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Get Pricing & Availability for Assisted Living in Morehead City, NC

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Page Reviewed / Updated – December 15, 2022

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Morehead City, North Carolina, is a small coastal town in Carteret County bordering the Newport River. Seniors can take advantage of the many parks and museums or catch one of the local collegiate baseball games. Home to a thriving waterfront community, the downtown area offers plenty of restaurants, antique shops, art galleries and a community theater. 

With a high percentage of seniors, at 21.5%, Morehead City is a popular place for retirees to settle down. Its relatively low cost of living is ideal for older adults seeking a budget-friendly area. Seniors also enjoy pleasant weather with mild temperatures and little snow accumulation compared to the rest of the state. This makes for lovely strolls along the waterfront or enjoyable outings to experience the town’s many cultural amenities, such as galleries and museums. Older adults also have access to high-quality medical care through Carteret Health Care. Ranked as a Rural & Community Top Hospital, the facility is a leading provider in the area for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, Morehead City seniors pay an average of $3,645 per month for assisted living care. This is $365 less than North Carolina’s average cost of $4,010 and around $850 less than the national median of $4,500. In Raleigh, the state’s capital, older adults pay a higher monthly rate of $5,388, while those in Charlotte spend $4,400 per month, making Morehead City a significantly more affordable option. 

Note: Data for Morehead City was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, New Bern, was used instead. 

Check out our list of the best 10 assisted senior living communities in Morehead City to help make your final decision.

Carteret Landing Assisted Living

Located just minutes away from Carteret Health Care, Carteret Landing is a beautiful, state-of-the-art assisted living facility with 110 beds. Residents can choose from a variety of studio apartments, companion suites and shared or private rooms with tiled bathrooms, walk-in closets and independently controlled heating and cooling. Daily social activities are available, such as card clubs, wellness programs or planned outings to restaurants and community events. Three restaurant-style meals are served each day in an elegant dining room.

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  • Utilities, such as electricity, water, cable and Wi-Fi at no additional charge
  • In-house maintenance, weekly housekeeping and laundry services

Brookdale Morehead City

Brookdale Morehead City is a short drive from famed beaches and the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Seniors can choose from a wide variety of pet-friendly housing options, including studios, companion suites and one- or two-bedroom apartments. Trained staff are available to assist with personal care needs, such as medication management, grooming and dressing. Residents also have access to a courtyard and garden for outdoor recreation, as well as a library, porch and fireside living room.

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  • Resident transportation and parking for guests
  • Personal Solutions program that delivers items such as toothpaste, soap and hearing aid batteries to resident's front doors

Carteret House

Carteret House is located along the coastal region, offering residents the beauty of beach life and small community charm. Services are tailored to each person, promoting independence and individuality, and dedicated 24-hour caregivers assist residents with medication management and other daily tasks. Seniors enjoy a resort-style environment with amenities such as restaurant-style dining, a movie theater, a library, and a salon and spa. Activities and social outings are held daily with options from physical fitness to arts and crafts.

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  • Multiple dining options, including shared meals or a private dining room
  • On-site therapy and pharmacy services

The Landings of Swansboro

At the Landings of Swansboro, seniors enjoy an all-inclusive lifestyle where quality care is offered in a comfortable and engaging environment. Each resident receives individualized assistance with daily living tasks, such as personal care, transportation and medication management. Seniors can take advantage of a busy activity program schedule that includes crafts, card games, live entertainment and celebrations for special occasions. Three meals and snacks are served each day in the facility's dining areas.

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  • On-site private spa, beauty salon and barbershop
  • Beautiful common areas for socialization

The Cottages of Swansboro

Located in a quaint coastal town, The Cottages of Swansboro is a family-owned and operated assisted living facility close to several parks, restaurants and shops. Residents enjoy large, fully furnished private bedrooms and bathrooms and daily housekeeping and linen services. Scheduled transportation is provided for planned activities and social outings. Multiple on-site activities are available daily, such as group exercises, bingo, arts and crafts, knitting classes, live music and walks around a beautifully landscaped courtyard. Delicious, home-cooked meals are served in a family-oriented dining atmosphere.

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  • Visiting physician at no extra cost
  • On-site community center for group activities and celebrations

Croatan Village

Located on the edge of the Croatan National Forest and just minutes from the waterfront, Croatan Village is ideal for seniors who love the outdoors. This 72-bed assisted living facility offers a variety of housing options, from one-bedroom apartments to private suites with bathrooms and individual temperature controls. Three nutritious meals are served daily, either restaurant-style or in a private dining room. Residents enjoy a wide range of activities, such as daily exercise, bingo, special events and happy hour on the front porch.

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  • Internet cafe where residents can stay in touch with friends and family
  • Emergency call bells in each residential suite and bathroom for staff assistance

Brookdale New Bern

Just minutes away from several restaurants, shops and churches, Brookdale New Bern was added to our list because it offers residents customized services in a comfortable community environment. Residents have the freedom to make their own choices, from housing options to dining services. Living spaces range from studio apartments to private cottages offering plenty of closet space and natural light. Seniors can request their favorite recipes at mealtimes and enjoy snacks or coffee throughout the day. A rotating schedule of activities is available daily, such as yoga, cardio classes, table games, cooking workshops, dance classes and happy hour gatherings.

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  • Signature programs that educate residents on topics from technology to health
  • Pet-friendly housing with daily check-ins and concierge services

The Viridian

The Viridian is located on beautifully landscaped grounds just a short drive from a golf club and several stores. Residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle and assistance with activities of daily living, including medication management, transportation and personal care. Housing options range from studio to two-bedroom apartments with private kitchenettes and full-service housekeeping. Seniors also have access to daily activities, such as cooking, yoga, book clubs, religious services, gardening and a fitness room. Live entertainment and celebrations for special occasions are also provided.

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Truewood by Merrill, New Bern

Truewood by Merrill is near a variety of health care providers, restaurants and a golf club. Residents receive customized care depending on their needs and three meals a day in a shared dining room, and seniors have access to an activities calendar full of community events and social, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. Each room comes with cable TV and Wi-Fi as well as housekeeping and laundry services. An on-site beauty salon and barbershop is also available.

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  • Several housing options, including studios, one- or two-bedroom apartments and companion suites
  • A fitness room and religious services

Home Place of New Bern

At Home Place of New Bern, residents enjoy beautiful apartments with services tailored to what they need most. Residents can choose from one-bedroom apartments to deluxe private suites. We've included Home Place because it was recognized as one of the country's best assisted living facilities by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Senior Living” ratings for 2022–2023. On-site, residents can find a spacious activity center, a full-service barber and beauty salon, and numerous social or recreational events. Housing options are pet-friendly, and mealtime guests are always welcome.

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  • Restaurant-style dining served by a celebrity chef
  • On-site outpatient rehabilitation and fitness training