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Situated about 33 miles west of the Atlantic coast, New Bern is a friendly, historic riverfront city where nearly 22% of the 29,994 residents are seniors aged 65 and older. Founded by Swiss colonists in 1710, New Bern was North Carolina’s first capital city, and the area is home to four historic districts and hundreds of century-old buildings. 

The city is quickly gaining popularity as a retirement destination thanks to the relatively low cost of living and the abundance of shops, services and entertainment. The New Bern Civic Theatre produces several live shows each year, and nature-lovers will enjoy exploring the city’s 25 public parks. In terms of health care services, the top-ranked CarolinaEast Health System hospital offers comprehensive emergency and acute care, including cancer, cardiovascular and rehabilitation services. 

According to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, seniors in New Bern can expect to pay an average of $3,400 per month for assisted living. Rates in New Bern are $400 below the statewide average and $900 under the nationwide average, making this area a great choice for retirees seeking affordable assisted living care. 

Take a look through our list of the 10 best assisted living facilities in the New Bern area to find a community that’s right for you and your family.

Croatan Village

Nestled along the edge of the Croatan National Forest, Croatan Village is a small 72-bed assisted living and memory care community. Residents can relax in the spacious living room, spend time outside in the garden, and enjoy sunny afternoons on the front porch. Daily exercise classes are designed to promote physical activation, and the dietitian-designed meals are served in the restaurant-style dining room.

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Brookdale New Bern

Brookdale New Bern is a well-appointed assisted living community that's handy to shops, restaurants and medical services. Designed to provide seniors with a worry-free retirement lifestyle, daily activities include outings to the New Bern Firemen's Museum, pontoon cruises on the Neuse River and crafting workshops. The keypad entry system means residents never have to worry about remembering their keys, and many of the studio, one and two-bedroom suites are equipped with kitchenettes with microwave ovens and fridges. Restaurant-style meals are served in the dining room, and all common areas are on one level. We featured Brookdale New Bern because this facility offers seniors the ideal mix of support, independence and around-the-clock security.

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Truewood by Merrill

Located near the Carolina East Health System campus, Truewood by Merrill is a pet-friendly senior living community. Residents have a wide range of daily activities to choose from, including fitness classes, organized games and volunteer opportunities. Meals are served restaurant-style on an anytime dining plan, and transportation is available to nearby shopping areas, churches and medical clinics. We included Truewood by Merrill on New Bern's 10-best list because this community is designed to promote healthy, active aging.

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Home Place of New Bern

Situated in a vibrant neighborhood filled with parks, tree-lined streets and unique shops, Home Place of New Bern is a one-level assisted living and memory care community. Residents can set their own schedule with the all-day dining program, and on-site amenities include a beauty salon, activity center and cozy fireside living room. There's a beautiful courtyard complete with bistro dining sets, and suites range in size from studios to two-bedroom, one-bath units.

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  • Scheduled transportation to local medical clinics and shops
  • Weekly worship services

The Gardens of Pamlico

Opened in 2020, The Gardens of Pamlico is a bright, modern single-story assisted living and memory care community. The large tree-lined campus is close to Minnesott Beach and the Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park, and the grounds feature raised resident garden beds and level walking paths. Daily group and one-on-one activities include crafting workshops and organized games, and local musicians and entertainers often drop by to perform for the residents.

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Carteret House

Carteret House is a comfortable, single-level assisted living community focused on providing seniors with a safe, welcoming place to call home. Resident rooms are equipped with barrier-free bathrooms, individual heating and cooling controls, and bedside emergency call buttons that connect with on-site caregivers. There's a spa and beauty salon, and plenty of common areas where residents can relax and visit with family and friends.

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Carteret Landing Assisted Living

Carteret Landing Assisted Living is a welcoming, single-story senior living community situated just down the street from Carteret Hospital near restaurants, shops, and services. The 110 residents enjoy three hearty home-style meals daily, and the semi-private and private apartments are equipped with kitchenettes, WiFi and basic cable TV. Caregivers are on-site 24 hours a day, and the facility-wide emergency call system makes it easy for seniors to call for assistance at any time.

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Brookdale Morehead City

Located close to the Walmart Supercenter just south of Highway 24, Brookdale Morehead City is a pet-friendly senior living community. All the assisted living suites are on the ground floor, so there are no stairs to navigate, and common areas include a fireside living room, cozy library and large landscaped courtyard. WiFi is available facility-wide, and residents can book the private dining room for family dinners and special occasions.

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The Village of Kinston

The Village of Kinston is an established senior living community that offers assisted living and memory care. Owned and operated by a non-profit organization, services at this facility are designed to promote independence while ensuring resident safety. Staff lead daily activity groups such as gardening clubs, arts and crafting workshops and holiday celebrations. Meals are served in the communal dining room, and snacks are always available.

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Spring Arbor of Kinston

Spring Arbor of Kinston is a friendly, supportive senior living community where residents are encouraged to make the most of each day. Innovative recreational programs such as Hearts & Harmony promote cognitive wellness through music, while the Wise & Well program focuses on physical strength, balance and fall prevention. The assisted living apartments are equipped with private barrier-free bathrooms, and memory care services are provided in the specialized memory care cottage. We featured Spring Arbor of Kinston on this 10-best list due to the wide variety of programs designed to help keep residents active and engaged.

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