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The average cost of assisted living in North Carolina is $3,000 per month. This is higher than the national average which is $2,877 per month.
In North Carolina there are 838 assisted living facilities. We can help you find the best matches for your needs.
North Carolina operates the State-County Special Assistance Program to help low-income families pay for the cost of assisted living facilities. Medicaid can also be a source of monetary support for residents who meet income qualifications. For those who don’t meet the requirements of these programs, the cost of assisted living is left to residents and their families.
A varied landscape of beaches, mountains and coastal plains combined with a rich state history make North Carolina an attractive destination for retirees. The “Old North State” is home to many historical landmarks including Civil War Battlefields and the USS North Carolina Battleship of World War II fame.
Seniors who choose assisted living in North Carolina will enjoy breathtaking scenery that includes the Appalachian Mountains, 175 miles of beaches in the Outer Banks and the vast plains of the Piedmont region.
Assisted living in North Carolina is defined as “any group housing and services program for two or more unrelated adults, that makes available, at minimum, one meal a day and housekeeping services and provides personal care services directly or through a formal written agreement with one or more licensed home care or hospice agencies.”
Assisted living in North Carolina can be broken down into three types of residences:
Assisted living in North Carolina is regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Division of Health Service Regulation. Facilities in North Carolina are rated on a star system based on criteria made by the state legislature with input from residents and their families. Ratings are confirmed during two- or three-day inspections made on an annual basis.
Staff members at assisted living homes in North Carolina must complete 80 hours of training within six months of hire. Administrators follow a 120-hour certified training program.
In 2012, the Medicaid eligibility requirements for North Carolina citizens were revised by the North Carolina legislature. One of these revisions established requirements of protecting the income of couples when one spouse is living at home while the other spouse is a nursing facility.
There is still an issue regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ approval of North Carolina’s Medicaid State Plan Amendment Application that addresses a new benefit for Medicaid-eligible seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. At issue is whether assisted living communities can provide care for seniors needing memory care services. For updates related to this issue, visit the North Carolina Assisted Living Association.