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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

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Seniors looking for an affordable city to retire on the East Coast will find a slightly greater-than-average cost in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the cost of living is 2% higher than the national average. However, several cost-saving programs offered through the state, including a voucher program, are available to help lessen seniors’ expenses. Additionally, seniors will find savings in healthcare and transportation costs. Assisted living in Raleigh costs an average of $5,388 per month, 25% higher than the state average and 16% higher than the national average. Within the state of North Carolina, Social Security income is not taxed; however, withdrawals from retirement accounts and pension incomes are fully taxed.

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Raleigh, NC, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Raleigh, as well as average costs for other types of care. Additionally, find a list of free and low-cost services that provide seniors with a variety of assistance in their communities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Raleigh, NC

According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living in Raleigh, North Carolina costs about $5,388 per month, which is $1,378 more than the state average and $888 more than the national average. In neighboring Durham, the cost averages $4,800. Greensboro residents pay around $3,800 per month, while Charlotte residents pay an average of $4,400 per month. Seniors can find considerable savings in Jacksonville, where the cost is $3,600 per month, or in Fayetteville at $3,000 per month.

  • U.S. average: $4,500
  • North Carolina average: $4,010
  • Raleigh: $5,388
  • Fayetteville: $3,000
  • Durham: $4,800
  • Greensboro: $3,800
  • Charlotte: $4,400
  • Winston-Salem: $4,923
  • Jacksonville: $3,600

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Raleigh, NC

Assisted living costs $5,388 per month, but additional options are available with both higher and lower costs. In-home care and home health care both cost about $4,957 per month. Adult day health care is a significant saving for seniors who only need supervision during the day at a monthly cost of $1,300. Nursing homes and skilled nursing offer 24-hour care and have the highest average at $6,996 for a semiprivate room.

  • Assisted Living: $5,388
  • In-Home Care: $4,957
  • Home Health Care: $4,957
  • Adult Day Care: $1,300
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $6,996
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $7,604

Sunrise at North Hills

Sunrise at North Hills is a large assisted living facility located roughly 6 miles north of downtown Raleigh, near the country club, cinema and many stores. Residents are encouraged to stay active every day with light exercise, brain games and other stimulating activities. Barbecues and birthday parties are frequent events, and staff arrange group outings to restaurants, movies and nearby attractions. Memory care is provided in the Reminiscence Neighborhood for seniors with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

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Sunrise of Cary

Sunrise of Cary provides assisted living and memory care in a modern, bright and spacious community west of Raleigh. The outdoor areas are landscaped with walking trails and comfortable chairs to take advantage of the North Carolina climate. Residents can go on scheduled trips for shopping, dining and entertainment and also stay busy while at home with hobby groups, games and fitness classes. We ranked Sunrise of Cary in the top 10 for its in-depth meal options.

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  • CareConnect health system updates family and physicians electronically
  • Close to airport and Research Triangle

Sunrise of Raleigh

Sunrise of Raleigh is in a convenient location northwest of the city center, near major roadways and under 2 miles from UNC REX Hospital. Assisted living and memory care are provided in separate wings with appropriate staff on duty 24/7, and short-term stays are available. Indoor and outdoor common areas are well-designed and easy to navigate, including the large backyard patio with umbrellas and chairs. The Sunrise Signature Dining program gives residents more choice and lets the chef know what's popular.

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  • Safe outdoor areas with natural features
  • On-staff nurse for routine wellness checks

The Covington

The Covington is located in a quiet residential area of northwest Raleigh, and it provides assisted living and memory care in safe, secure areas. Residents can bring their own furniture or select a furnished room, each with individually-controlled climate, private bathroom and housekeeping. Companion suites are also available. The facility has a private spa, beauty salon and barber shop, as well as physicians on call. The Covington is in our top 10 list for its peaceful atmosphere and green surroundings.

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  • Full-service dining with special diet options
  • Attractive outdoor areas and courtyards

Magnolia Glen

Magnolia Glen is a sprawling senior community surrounded by trees and just up the road from Crabtree Valley Mall in northwest Raleigh. This community provides assisted living in studio and one-bedroom apartments of up to 600 sq. ft., and independent living options such as detached cottages. The Dining Service Director is a chef with over 30 years of experience, and the entire staff helps make every meal a social experience.

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  • Multiple levels of assisted living care and independent options
  • Pet-friendly community with many utilities included

Morningside of Raleigh

Morningside of Raleigh is a mid-size community that provides assisted living and Alzheimer's care approximately 2 miles from downtown. Residents at both levels of care can choose from standard, deluxe and shared apartments, with cleaning and maintenance taken care of. Religious services are held on site and residents can take advantage of scheduled transportation for group outings to shops and restaurants. Morningside of Raleigh is ranked highly in this list for its central location to many services and local features.

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  • Doctor visits and wellness checks
  • On-site physical therapy and pet therapy

Elmcroft of Northridge

Elmcroft of Northridge is located roughly 6 miles north of Raleigh's city center in a mostly residential area close to multiple shopping areas and a golf course. It's a smaller community than most in the area, which may be ideal for some seniors who prefer a relaxing environment. Staff encourage the residents to join regular events and activities, such as holiday celebrations and picnics, as well as group trips to nearby attractions. We placed Elmcroft of Northridge in the top 10 for being one of only a few single-story communities near Raleigh.

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  • Care coordination and physician visits
  • Restaurant-style dining with fresh, local produce

Spring Arbor of Raleigh

Spring Arbor of Raleigh provides assisted living and memory care in dedicated areas of the building, and it's located just 2 miles from WakeMed hospital. Residents choose from a variety of floor plans with full bath, emergency alert system and other senior-friendly features. The assisted living neighborhood has a cafe, aviary, fish tanks and walking paths to keep the community moving and active, as well as a library and relaxation areas. Common activities include crafts and other creative pursuits, bingo, walking clubs and wellness classes.

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Falls River Village

Falls River Village is a large and relatively new assisted living facility located next to Town Center mall and under 1 mile from WakeMed North Hospital. Dining and common areas are brightly-lit, free of clutter and welcoming for residents with mobility issues. Continuing care for residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia is provided in a separate building next door. We included Falls River Village in our top 10 list for its attractive outdoor areas for residents, including a secure courtyard.

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  • Prime location near relevant infrastructure and services
  • Clinical staff on duty

Brighton Gardens of Raleigh

Brighton Gardens of Raleigh is a large senior living community located only blocks from UNC REX Hospital and under 5 miles from the downtown area. Assisted living residents are encouraged to maintain their independence for as long as possible, with many daily choices in the dining experience, exercise groups, as well as social and spiritual activities. The on-staff nurse performs monthly wellness checks to keep family members updated and coordinate care with outside services.

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