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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 16, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Raleigh, NC

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Raleigh’s population grew at a rate almost three times faster than the United States overall in the decade since 2010, and it’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. It’s the largest city in Research Triangle Park — along with Durham and Chapel Hill — which is one of the country’s leaders in research and development. Many people move to the city to study at North Carolina State University and for employment in the booming science and technology sectors.

The area is also home to large, high-quality health care facilities such as Duke University Hospital, which is rated as the best hospital in North Carolina in a 2020 list by U.S. News & World Report. As a result, the cost of health care is lower than average and Raleigh’s overall cost of living is generally favorable for seniors.

Continue reading for more information on Raleigh’s top 10 assisted living communities. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Raleigh and what financial assistance programs are available.

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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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Raleigh

In Raleigh, senior care costs may be higher than other, larger metro areas in the state. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living facilities, in particular, are higher than many other North Carolina cities. 

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Raleigh?

Monthly assisted living fees in Raleigh are $5,750 for a private, one bedroom apartment, which is significantly higher than the state average of $3,693.  Larger metro areas,  such as Charlotte and the greater Durham area nearby have one-bedroom assisted living apartments averaging much less, at $3,803 and $3,150, respectively. 

Asheville, in the western part of the state and Winston-Salem in the center of the state, have assisted living costs that are closer to, albeit still much less than, Raleigh’s, averaging between $4,200 and $4,800 per month. 

How much does Home Care Cost in Raleigh?

Non-medical home care averages about $21 per hour in Raleigh, slightly higher than the North Carolina average of $20 hour. Homemaker services providing nonmedical assistance average slightly less. These services help seniors take care of their home, allowing a measure of independence. 

Assuming an average of 44 hours per week, Raleigh’s home healthcare services cost an average of $3,766 per month, compared to the state average of $3,527. Home healthcare services are a little steeper. Raleigh’s average is $3,909, versus the state average of $3,766. Homemaker services in larger metro areas throughout the state are comparable to those of Raleigh. In Charlotte, average monthly costs are $4,004, while Winston-Salem’s are slightly lower, at $3,606. 

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Raleigh?

Adult day care costs are the lowest senior care option for Raleigh residents. The average for these is $1,192, compared to the state average of $1,127. Larger metro areas like Winston-Salem and Charlotte average about the same, ranging from $1,000 to $1,400. 

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Raleigh?

Nursing home care for a semiprivate room in Raleigh is slightly higher than the state average, at $7,125 compared to $6,950 for North Carolina overall. A private room will cost more, but nursing home care costs are fairly even across the state. Smaller communities, such as Wilmington, may cost a little less, at $6,844, while larger metro areas, like Durham and Greensboro, are a little higher, averaging $7,224 – $7,787 per month.

Financial Assistance Programs in Raleigh

Medicaid Program in Raleigh

Medicaid in Raleigh helps cover some or all of the healthcare costs for seniors age 65 and older. Individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and state or county special assistance (for adult home care residents) automatically qualify for Medicaid. Those not in either of these categories may still be eligible upon review of their application —click here to apply.

Medicaid and North Carolina’s Health Choice program are for individuals with low income. Each case is decided after an application covering disabilities and certain income thresholds is reviewed by a caseworker. Each county has a Division of Social Services that will determine residents’ eligibility, including payment for nursing homes and other home healthcare costs. Nursing home assistance is partially covered for those whose monthly income is less than the cost of services for nursing home care. While some of the individual’s income must go toward paying for nursing home care, not all of it does. Medicaid will pay the balance each month. Assisted living fees and in-home health care are rarely covered by North Carolina Medicaid, however. 

Other Financial Assistance Programs

The Community Alternative Program for Disabled Adults (CAP/DA)

The CAP/DA is North Carolina’s Home and Community Based Waiver Program. As of 2018, it provides benefits to all seniors aged 65 and older whose monthly income does not exceed $1,012 if single or $1,372 if married and both spouses are applying. Benefits include:  

  • Adult day health care
  • Institutional respite services
  • Personal care aid and assistance services
  • Assistive technology
  • Meal preparation and delivery
  • Personal emergency response services
  • Specialized medical equipment and supplies
  • Reusable incontinence supplies
  • Training, education, and consultative services

State-County Special Assistance (For adult care home residents)

Raleigh residents may qualify for the State-County Special Assistance Program, which provides a cash supplement to low-income individuals to cover fees for residential facilities, including adult care homes, family care homes, and group homes. 

Eligibility is determined for those age 65 and older, or those with a qualifying disability who live in a residential facility approved for this special assistance. In addition, the facility must agree to accept the state rate for special assistance residents, which may be lower than fees charged for those paying out of pocket or through another insurance program. Individuals approved for special assistance are automatically eligible for Medicaid. 

Those with Alzheimer’s Disease or a similar memory condition may be eligible for a different rate of assistance through this program. These folks may reside in a licensed Special Care Unit in an Adult Care Home. 

Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

This program provides in-home care for the individual, including personal services and healthcare. Those in the program also have access to the PACE Center, which has a primary care clinic, therapy, personal care and dining options. 

To be eligible to participate in PACE, you must:

  • be 55 years of age or older
  • need the same level of care for Medicaid nursing facility services
  • live in a PACE organization’s service area
  • be able to live in a community setting without jeopardizing your health or safety
  • meet other conditions listed in the PACE organization’s agreement.

Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person is designed to help individuals transition out of nursing homes and into less restrictive care. Those who are elderly or disabled, have lived in an institution for at least 90 days and meet a nursing home level of care but wish to live in their own home or a community living environment may be eligible for the MFP program. Benefits include homemaker and home task help, modifications to the home for greater accessibility and home health aide services. Call (855) 761-9030 for information or click here for the application.

More Senior Living Resources in Raleigh

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Raleigh Housing Authority

(919) 831-6416

The Raleigh Housing Authority is a public housing agency serving city residents with demonstrated financial need. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher is available for a limited number of individuals who are on waiting lists that prioritize accommodations for the elderly and disabled. The Wake County, North Carolina, Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List and the Public Housing Waiting List are open indefinitely.

Wake County Tax Relief Programs

(919) 856-5400

Wake County offers three property tax relief programs for eligible individuals. Properties that fall under this program include the primary dwelling, the site, up to one acre and any improvements made to the property.  The programs available are called Elderly or Disabled Exclusion, Circuit Breaker Tax Deferment Program and Disabled Veteran Exclusion.

For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in North Carolina.