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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Wilmington, NC


Nestled between Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, the historic port city of Wilmington is a popular destination for retirees. This community is known for its beaches, unique cultural scene and 230-block National Register Historic District, which is one of the largest in the U.S.

Its comfortable year-round climate allows seniors to enjoy the area's island beaches, parks and more than 50 golf courses all year long. Downtown Wilmington is home to 39 art galleries, museums and the famed Riverwalk boardwalk, where seniors can wander the Cape Fear River shoreline and visit a variety of local shops, restaurants and landmarks. Not only is Wilmington one of North Carolina's most walkable cities, but Wave Transit's free trolley service also makes it easy for seniors to get around. Wilmington is great for seniors on a fixed income, as the state charges a low-income tax rate and offers tax exemptions on all Social Security retirement benefits.

The city's high overall cost of living is reflected in the cost of assisted living services. According to Genworth's 2018 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living services in Wilmington are $5,355 per month, which could impact low-income seniors who would otherwise pay an average of $3,693 per month in many communities across North Carolina.

If this charming coastal community sounds like it will suit your retirement needs, take a look at this list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Wilmington.

Morningside of Wilmington

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2744 S 17th Street

Wilmington, NC 28412

(910) 452-1114

Located close to State Route 117, Morningside of Wilmington gives seniors easy access to the many amenities around this ocean-side town. Whether they're looking for memory care, assisted living or respite care, this facility has the staff and technology available to meet residents' health care needs. The staff provides the Lifestyle 360 program, which focuses on keeping residents engaged with activities that provide stimulation on every level, including physically, socially, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually. Some of the activities included at Morningside of Wilmington include spa days, life history activities, writing sessions, wine tastings, crochet lessons, lawn bowling and zumba gold classes.

  • Small pets are welcome
  • Restaurant-style meals are available in the dining room

The Kempton Lifestyle

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2298 S 41st Street

Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 332-6899

Within a few miles of Wilmington Medical Center, The Kempton Lifestyle campus gives seniors the ability to get the medical care they need close by, whether for regular health maintenance or emergencies. On-site activities for the residents include movie time, book clubs, a fitness room and cooking classes. Seniors can also enjoy the outdoors by taking a stroll on the hiking paths around the premises or just enjoying time with friends on the patio. A pool is also on the grounds so residents can cool off during summer or participate in low-impact exercise in group classes.

  • Private bathrooms, a laundry center and multiple living rooms
  • 24-hour security and nursing staff

Champions Assisted Living

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1007 Porters Neck Road

Wilmington, NC 28411

(910) 686-6462

Located just a few miles from the ocean, Champion Assisted Living lets residents spend their retirement years watching the sunrise over the water or enjoying after-dinner walks on the sandy beaches. This facility provides fitness assessments for its residents so they can get a better idea of where they are physically and how they can improve, and it also offers personalized exercise programs, aquatic exercise groups and on-land exercise classes. Other amenities include a wooden walking path, a rose garden, spa rooms that have private hot tubs and a spacious front porch with rocking chairs.

  • Rehab and fitness programs
  • 24-hour nursing staff

Spring Arbor of Wilmington

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809 John D. Barry Drive

Wilmington, NC 28412

(910) 249-4823

Located minutes from scenic Halyburton Park, Spring Arbor of Wilmington provides full-service senior care that includes prepared meals, personal care assistance and housekeeping services. Residents benefit from a multitude of on-site amenities, such as a sunroom, a cozy library and porches furnished with rocking chairs. The community has a designed activity room, and seniors keep busy with educational seminars, live music and offsite outings. Residents at Spring Arbor can work out in one of the facility's structured exercise programs or soak in the therapeutic whirlpool tub. Off-site transportation is available to take seniors to appointments.

  • Nutritionally balanced, home-cooked meals offer a choice of entree
  • Regular housekeeping, linen and personal laundry services

New Hanover House

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3915 Stedwick Court

Wilmington, NC 28412

(910) 632-2671

At New Hanover House, seniors find the comforts of home combined with the convenience of assisted living and memory care services. Residents can choose a private room or a companion suite, and all units include climate control, electronic call systems and private bathrooms with secure step-in showers. Assistance is available for personal care activities, including medication management, bathing and grooming. The facility boasts a private spa and an on-site beauty salon to keep residents looking and feeling great. Seniors at New Hanover House enjoy regularly scheduled activities, which include social gatherings and frequent off-site outings.

  • Housekeeping services include daily bed-making and trash removal
  • Dining program accommodates special diets and includes snacks

Leland House

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1935 Lincoln Rd NE

Leland, NC 28451

(910) 383-6235

Located a short distance from Wilmington, Leland House is a senior care facility offering assisted living, memory care and short-term stay services. Leland House is a smaller community with a comfortable, home-like atmosphere. Residents may choose from furnished or unfurnished companion or private rooms that meet their needs. Each room comes with its own private bath and step-in shower. All residents enjoy three daily meals and snacks as well as full-service housekeeping and access to an on-call physician. Daily activities and social programs help seniors form relationships and stay active.

  • Private Spa
  • Complete dining program that can accommodate special diets

Coastal Cove of Wilmington

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1120 Beasley Road

Wilmington, NC 28409

(910) 660-0944

Located in a beautiful residential neighborhood, Coastal Cove of Wilmington provides assisted living services in an intimate, homelike setting. This six-bed facility offers around-the-clock care by licensed, CPR-certified medical staff and is equipped to handle seniors with mild cognitive impairments. The building has a secure, keyless entry system, and family members can watch over their loved ones through real-time HD video cameras in the main living areas. Residents enjoy strolling along the community's nature path or relaxing on the covered lanai. We included Coastal Cove of Wilmington on our top-10 list because it has been awarded the prestigious Coastal Entrepreneur Award in the health care category.

  • Private suites include large bathrooms and ample closet space
  • Therapeutic, home-cooked meals with snacks available at any time

Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall

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630 Carolina Bay Drive

Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 769-7500

Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall is located in a quiet neighborhood that is convenient to shopping centers, restaurants and local stores. A state-of-the-art security system gives seniors the peace of mind they need to live every day without worry. Residents also have a chance to join the many physical exercise classes throughout the day, such as aquatics programs, tai chi, meditation, yoga, community walks and community bike rides. Facility amenities include a smoothie bar, a library, an art room, the Carolina Bay Grill, a billiards room and a card room.

  • Pool and putting green on site
  • Wi-Fi available across facility

Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove

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5725 Carolina Beach Road

Wilmington, NC 28412

(910) 792-1455

Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove is a senior care community offering short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care, respite care and hospice care in a home-like atmosphere. Serving the area since 2000, Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove is located in the heart of Wilmington, just minutes from the beach, physician's offices, hospitals, shopping and dining. Known for a neat, clean facility and a caring, knowledgeable staff, Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove uses the PATH program to implement its goal of helping seniors reach their highest level of physical and emotional wellness.

  • Fitness center
  • Social, spiritual and educational activities

The Commons at Brightmore of Wilmington

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2324 41st Street

Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 350-1980

Located along the Cape Fear Coast, The Commons at Brightmore offers assisted living services to seniors who need help with daily personal care activities and medication administration. Residents enjoy three restaurant-style meals each day, with entrees prepared by an on-site chef. The facility sponsors a comprehensive wellness program, and seniors have access to the on-campus gym, an outdoor walking trail, exercise classes and pool therapy. The Commons at Brightmore also features a dedicated arts and crafts room, a beauty salon, and multiple family rooms where residents can socialize with loved ones or neighbors.

  • Daily housekeeping and weekly personal linen and laundry services
  • Private or semiprivate rooms include state-of-the-art call systems