Apex is a town just west of Raleigh. It is home to about 62,911 people, of whom 7.9% are seniors aged 65 and older. The town is an attractive choice for seniors for various reasons, including reasonable health care costs and a pleasant climate. Seniors have access to several agencies and assisted living communities that can provide seniors the support they need through the aging process. 

Assisted living is likely most suitable for seniors who may no longer be comfortable living at home independently but do not require 24/7 skilled nursing. It is the best fit for those who desire support with daily tasks such as dressing and grooming, as well as meal assistance and transportation. Costs can vary between facilities, but seniors in Apex pay $5,388 per month on average, which is significantly higher than both the state and national averages. 

This guide offers an overview of assisted living costs in Apex, how prices compare to nearby cities and the alternative care options in the town. Seniors will also learn more about payment options and the resources available for support.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Apex, NC

Reserve at Mills Farm

2030 Laura Duncan Rd, Apex, NC, 27523

Reserve at Mills Farm is clean. They’re friendly. It’s fairly new. Why we went ahead and put money down on a waiting list is because they have a lot to offer. They seem to go out of their way to try t … (read more)
Reserve at Mills Farm is clean. They’re friendly. It’s fairly new. Why we went ahead and put money down on a waiting list is because they have a lot to offer. They seem to go out of their way to try t … (read more)

Spring Arbor of Apex

901 Spring Arbor Courts, Apex, NC, 27502

Spring Arbor of Apex is located on Spring Arbor Court in Apex, North Carolina. It’s convenient to Highway 55 and just a short distance from the post office and Apex Jaycee Park. Residents’ family … (read more)
Spring Arbor of Apex is located on Spring Arbor Court in Apex, North Carolina. It’s convenient to Highway 55 and just a short distance from the post office and Apex Jaycee Park. Residents’ family … (read more)

Brookridge Assisted Living

312 Lynch Street, Apex, NC, 27502



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Brighton Gardens of Raleigh

3101 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612

Brighton Gardens of Raleigh is an active assisted living and memory care facility in Raleigh, North Carolina near the UNC REX Hospital just off of Edwards Mill Road. Residents praise the community for … (read more)
Brighton Gardens of Raleigh is an active assisted living and memory care facility in Raleigh, North Carolina near the UNC REX Hospital just off of Edwards Mill Road. Residents praise the community for … (read more)

Woodland Terrace

300 Kildaire Woods Drive, Cary, NC, 27511

Woodland Terrace was great. The rooms were quite large. The facility was newer and kind of modern. It looked inviting. It had everything, from independent living to assisted living to memory care, whi … (read more)
Woodland Terrace was great. The rooms were quite large. The facility was newer and kind of modern. It looked inviting. It had everything, from independent living to assisted living to memory care, whi … (read more)

Sunrise of Cary

1206 Chatham Street, Cary, NC, 27513

Sunrise of Cary is located in a lush area of Cary, North Carolina. The facility is highly praised for its modern yet cozy architecture and furnishings that make residents feel right at home. Residents … (read more)
Sunrise of Cary is located in a lush area of Cary, North Carolina. The facility is highly praised for its modern yet cozy architecture and furnishings that make residents feel right at home. Residents … (read more)

Sunrise of Raleigh

4801 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612

Sunrise of Raleigh is located conveniently in the Crabtree Valley area of Raleigh, North Carolina where access to state parks, shopping and dining are nearby and easily accessible. Visitors to the fac … (read more)
Sunrise of Raleigh is located conveniently in the Crabtree Valley area of Raleigh, North Carolina where access to state parks, shopping and dining are nearby and easily accessible. Visitors to the fac … (read more)

Brookdale MacArthur Park

111 MacArthur Drive, Cary, NC, 27513

Brookdale MacArthur Park is located in the historic city of Cary, North Carolina, and offers assisted living and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. This senior living facility is described by family mem … (read more)
Brookdale MacArthur Park is located in the historic city of Cary, North Carolina, and offers assisted living and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. This senior living facility is described by family mem … (read more)

The Haven at Fuquay

709 Minerva Dale Drive, Fuquay Varina, NC, 27526

My father, who recently passed, was a resident at The Haven @ Fuquay for a short time. He had moved from a large memory care community to this smaller setting where he could receive more 1:1 care This … (read more)
My father, who recently passed, was a resident at The Haven @ Fuquay for a short time. He had moved from a large memory care community to this smaller setting where he could receive more 1:1 care This … (read more)

LiveWell – Cary

208 Midenhall Way, Cary, NC, 27513

LiveWell in Cary, North Carolina, is a senior living community that’s surrounded by trees, close to Crabtree Park and only a few minutes drive off of the Dan K Moore Freeway. Seniors here live very cl … (read more)
LiveWell in Cary, North Carolina, is a senior living community that’s surrounded by trees, close to Crabtree Park and only a few minutes drive off of the Dan K Moore Freeway. Seniors here live very cl … (read more)

Peach Tree Assisted Living Homes

502 Carolina Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27606


Morningside of Raleigh

801 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC, 27607

I love the staff at Morningside of Raleigh. They were great, very friendly, and very open. They spent a lot of time with me, had a great follow-up, and they were delightful. The facility was nice, but … (read more)
I love the staff at Morningside of Raleigh. They were great, very friendly, and very open. They spent a lot of time with me, had a great follow-up, and they were delightful. The facility was nice, but … (read more)

HeartFields at Cary

1050 Crescent Green Drive, Cary, NC, 27511

Backyard woods and privacy dominate the location of HeartFields at Cary, but it’s a short drive to restaurants and coffee shops in the area. This gorgeous, 90-capacity assisted living home features sp … (read more)
Backyard woods and privacy dominate the location of HeartFields at Cary, but it’s a short drive to restaurants and coffee shops in the area. This gorgeous, 90-capacity assisted living home features sp … (read more)

2012, 2013

Magnolia Glen

5301 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612

Once people become more ill and require more care, Magnolia Glen pushes people to move out. They are not interested in helping with compassionate and loving end of life. They want active people who … (read more)
Once people become more ill and require more care, Magnolia Glen pushes people to move out. They are not interested in helping with compassionate and loving end of life. They want active people who … (read more)

Waltonwood Cary Parkway

750 SE Cary Parkway, Cary, NC, 27511

The senior living community of Waltonwood Cary Parkway is located between in Cary, North Carolina. Relatives are pleased with the helpful, professional staff and the facility’s low patient-to-staff ra … (read more)
The senior living community of Waltonwood Cary Parkway is located between in Cary, North Carolina. Relatives are pleased with the helpful, professional staff and the facility’s low patient-to-staff ra … (read more)

Stoneridge Gracious Retirement Living

105 Convention Drive, Cary, NC, 27511

Stoneridge Gracious Retirement Living is a senior living provider in Cary, North Carolina. The facility is in a spacious, modern building with nicely decorated rooms. Visitors to Stoneridge were impre … (read more)
Stoneridge Gracious Retirement Living is a senior living provider in Cary, North Carolina. The facility is in a spacious, modern building with nicely decorated rooms. Visitors to Stoneridge were impre … (read more)

Glenaire

4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, NC, 27511

Glenaire is nestled in Cary, North Carolina, making it convenient to enjoy small-town amenities while having easy access to Raleigh and North Carolina State University. Visitors frequently praise the … (read more)
Glenaire is nestled in Cary, North Carolina, making it convenient to enjoy small-town amenities while having easy access to Raleigh and North Carolina State University. Visitors frequently praise the … (read more)

Avendelle on Maynard

1104 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC, 27511

Located in the southeast corner of Cary, North Carolina, Avendelle on Maynard is an assisted living home in one of America’s friendliest neighborhoods. Residents benefit from one-on-one care and consi … (read more)
Located in the southeast corner of Cary, North Carolina, Avendelle on Maynard is an assisted living home in one of America’s friendliest neighborhoods. Residents benefit from one-on-one care and consi … (read more)

Lawndale Manor

601 Lakeside Drive, Garner, NC, 27529

My mom lived at Lawndale the last 16 months of her life. She enjoyed her time there with all the inspiration, activities and entertainment they have. Joel Anne and Marianna are the activity director … (read more)
My mom lived at Lawndale the last 16 months of her life. She enjoyed her time there with all the inspiration, activities and entertainment they have. Joel Anne and Marianna are the activity director … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Apex

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in North Carolina. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Apex

The North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation oversees assisted living communities in Apex and the rest of North Carolina. It carries out inspections to ensure residents of assisted living facilities and other medical, mental health and adult care facilities are receiving the appropriate care.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Apex

  • On a 100-point cost of living index where 100 is the national average, Apex scores 113 compared to the state average of 91. Although the overall cost of living is higher than average, health care costs scored 94.8, which is significantly less than the state average of 107.2. Transportation scored 89.8, making it substantially cheaper than average.
  • North Carolina is relatively tax-friendly for retirees. Social Security retirement benefits are exempt from taxation; however, other retirement incomes, such as private pensions, are taxed at a flat rate of 5.25%. Sales and property tax in North Carolina are moderate. 
  • Crime rates in Apex are close to the national average at around 12 per 1,000 residents. The crime rates are lower than about 66% of North Carolina communities, but compared with other communities of a similar population, Apex has a significantly lower crime rate. 
  • Apex has a comfortable year-round climate. The average July high is around 88 degrees and the average January low is 29 degrees. Apex residents can enjoy about 221 sunny days per year, which is 16 days more than the national average. The town gets around 47 inches of rain per year and about 4 inches of snow. On a comfort index where 10 is the most comfortable, Apex scores 7.2 for summer and 6.6 in winter, making it one of the most pleasant places in North Carolina. 
  • Apex is home to three main hospitals, including WakeMed Apex Healthplex and WakeMed Cary Hospital. Seniors can access a variety of general services, and for more specialized care, larger hospitals are nearby in Raleigh.
  • Two agencies offer transportation in Apex. GoApex provides a range of routes in and around the town. Also, a specialized TRACS program offers transportation to the elderly and disabled around the county. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Apex

Assisted living in Apex costs around $5,388 per month on average; however, prices can vary depending on the amenities and services available.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The cost of care in Apex is significantly higher than the state average of $4,010 and higher than the national average of $4,500. Elsewhere in the state, costs vary significantly. Nearby in Durham, costs are around $588 cheaper at $4,800, and in Wilmington, prices are similar to Apex at $5,254. The most affordable city for care is Fayetteville, where seniors pay $3,000 per month on average for assisted living care. Further west in Charlotte, the average cost of assisted living care is around $1,000 cheaper than in Apex.

$5388

Apex

$4010

North Carolina

$4500

The United States

$4800

Durham

$3000

Fayetteville

$4400

Charlotte

$5254

Wilmington

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Apex have access to a range of different care options. Assisted living care typically costs around $431 more than in-home care and home health care. Home health care differs from in-home care in that it includes light medical care. The cheapest care option is adult day health care, which costs around $1,300 per month. The most comprehensive care option is nursing home care, where a semiprivate room typically costs $2,000 per month more than assisted living care.

$4957

In-Home Care

$4957

Home Health Care

$1300

Adult Day Health Care

$5388

Assisted Living Facility

$6996

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Apex was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Raleigh, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Apex

North Carolina offers the State/County Special Assistance Program, an SSI state supplement which provides elderly and low-income residents with enough financial aid to pay for the costs of adult care homes. This program is meant for seniors who need non-medical care on a regular basis but can no longer live at home on their own.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in North Carolina page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in North Carolina

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

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

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in North Carolina page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Apex

Seniors in Apex can access many agencies and programs that provide information on support services and financial assistance options for assisted living. The following resources give older adults an opportunity to connect with legal and financial advisors, support counselors and specialists.

Resource

Contact

Description

(919) 249-3354

The Apex Senior Center is a 28,000-square-foot building that caters specifically to the needs of older adults in Apex. It has three large meeting rooms and spaces designated for exercise classes, computer classes and arts and crafts. Seniors can take advantage of a wide range of programs and activities.

(919) 268-7456

Veterans and their families in Wake County can access a variety of useful services through Wake County Veterans Services. The staff assists with applying for NCDVMA benefits, completing applications and accessing documents to support claims. It provides support with accessing disability, survivor and burial benefits. 

(919) 627-0080

The Triangle J Area Agency on Aging serves seniors in seven counties, including Wake County. It offers a range of programs and support services, including dining programs, exercise classes and dementia support, as well as options counseling, benefits counseling and financial planning. 

(800) 662-7030

Older adults living in long-term care facilities, such as assisted living communities, can receive support from the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Trained ombudsmen regularly visit communities to address any complaints or issues seniors and their families have, such as insufficient care, neglect and abuse. They serve as an unbiased third party.

(866) 389-5650

The AARP is a nonprofit organization that empowers seniors to make the right choices. The North Carolina office helps older adults through support services and also brings seniors together for events, such as theater performances and sports events.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Apex

Apex Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in North Carolina are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in North Carolina page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in North Carolina