24 Assisted Living Communities in Durham, North Carolina
The average cost of assisted living in the city is $3,150 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 24 Assisted Living Communities in Durham and several in surrounding areas.
- Assisted living: $3,150
- Nursing home semiprivate room: $7,224
- In-home care: $4,147
- Adult day health services: $1,528
Assisted Living Facilities near Durham, North Carolina
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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Durham
December 8, 2020
My brother stayed at Brookdale Durham. It's a beautiful building with a beautiful and very comfortable entrance. The only thing that I could complain about would be the cleaning staff, which was very limited for the amount of people in that building. There should have been more cleaning staff, and I think they only got the rooms cleaned once a week, which was not good for me because older people make messes. The staff was very hospitable and approachable. I had no complaints with the staff. They had great activities, musicians coming in, pianists playing, beautiful music, and they loved bingo and puzzles. It was a well planned out facility. They had ample food there, great meals, and nice menus.
Doc Hamm, Wilmington, NC
November 6, 2020
I drove up from Wilmington on Monday morning Nov. 2 to visit a friend. Due to Covid, we had to meet outside and it was cold. He was clean, happy and dressed warmly. The lady who assisted us was friendly, helpful, patient, and professional, even though we were a little late. Before Covid, I would visit him several times per year. I always had a good impression of the quality of his care and the general attitude of the caregivers that I met. Although no place is perfect, I think you do a good job considering the challenges you are faced with daily. Thank you for taking good care of my friend. (Some of the categories above, I have no direct knowledge of.)
June 19, 2019
Durham Regent was good. The staff was marvelous. The rooms were good, not spacious, but adequate. They have a lot of activities and a library. The food was very good.
January 18, 2019
Emerald Pond has just been great. They have a wonderful community. They're very friendly, informative, and helpful. They have home health on-site and a private duty nursing facility. It's just a wonderful place. It has pretty much everything a senior would need like everyday activities, a beauty salon, barber shop, exercises, and yoga. They really try to cover everything. They also have music and arts and crafts. It's very engaging and they help the older people to keep their memory sharp. They also have a musical where someone comes in and plays. Everybody's nice and polite.
December 28, 2018
We liked Durham Regent a lot, but the price is just not where we want it to be. The place was fantastic. The staff was wonderful and friendly. Aaron was wonderful; I liked her a lot, and she caught on quick on how it works with my sister and I. We toured there a long time, so she had things to do and she kept coming back to check in on us. The rooms at first kind of threw me off, but then it makes sense. I would have liked the fridge to be bigger. She showed us some rooms that were V-shaped. I didn't care for the one-bedroom apartment, even though it had a door. It seemed smaller but costs more. The lunch was great, and I like the fact that everybody was coming together, friendly, and talking to each other. The food was wonderful, and we didn't know that we could ask for something. I really like the gaming area with the puzzle tables setup. If you're walking past, you can add a piece and not really have to focus on just that one thing. Other people were playing cards and board games. It's like a library with other things to do, and you're not forced to do anything. I felt good about it because it's an assisted community to a point, so your independence won't be taken away from you. Another thing I thought that's fantastic is the housekeeping. Once a week someone would come in and clean and bring your paper products for you. It was nice. I like that they'll take you places you need to go, and it's included in the price. We've looked at other places, and everything is extra. So the fact that this community has their own equipment to take you to the store, or to the bank and something like that, is a plus. The place didn't have a smell; it was very clean and very inviting. Everybody was wonderful, but a whole lot of praise goes to Aaron.
December 9, 2018
My experience at Brookdale Durham was good. They have a craft room, TV, movies, and they socially get together. They were in the middle of having their carpets steam-cleaned, so it was kind of a mess that day.
November 20, 2018
This place is really a dirty and chaotic place, my dad is here and he is miserable. Staff here are just plain mean and rude to him and other residents. I have heard them yell and make fun of residents. Mock them!! Rooms are filthy and smelly and the food is so disguesting and looks like dog chow. My dad is always wet when we visit and his sheets are stained with urine and feces. This place should be closed down.
November 20, 2018
My grandma is here and she hates it, she is always dirty and wet when we visit and we have to bathe her. Staff are so rude to her and other patients, nurses be on cell phones and cursing at residents. Her food is always cold as ice and looks like slop when she gets it, so we have to go get her hot food and feed her.
October 18, 2018
My mom was very happy at Durham Regent. She liked the food and made good friends. It's an older community, but the administrator was awesome. The housekeeping was oOK. My mom was there for 16 months and she was satisfied there. It needed updating and probably new hall carpeting. Mom says the food is awesome and she loved everything they served her. The staff was very friendly and changed maintenance several times, but they seemed to be fairly good.
Map of Durham, North Carolina
Assisted Living Costs in Durham
In Durham, North Carolina, the average monthly cost of assisted living care is $3,150, which is lower than both the state and national average, according to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Study. Within North Carolina, the only major metropolitan areas that are significantly less expensive than Durham are Burlington ($2,800), Goldsboro ($2,750) and Rocky Mount ($2,750). Assisted living care in Durham is especially affordable compared to Raleigh ($5,750) where care costs nearly twice as much.
Cost of Assisted Living Comparison Chart
Care Cost Comparison
The cost of senior care in Durham varies greatly depending on the type of care a senior requires. Nursing home care ($7,224) is twice as expensive as assisted living ($3,150), and homemaker services and home health aides cost approximately $1000 more per month than assisted living. Seniors who choose these in-home services must also consider additional costs that come with remaining at home, such as rent, utilities and groceries. For seniors who only need part-time care, Durham’s adult day health care services are inexpensive compared to assisted living, costing about half as much per month. Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart
- Assisted living: $3,150
- Homemaker services: $4,147
- Home health aide: $4,195
- Adult day health: $1,528
- Nursing home care (semiprivate room): $7,224
Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart
Home health aide
Adult day health
Nursing home care (semiprivate room)
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Durham
Medicaid in North Carolina
NC Medicaid is a public insurance program that provides health coverage for low-income adults, pregnant women, children, elderly adults and other eligible Americans. States are required to provide certain mandatory benefits to Medicaid recipients, such as physician services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services and prescriptions, and Medicaid may opt to provide additional benefits, including nursing home care, personal care and medical equipment.
Seniors in Durham may be eligible for Medicaid if they meet certain financial income and asset requirements. For single seniors, the monthly income limit is $1,012 with assets valued at no more than $2,000, while couples are limited to an income of $1,372 per month and $3,000 in assets. Resources don’t include a senior’s home, car, home furnishings or other necessary items, but it does include cash, bank accounts, stocks and other similar assets.
The state’s Medicaid Deductible plan may help seniors who don’t meet these financial requirements but do have high medical costs. Seniors pay for their own health care costs until they meet their deductible, then Medicaid kicks in.
Seniors who are interested in Medicaid coverage can apply through the North Carolina ePass online portal. They can also choose to complete a paper application and take or mail it to:
Durham County Department of Social Services
414 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701.
Seniors who need help applying for Medicaid or have questions can call (800) 662-7030.
North Carolina’s Personal Care Services (PCS) program may cover hands-on personal care for seniors who live in assisted living facilities. This program is considered an entitlement since it’s offered under North Carolina’s Medicaid State Plan, and the need for assistance is determined by an independent medical assessment performed by the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA). To be eligible for support through the PCS program, seniors must need help with three activities of daily living (ADLs), which are defined as eating, dressing, bathing, toileting and mobility. Alternately, seniors who need assistance with only two ADLs may qualify if their need is extensive.
To apply for the PCS program, fax a paper application form to the Liberty Healthcare Corporation at (919) 307-8307. Seniors must have parts of the form completed by a doctor. Seniors who have questions about this program can call (855) 740-1400.
Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living
Veterans Aid and Attendance Program
Veterans and survivors who need help paying for assisted living may be able to receive an increased amount in addition to their monthly pension from the Veterans Aid and Attendance Program.
To qualify for this program, seniors must be eligible for a VA pension and meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Require help with activities of daily living
- Be bedridden
- Be a patient in a nursing home
- Deemed legally blind
- To apply for these benefits, seniors can write to the Philadelphia VA Regional Office at the address listed below. The Philadelphia office serves veterans in North Carolina and the rest of the east coast. The VA recommends including copies of evidence that support the need for assistance, preferably a report from the senior’s doctor.
Philadelphia VA Regional Office
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
Attention: Philadelphia Pension Center
P.O. Box 5206
Janesville, WI 53547
State and County Special Assistance
Low-income seniors who reside in assisted living facilities may be eligible for financial assistance from the State and County Special Assistance Program. This funding can be used to pay for room and board costs. To be eligible for this program, seniors must have a medically verified need for assisted living care and meet the income eligibility requirements.
The maximum benefit provided by this program is $1,182 per month, although an individual’s benefit amount is determined by subtracting their monthly income from this maximum benefit. Seniors also receive an allowance of $46 per month that they can use to purchase clothing, books and other personal items.
To apply for State and County Special Assistance, seniors can visit:
Durham Department of Social Services
414 E Main St in Durham, NC.
Seniors are advised to bring personal verification, including income and bank account information, proof of age and proof of identity. Seniors who need help applying or have questions about this program, can call the Durham Department of Social Services at (919) 560-8000.
Assisted Living Resources in Durham
Seniors can visit any of the four Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL) locations listed below for scheduled activities and socialization opportunities. These senior centers offer exercise classes, health education programs, walking groups, arts and crafts classes and many other activities.
DCSL Downtown Center
406 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC, 27701
DCSL at Little River
8305 Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27503
DCSL at JFK Towers
4900 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27704
DCSL at WD Hill
1308 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707
Area Agency on Aging
Seniors can visit the Durham AAA location to learn more about the health care services and programs available to them. Family caregivers can also visit the AAA to learn about available community services, support groups and supplemental services. Triangle J Area on Aging
4307 Emperor Blvd, Ste 110, Durham, NC 27703
Several resources in Durham provide support and information to veterans and survivors, and eligible seniors can visit the Veterans Service Office for benefits information and other services.
Durham County Veterans Service Office
414 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701
Hillandale Road Clinic I
1824 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Hillandale Road Clinic II
1830 Hillandale Rd, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-0411 ext. 7483
Durham VA Health Care System
508 Fulton St, Durham, NC 27705
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