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Cost of North Carolina Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in North Carolina is $3,000 per month.

The monthly base rate for North Carolina assisted living is typically lower when compared to neighboring states. North Carolina is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in North Carolina. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

North Carolina$3,000
South Carolina$3,125

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Researching North Carolina Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does North Carolina require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    North Carolina may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
  • What is the Scope of Care offered?
    Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by North Carolina. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
  • What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
    Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in North Carolina. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
  • Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
    North Carolina probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
  • Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
    There are sure to be specific requirements in North Carolina - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by North Carolina?
    North Carolina will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
  • Does the facility offer the available required staff?
    Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as North Carolina requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
  • Is memory care offered?
    Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in North Carolina.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for North Carolina for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a North Carolina Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at

Helpful North Carolina Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in North Carolina? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the North Carolina licensing and regulatory agency at:
Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation
(919) 855-3765
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in North Carolina? Your local North Carolina long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Division of Aging and Adult Services
Local: (919) 855-3400 ext. 3429
Are you aware of all the North Carolina health-based programs available to you? Your North Carolina Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Local: (919) 855-4400
Tollfree: (800) 622-7030
Are you familiar with the North Carolina Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

The North Carolina AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in North Carolina regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.

Find your local North Carolina AAA below:

Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging
Sylva, NC
(828) 586-1962
Land of Sky CRC
Asheville, NC
(828) 251-6622
Isothermal Planning & Development Commission
Rutherfordton, NC
(828) 287-2281
High Country Area Agency on Aging
Boone, NC
(828) 265-5434
Western Piedmont Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Hickory, NC
(828) 322-9191
Centralina Area Agency on Aging
Charlotte, NC
(704) 372-2416
Piedmont Triad Regional Council
Kernersville, NC
(336) 904-0300
Triangle J Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Durham, NC
(919) 558-2711
Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments
Henderson, NC
(252) 436-2040
Upper Coastal Plain Area Agency on Aging
Wilson, NC
(252) 234-5952
Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging
Fayetteville, NC
(910) 323-4191
Lumber River Area Agency on Aging
Pembroke, NC
(910) 618-5533
Cape Fear Council of Governments
Wilmington, NC
(910) 395-4553
Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging
New Bern, NC
(252) 638-3185
Mid-East Commission Area Agency on Aging
Washington, NC
(252) 974-1854
Albemarle Commission Area Agency on Aging
Hertford, NC
(252) 426-5753

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