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Page Reviewed / Updated – March 10, 2023

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Morganton is a largely residential community of 17,500 people who live in the high country northwest of Charlotte, NC. Nearly 21% of Morganton’s residents are seniors aged 65 and over, which is well above the national average. Seniors who live here enjoy a safe community with low rates of violent crime and generally mild weather with warm summers.

The cost of living in Morganton is significantly lower than the national average, especially for transportation and groceries, which is a big plus for seniors on a budget. North Carolina is generally tax friendly for seniors. The state doesn’t tax Social Security benefits, and the 5% sales tax helps keep costs relatively low for most goods.

Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey shows that assisted living prices in Morganton average $3,523 a month, which is nearly $1,000 less than the national average. Costs in nearby cities tend to be higher than in Morganton, such as Charlotte ($4,400) and Asheville ($4,998).

Note: Data for Morganton was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Hickory, was used instead.

This guide lists the top 10 facilities in the area to help seniors and their families with the search for a great assisted living community.

The Berkeley

The Berkeley is a large Colonial-style complex that earns a spot on our list in part for its positive online reviews. Residents here enjoy restaurant-style dining in the spacious dining room and home-cooked meals when they prefer to use their in-room kitchenettes. Utilities are included for all residents, and the rooms all have individual private bathrooms, climate controls and basic cable TV. A library, theater, and arts and crafts studio provide space for life-enrichment activities. Social hours see residents gathering in the common areas for live entertainment, games, puzzles and talks from special guests, who are regularly booked to appear. Pharmacy services and therapy are provided on-site by the 24/7 caregiving staff.

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Brookdale Lenoir

Brookdale Lenoir makes our list for winning the #1 in Customer Satisfaction award from J.D. Power in 2022. Seniors here have a choice between roomy studio apartments and companion suites. They can take their meals in the shared dining room or in their rooms. Shared spaces include a beauty and barber shop, garden and patio space, party room for special occasions, and a large and well-stocked library. Religious services are available for those who would like them, and a well-equipped fitness center helps keep residents physically fit. Low-fat and low-salt diets are supported in the restaurant-style dining room, where special menus are prepared by professional kitchen staff, along with snacks available anytime. New residents are encouraged to move in with their pets.

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Brookdale Hickory Northeast

The 65-and-over residents of Brookdale Hickory Northeast form a small community that shares regular religious services and physical exercise in the fitness center. Staff organize a full calendar of off-site activities, to which transportation is provided. Services available at Brookdale Hickory Northeast include medication management and limited therapy sessions. All of the studio apartments and companion suites at this facility are wired for basic cable TV, and they come equipped with an in-room kitchenette for preparing meals at home. Shared meals are served in the dining room downstairs, and a party space is available for special occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries. Common spaces include a garden and patio, beauty and barber shop and the library, where community events are held.

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Brookdale Falling Creek

The studio and 1-bedroom apartments available at Brookdale Falling Creek include their own private bathrooms, climate controls and in-room kitchenettes for preparing private meals. Common areas of the facility include a barber shop, party space and patio, which has outdoor furniture for evenings in the open air. The landscaped grounds also include a community garden, where residents are encouraged to try out their green thumb. Brookdale Falling Creek is a secure facility with a security gate and 24-hour video monitoring. Residents can relax together in the spa, or they can return home to watch the basic cable TV every room is connected to. Guests are welcome at meal times.

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Kingston Residence of Hickory

Voted one of America's 10-best places to live for seniors, Kingston Residence of Hickory offers residents their choice between studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. Each has its own kitchen or kitchenette, though meals are also shared in the main dining room or delivered via room service. A private dining room is also available for special occasions. Shared amenities include a barber shop, garden and patio, and a library, where the book club meets. Financial advice is provided by experienced administrative staff and can include home sale assistance and financial aid to maintain continuity of care. Dressing, grooming and other personal care is provided by trained staff caregivers who are on call 24 hours a day. Kingston Residence of Hickory also offers complimentary concierge service.

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Trinity Village

The studio apartments at Trinity Village have their own kitchenettes, climate controls and basic cable TV. This is a secured facility, and residents are protected by a 24-hour security gate and emergency call system that summons help within minutes. Shared spaces at Trinity Village include a fitness room and beauty parlor, where barber services are also available. Religious services, respite care and medication management are provided for all residents who need them, as is meal preparation assistance. Staff members can also help walk residents' pets, which are welcome at Trinity Village.

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Springs of Catawba

The all-inclusive services at Springs of Catawba include an individual plan of care and access to the trained professionals that form each residents' personal care team. Studio apartments and companion suites make up the bulk of the housing options at this facility, where meals are served three times daily in the restaurant-style dining room. A private dining room is also available to be booked. Residents at Springs of Catawba share a garden and patio area, beautifully landscaped grounds and countless community activities, including games, music, dancing and a popular arts and crafts program for life enrichment. Rooms at Springs of Catawba all have cable, and an electronic call system helps keep residents safe at home.

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TerraBella Newton

TerraBella Newton is an assisted living facility in Newton, NC, conveniently located off of Highway 70. Meals are served three times a day in the shared dining room, though room service is also available to residents' apartments, which are equipped with their own kitchens and kitchenettes. Companion suites are available for residents who need them. Entertainment options include in-room cable TV, a shared TV room, computer room, and the books and games in the library. Residents gather in the warm evenings on the patio, which is adjacent to the carefully tended garden. Resident and guest parking is available on-site. Residents' personal care needs are seen to in the barber shop, and they can also relax in the spa.

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Cambridge House

Cambridge House is located in Hildebran, NC, just 20 minutes from Morganton and close to several opportunities for leisure, like restaurants and Hildebran Park. Residents frequently share group outings into the surrounding community and curated social hours at home, as special guest speakers and live entertainment are invited in to share time with the community. Complimentary room service and shared meals are provided, as are basic utilities, housekeeping and maintenance. Shared spaces include a handicap-accessible library, fitness room and restaurant-style dining room. Cambridge House also has a spacious outdoor patio and garden area, salon and barber shop indoors, and a game room for arts and crafts and other special events.

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