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Assisted living is a good choice for aging adults who require some help and support in day-to-day activities, such as bathing, eating and grooming, but wish to retain as much independence as their health allows. The annual Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey reports that costs for assisted living in Raleigh are significantly above both the North Carolina and U.S. averages.

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Raleigh

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in NC. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Raleigh

Raleigh is among the most expensive cities in North Carolina for assisted living, carrying an approximate monthly cost of $5,388.

Assisted Living in Raleigh vs. Nearby Cities

Elsewhere in North Carolina, the average monthly cost for assisted living care is $4,010, about $500 less than the national average of $4,500. Wilmington is just below Raleigh price-wise, with a monthly cost of $5,254, and North Carolina’s biggest city, Charlotte, carries average assisted living costs of $4,400 a month. The cheapest prices for assisted living are found in Goldsboro, where such care averages $2,700 per month. Fayetteville, at $3,000 per month, also comes in significantly below North Carolina and U.S. averages.

  • Raleigh: $5,388
  • North Carolina: $4,010
  • National: $4,500
  • Fayetteville: $3,000
  • Charlotte: $4,400
  • Wilmington: $5,254
  • Goldsboro: $2,700

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Raleigh, NC

Seniors who are looking to move into a nursing home rather than an assisted living community will pay an additional $1,600 per month on average; the cost for a semiprivate room in a nursing room is $6,996 a month. Slightly cheaper than assisted living care is home-based care; both homemaker and home health aide services average $4,957 a month. Adult day care carries the lowest per-month cost at $1,300.

  • Homemaker: $4,957
  • Home Health Aide: $4,957
  • Adult Day Care: $1,300
  • Assisted Living: $5,388
  • Nursing Home (semiprivate room): $6,996

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Raleigh

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Raleigh

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Raleigh.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Raleigh

An array of community resources can help Raleigh’s seniors navigate their later years. Offered by national nonprofits, state-level government and local organizations, these low- or no-cost services are available to adults over age 50, though eligibility restrictions vary.

Resource Contact Service
Prevent Blindness North Carolina 919-755-5044 This nonprofit health agency can help low-income adults receive no-cost retinal screenings that can catch some aging-related eye diseases early enough for effective treatment. Its associated Vision Resource Program can help cover or defray the costs of eye exams and new glasses.
Five Points Center for Active Adults 919-996-4730 This popular senior center is open to area residents aged 50 and up. Its schedule of social events includes card games, such as bridge, low-impact exercise classes, such as Pilates, seminars on financial and medical topics and support groups for seniors living with Parkinson’s.
Long Term Care Ombudsman 919-855-4500 This office is tasked with responding to quality of care concerns in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and similar community care environments. Its trained representatives pay visits to these facilities to evaluate staff performance, check for signs of abuse or neglect and keep community members aware of their rights as residents. Ombudsmen can also offer assistance with transitioning between facilities and appealing involuntary discharges.
Medicare and Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program 855-408-1212 Representatives of this program can help walk seniors through comparisons of different Medicare plans and potentially apply for assistance with some prescription drug costs. Seniors concerned about potential Medicare billing errors or fraud can also receive assistance from SHIIP counselors.
Legal Aid of North Carolina 866-219-5262 LANC’s free legal aid for seniors can help them claim government benefits or unpaid wages they may be entitled to, protect their assets through drafting living wills and transferring powers of attorney and fight back against exploitative or illegal debt collection.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Raleigh

Assisted Living Communities in Raleigh are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in North Carolina

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Raleigh Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Raleigh area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 46 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 27 hours researching assisted living communities in Raleigh
  • Read more than 365 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 18 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Raleigh is $5,388, which is considerably higher than the state average of $4,010 and also higher than the national average of $4,500.

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Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank
Licensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner

Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Raleigh, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 46 communities in the Raleigh area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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