recreational opportunities include cooking classes, social hours, games and excursions to local shopping and entertainment destinations. Seniors can choose between studio apartments or one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes, and housekeeping and laundry services are provided.
3504 Flint St.
Greensboro, NC 27405
There are several doctor's offices and houses of worship near Abbotswood at Irving Park, and the residence is also close to a major shopping mall and a Walmart superstore. Seniors can relax and enjoy life at Abbotswood, with housekeeping and laundry services provided by the friendly staff. There are multiple selections at each meal in the restaurant-style dining room, and residents enjoy gathering in the tastefully furnished lounge. We selected Abbotswood for inclusion on our top 10 assisted living list because of the especially attentive and caring staff.
3420 Whitehurst Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Directly behind the Westridge Square Shopping Mall and the Village Tavern Restaurant, Harmony at Greensboro rests on the edge of a residential neighborhood full of trees. Harmony is a resort-like residence with a 24-hour fitness center, a pub and bistro and an on-site beauty salon and barbershop. For assisted living, seniors can choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and some units have vaulted ceilings. Every apartment has a spacious bathroom with a walk-in shower and luxury vinyl floors. We included Harmony at Greensboro on our list because of its upscale surroundings and central location.
5809 Old Oak Ridge Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Brookdale Northwest Greensboro rests in a wooded area just 3 miles from I-73, convenient for visiting friends and family. Friendships and social get-togethers are encouraged at Brookdale, and there's a busy calendar of events. Seniors can enjoy art classes, board game tournaments and outings to destinations such as the Carolina Theatre, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the many local gardens in the area. There are plenty of opportunities to socialize and relax in the fireplace living room, the library and the on-site bistro. Brookdale Northwest Greensboro made our top 10 list because of its emphasis on helping seniors maintain relationships and stay connected.
4400 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27455
Nestled in a residential area a mile from the Greensboro Science Center, Brookdale Lawndale Park is convenient to the center's zoo, aquarium, museum and other attractions. Seniors can relax in lovely surroundings at Brookdale, with housekeeping and laundry services provided and delicious meals served daily. The comfortable family room and the covered porch are great places to socialize, and the landscaped grounds have enclosed walking paths for seniors who enjoy the outdoors. We chose to include Brookdale Lawndale Park on our list because of the attention given to senior nutrition and the availability of healthy snacks at any time of day.
1208 New Garden Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Brighton Gardens of Greensboro is centrally located and minutes from shopping, dining and the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Seniors have the opportunity to express their creativity through art, poetry and dance at Brighton Gardens, and music therapy is a popular class. Residents can also enjoy taking nature walks on the grounds, tending windowsill gardens and participating in games and activities. Each senior at Brighton Gardens receives a monthly wellness visit from a licensed nurse, and the friendly staff is happy to help with the coordination of medications.
1568 Skeet Club Road
Greensboro, NC 27265
Brookdale High Point North is less than a mile from a bank, a grocery store and the Bethany Medical Clinic. The courtyard, garden and walking paths at Brookdale provide seniors with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and the living room has a cozy fireplace and comfortable seating. Postal services are provided, Wi-Fi access is available throughout the residence, and the therapy room at Brookdale has a relaxing whirlpool tub. We included Brookdale High Point North on our list because seniors can age in place there, transitioning to memory care or skilled nursing care while keeping the same friends and staying in the same location.
5125 Michaux Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Spring Arbor Senior Living of Greensboro is minutes from Bur-Mil Park, a lakeside recreational area with walking trails and an aquatic center. At Spring Arbor, seniors can relax in the sunroom or spa and visit the on-site beauty salon and barbershop to look and feel their best. Spacious studio and one-bedroom apartments have individual climate controls and kitchenettes. Medical appointments are coordinated for each resident, and seniors have access to on-site fitness and wellness programs. Spring Arbor Senior Living was selected for our top 10 list because of the comprehensive ongoing training provided for the staff.
3896 N. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27455
Located near Lake Jeanette in North Greensboro, Carriage House Senior Living Community is in a neighborhood filled with trees. At Carriage House, seniors can enjoy game and movie nights, happy hours and opportunities to cook together in the community kitchen. Pets are welcome, and pet therapy is one of the programs offered. Seniors can also take advantage of in-house doctor visits and on-site physical therapy and rehab, and this is the reason we included Carriage House Senior Living Community on our top 10 list of assisted living residences.
1560 Skeet Club Road
High Point, NC 27265
From Brookdale Skeet Club, it's a five-minute drive to Oak Hollow Lake and Festival Park and to a major shopping plaza with an IMAX theater. But seniors can have just as much fun socializing in the residence's café and bistro, watching a blockbuster in the movie room with its large flat-screen TV or gathering around the piano, for those who love to play or listen. Seniors can choose from a variety of one- and two-bedroom floor plans at Brookdale Skeet Club, all with ample closet space and built-in emergency alert systems.
According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the cost of senior living in Greensboro is around average for major metropolitan areas across the state but assisted living and nursing home care costs are approximately $1,000 more than the state median. However, the area does have the lowest home care costs throughout North Carolina, with prices 14 percent lower than the national median.
With a monthly fee of $4,883, Greensboro's assisted living costs are the second-highest in the state, falling just behind the area's most expensive neighbor, Raleigh, where prices are $5,750 per month. The majority of cities fall around the North Carolina average of $3,693, but cities, such as Durham and Burlington, offer a much cheaper alternative for assisted living — as low as $2,800 monthly.
Home care in Greensboro is around $100 less than the North Carolina median, with monthly costs coming to $3,432. This affordable price point makes the area the most reasonable for home care costs inside the state.
In contrast, the city's nearby neighbors, Burlington and Durham, have fees around $4,000 per month. Other large metropolitan areas, such as Charlotte and Raleigh, have monthly home care costs that are a few hundred dollars less than that, but they are also a few hundred dollars higher than the state median.
Adult day care in Greensboro costs $1,278, making it one of North Carolina's more economical choices for this type of senior care. Though this price is only around $100 more than the state median, most areas throughout the state have costs that are higher than the North Carolina average, including Durham, Burlington and Charlotte.
Data from the Genworth survey suggest that though prices for adult day care in Greensboro are budget-friendly, the cheapest option throughout the state is in Fayetteville, with monthly costs 32 percent cheaper than Greensboro's prices.
Greensboro is the most expensive city in North Carolina for nursing home care, as prices for a semi-private room are $7,893 monthly. This monthly cost is almost $1,000 more than the state median, and private rooms in the area will cost even more. Greensboro's nearby neighbors of Burlington and Durham are only slightly more affordable, with costs between $7,200-$7,500.
For those looking for nursing home care on a budget, Fayetteville might be a more suitable option. Prices per month only amount to $6,144, approximately 22 percent cheaper than in Greensboro.
Medicaid is available throughout North Carolina to pay for either part or all of the health care costs for Greensboro seniors aged 65 or older (or younger if considered legally blind or disabled). Seniors who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work First Cash Assistance or State/County Special Assistance for the Aged or Disabled automatically qualify to receive Medicaid. In addition to the functional requirements, interested applicants must meet the financial requirements:
Nursing home care costs can be partially covered through Medicaid, though assisted living or home health care is hardly ever funded through Medicaid. The amount of health care costs covered through Medicaid depend on each senior's circumstances, reviewed by a caseworker at the county Department of Social Services. Additionally, many services can be financed through Medicaid, including, but not limited to:
To apply, Greensboro residents can fill out the online application or call (800) 662-7030. All applicants who qualify will receive benefits.
The statewide Medicaid program also includes two additional programs with other eligibility requirements:
Personal Care Services (PCS)
The Personal Care Services program provides assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) to senior citizens of Greensboro who currently receive Medicaid and require assistance such ADLs. ADLs are defined by the state as:
Depending on the circumstances, qualifying seniors must need help with either three of the five above mentioned activities or two of the five, with one requiring extensive aid or full dependence on another to be completed.
To receive services, a Greensboro senior can either reside in a private home or residential facility — as long as it is not a nursing home. Additionally, applicants must have documented proof of disability or illness that impedes them from completing ADLs on their own.
The costs of the PCS program are fully covered by Medicaid for qualifying seniors. Interested Greensboro residents can fill out an online application or call (919) 855-4360 and should visit the PCS program website to find out more.
Money Follows the Person
The goal of the Medicaid project Money Follows the Person program is to increase seniors' use of home and community-based services (HCBS) and aid residents in their transition to long-term care outside of a hospital, skilled nursing facility or intermediate care facility to a home setting. Participants in this program must already be receiving Medicaid benefits to be eligible.
The benefits of this program are two-fold:
To qualify for the Money Follows the Person program, Greensboro seniors must be living in some sort of institution (designated above) and be willing to move to a home. Other eligibility limits might exist. Seniors can apply online or call (855) 761-9030 for more information.
Community Alternatives for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA)
This Medicaid waiver program is North Carolina's HCBS waiver program. The CAP/DA program is intended to delay nursing home placement for seniors who reside at home but need additional care. Services inside this program are based on a case-by-case basis and can include, but are not limited to:
Additionally, this program allows Greensboro seniors to select their own caregiver and use Medicaid funds to pay for their services. This caregiver can be an adult child or another family member. The hourly rate paid to the caregiver is set by Medicaid.
To qualify, an elderly resident of Greensboro must:
Interested seniors can apply through the local lead agency, a list of which is available here. To learn more about this Medicaid waiver program, please see our more detailed guide. Seniors might wish to be aware that because this waiver program, a waiting list might be a barrier to immediate entry.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly program is an alternative to Medicaid that offers personal care services and health care, often through the local PACE center. For residents of Greensboro, the nearest PACE center is the PACE of the Triad Center. This center provides services such as therapy, meals and medical clinics. In addition to these services, the PACE program works by utilizing an interdisciplinary team of caregivers to provide a more comprehensive care plan.
To be eligible to participate in the PACE program, a senior must:
To apply for these services, residents of Greensboro should contact the local PACE center at (336) 550-4040. Following the initial phone call, a member of their staff will schedule an in-home visit to assess the needs of each senior. To find out more about the application process and eligibility, visit the local PACE center's website.
State/County Special Assistance In-Home Program for Adults (SA/IH)
The State/County Special Assistance In-Home Program for Adults (SA/IH) provides low-income Greensboro seniors with a cash supplement to help residents remain in their home. Payments are made monthly and typically range from $340-$408 per month depending on the senior's need. These funds can be used towards food, rent, transportation, utilities and much more.
Interested seniors must meet the following eligibility requirements to qualify:
Applications can be made at the Guilford County Department of Social Services. Interested seniors might wish to check out our more detailed guide for information about eligibility and other guidelines.
|Greensboro Housing Authority||(336) 275-8501||The Greensboro Housing Authority provides affordable housing to low-income seniors through the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Programs. To be eligible for these programs, a senior's (or their family's) income must not exceed the limits established by HUD. An application can be made online.|
|Gateway Plaza Apartment Complex||(336) 275-8501||The Gateway Plaza apartment complex is one of three low-income senior-specific housing complexes in Greensboro. This facility offers an on-site meal program, a weekly wellness clinic and a convenience store within the vicinity.|
|Hall Tower Apartment Complex||(336) 275-8501||The Hall Tower apartment complex is the second of two low-income senior-specific housing complexes in Greensboro. These apartments have a full kitchen and secured entrance.|
|Stoneridge Apartments||(336) 275-8501||Stonebridge apartments are the third of three low-income senior-specific housing complexes in Greensboro. These apartments are two-bedroom and have chairlifts for extra accessibility.|
|Restaurant Voucher Program||(336) 884-4816||The Senior Resources of Guilford County provides seniors aged 60 or older with restaurant vouchers to receive meals at participating restaurants. Seniors who participate in this program must attend a nutrition workshop held quarterly to maintain eligibility.|
|Shepherd’s Center of Greensboro||(336) 378-0766||The Shepherd's Center of Greensboro offers a variety of services free of charge to help Greensboro seniors aged 60 and older remain living in their homes. Two of their outreaches include the Handy Hands program, which provides minor home repairs, plumbing and electrical help, and the Transportation program, which provides volunteer drivers to help transport seniors.|
For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in North Carolina.