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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Asheville, NC for 2024

Asheville is a large city located in the northwest portion of North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Approximately 93,000 individuals call the city home, with 18% ages 65 and older. It is home to the Biltmore Estate, the St. Lawrence Basilica and is part of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. For seniors, the city offers excellent hospitals, plenty of transportation options, a temperate climate and above-average air quality.

There are nine assisted living communities in Asheville. These communities have an average cost of around $2,750 per month. The actual cost of care varies depending on where the facility is located in the city and the types of amenities and level of care provided.

This guide provides information on assisted living in the area, as well as detailed costs on the different types of long-term care and what they provide. There is also information for seniors on the available resources throughout the city.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Asheville

Assisted living communities in Asheville are regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Adult Care Licensure Section. Guidelines are given for all programs and services, including safety, staffing, healthcare and accommodations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Asheville

  • Seniors living in Asheville have access to several local hospitals for illness and chronic care. These facilities include the Asheville Specialty Hospital, Mission Hospital and the Mission St. Joseph campus.
  • Asheville Rides Transit (ART) offers a program for seniors aged 65 and older who need transportation throughout the area. This service provides a free monthly bus pass that can be used on all of Asheville’s ART buses. Medicare recipients must provide their Medicare card information. This is ideal for active seniors who enjoy exploring the area or simply want to get out for lunch with friends or shopping on their own.
  • The cost of living in Asheville is only slightly higher than the national average. Based on the cost of living index, the national average is 100. In Asheville, the average is 106, but items like transportation rank 83 compared to the national average of 100, so seniors who drive can expect to pay less for gas.
  • Asheville gets up to 212 sunny days per year, with summer highs around 84 degrees and January lows around 25. Seniors who enjoy the snow may see up to 10 inches every winter, which is lower than the national average of 28 inches per year. During the colder months, residents may prefer exploring the local indoor sites or exercising in a gym instead of outdoors.
  • Based on the annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index, Asheville ranks 111, which is higher than the national average of 100. This index refers to how healthy a city is and is based on items like air quality and water quality. Those with sensitive respiratory systems may find it easier to enjoy time outdoors in the fresh air.

Paying for Assisted Living in Asheville

According to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Asheville is $2,750. This is lower than the state average of $3,800 and the national average of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Compared to other cities throughout the state, Asheville is one of the most affordable areas. Charlotte residents pay around $4,649, and those in Greensboro pay an average of $4,509. Goldsboro facilities cost around $923 less, and Wilmington is one of the most expensive cities at $5,877 per month.

Asheville

$2,750

North Carolina

$3,800

The United States

$4,300

Charlotte

$4,649

Greensboro

$4,509

Goldsboro

$3,673

Wilmington

$5,877

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

There are multiple options for long-term care for seniors in Asheville. Those who are still independent and prefer to age in place may want to choose homemaker services, which provides home and community-based services in the home, including grooming and housekeeping. This service is around $4,576 monthly. Those who require medical care pay slightly more at $4,671 per month. Adult day health care allows loved ones to continue working while the senior receives care only during the day. This is the least expensive option at $1,383. Seniors who require hospital-level care may choose a nursing home, with a private room costing around $9,064 per month and a semiprivate room at $8,000.

Assisted Living

$2,750

Adult Day Health Care

$1,383

Home Health Aide

$4,671

Homemaker Services

$4,576

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8,000

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$9,064

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Asheville

Seniors in Asheville can explore their eligibility to one state-run program that can help with assisted living expenses. The state’s Medicaid program provides monthly payments for personal care in adult care homes. Eligibility is income based, and the amount the senior receives per month depends on income level.

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

Financial Assistance 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 Asheville

Seniors in Asheville have a variety of resources available at their disposal for entertainment, socializing and daily living. Below are some popular resources in the city. 

ResourceContactService
Council on Aging of Buncombe County(828) 277-8288The Council on Aging of Buncombe County advocates promoting independence, dignity and the well-being of seniors in the area. The council supports education and awareness throughout the community and provides services including insurance counseling, senior nutrition and transportation.
Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging(828) 251-6622The local AAA is a non-profit multi-county community development service that works to meet the needs and desires of the growing senior community. These services include the Volunteer Services Department that connects adults 55 and older with volunteer opportunities. The agency also sponsors Mountain Mobility, Buncombe County’s public transportation system that provides rides to seniors at reduced fares for medical appointments, errands, sightseeing and shopping.
Senior Opportunity Center(828) 350-2062The Senior Opportunity Center provides a variety of programs and events throughout the Asheville area. The center features a greenhouse, billiard room, sewing room and a multipurpose area for parties and special events. Regular calendar events include bingo, massage, pottery, quilting, painting and games.
Harvest House Senior Center(828) 350-2051The Harvest House provides free activities for seniors and individuals of all ages. The center has a loaning library, shuffleboard courts, classrooms and a full-service workshop. Activities include folk dance, a walking club, ballroom dancing, monthly senior trips and woodworking.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Asheville

Asheville-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities 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

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Review of Chunns Cove

After a recent visit to this facility I'm very concerned for the elderly who are living there. This place is so disgusting and dirty no senior citizen should be living there. The furnishings...

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Review of Chunns Cove

I visited this facility looking for a placwefor my loved one. Staff was nice and helpful. I knew very shortly into my visit this was not the place I was looking for. The facility was very dirty...

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Helena and Bert

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Chunns Cove

I visited during July 2023. I was shocked at the condition and could not beleive this facility is allowed to be operating as a home for the elderly. The hallway leading to the lounge and some...

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