Located in Wake County, Cary is part of the Raleigh metropolitan area. Approximately 13% of the city’s population is aged 65 and older, which means the area provides housing to nearly 23,000 seniors. The city provides excellent health care, a low crime rate and a slightly above average cost of living.

Many seniors in the area require residential care, including assisted living communities. There are 11 assisted living homes in the Cary area, with 35 more in adjoining and nearby cities. These facilities provide room and board, housekeeping, daily activities and much-needed socialization. Seniors can expect to pay around $5,388 per month, less than the state and national costs.

This guide covers the cost of assisted living in the area as well as a comparison with cities across the state. It also gives the pros and cons of living in the city and a list of resources that provides assistance to older adults.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Cary, NC

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Chatham Commons

809 W. Chatham Street, Cary, NC, 27511

Chatham Commons is located in the town of Cary, North Carolina, just a short train ride from Raleigh. The community offers varying levels of living assistance depending on resident needs. At Chatham C … (read more)
Chatham Commons is located in the town of Cary, North Carolina, just a short train ride from Raleigh. The community offers varying levels of living assistance depending on resident needs. At Chatham C … (read more)

Phoenix Assisted Care

201 West High Street, Cary, NC, 27513

My mom is at this care center. While it is not the most plush place, I find that they do a good job taking care of residents. I feel confident that my mother is safe and in a clean environment. And … (read more)
My mom is at this care center. While it is not the most plush place, I find that they do a good job taking care of residents. I feel confident that my mother is safe and in a clean environment. And … (read more)

2014

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)

2016, 2017

Sunrise at North Hills

615 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC, 27609

Sunrise at North Hills is a senior living community located in at North Hills in Raleigh, NC. The community specializes in assisted living, short-term stays and Alzheimer’s care services. Sunrise at N … (read more)
Sunrise at North Hills is a senior living community located in at North Hills in Raleigh, NC. The community specializes in assisted living, short-term stays and Alzheimer’s care services. Sunrise at N … (read more)

2015, 2016

Atria Southpoint Walk

5705 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC, 27713

Located conveniently within Durham, NC, Atria Southpoint Walk is a luxury assisted living community with a myriad of splendid amenities. Residents rave about the plentiful activities on-site which inc … (read more)
Located conveniently within Durham, NC, Atria Southpoint Walk is a luxury assisted living community with a myriad of splendid amenities. Residents rave about the plentiful activities on-site which inc … (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)

Abbotswood at Stonehenge

7900 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC, 27613

The staff at Abbotswood at Stonehenge seemed like they care. The ones that I talked to seemed to have a passion for caring for their people. They had long-term employees and they recognized them with … (read more)
The staff at Abbotswood at Stonehenge seemed like they care. The ones that I talked to seemed to have a passion for caring for their people. They had long-term employees and they recognized them with … (read more)

TerraBella Northridge

600 Newton Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27615

Terrabella of North Ridge is right in the heart of North Raleigh, North Carolina. It is located just a few miles away from the center of the city with access to museums, shopping, parks and fine dinin … (read more)
Terrabella of North Ridge is right in the heart of North Raleigh, North Carolina. It is located just a few miles away from the center of the city with access to museums, shopping, parks and fine dinin … (read more)

Springdaile Assisted Living

4315 Holder Road, Durham, NC, 27560

Springdaile Assisted Living was very clean. The person who gave me the tour was very friendly and open. It’s a very nice place. It’s more of definitely residential, like a group home. It wasn’t a typi … (read more)
Springdaile Assisted Living was very clean. The person who gave me the tour was very friendly and open. It’s a very nice place. It’s more of definitely residential, like a group home. It wasn’t a typi … (read more)

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)

North Hills Senior Living

110 Dartmouth Road, Raleigh, NC, 27609


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Cary

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 Cary

The North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation oversees assisted living facilities in Cary and throughout the state. All facilities must meet the quality of care for mandatory services and procedures set by state and federal governments.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Cary

  • Seniors in Cary have access to several quality hospitals that provide treatment for accidents and illnesses. The Duke Raleigh Hospital is noted as one of the best hospitals in North Carolina. Specialties include neurosurgery, orthopedics, cancer treatments and palliative care. The WakeMed Cary Hospital is located near the center of town and offers advanced medical care in heart and vascular systems and women’s care.
  • Cary summers are hot and humid, with average highs in July in the upper 80s. Winters are cold with little to no snow. The city gets around 213 sunny days per year, which provides excellent weather for golfing and sightseeing.
  • Cary’s crime rate is very low compared to the national average for both property crime and violent crime. Seniors can feel safe when out doing errands or on day trips with peers. Violent crime is around 13% less than the national average, and property crime is almost 25% less.
  • The cost of living in Cary is slightly higher than the national average, but seniors may still find the city affordable when paying for transportation and health care. The state also provides tax exemptions for all forms of retirement income.
  • GoCary is a door-to-door transportation service for seniors aged 60 and older who live in the city. The rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and are available for medical appointments and doctor visits.

Paying for Assisted Living in Cary

Assisted living in Cary costs around $5,388 per month. The exact cost varies depending on things like the exact location within the state, the number of amenities and the types of care provided.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living homes in Cary cost $1,378 less than the state average at $5,388. The national average is $4,500 per month, which is $888 less than the average in Cary. Near the west coast of North Carolina in Asheville, assisted living homes cost around $4,998, while those to the southeast in Charlotte pay $4,400. In Wilmington, assisted living facilities are $5,254, $134 less than those in Cary near the east coast. Seniors in Durham can expect to pay $4,800 per month.

$5388

Cary

$4010

North Carolina

$4500

United States

$4998

Asheville

$4400

Charlotte

$5254

Wilmington

$4800

Durham

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

When considering senior care, it’s important to explore the costs of other options. Seniors who prefer to age in place can choose in-home care or home health care at $4,957. Home care provides access to help with daily living tasks, while home health care offers medical treatments and skilled nursing. Adult day health care is the least expensive option at $1,300 per month, and a semiprivate room in a nursing home costs $6,996 per month.

$4957

In-Home Care

$4957

Home Health Care

$1300

Adult Day Health Care

$5388

Assisted Living Facility

$6996

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Cary

Eligible seniors who live in Cary or in other cities in North Carolina can apply for funding to help pay for assisted living costs through one of two state-funded programs: Project C.A.R.E (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) or the State/County Special Assistance Program.

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 Cary

Seniors in Cary can achieve a higher quality of life through local resources and programs. Government agencies and private organizations offer a variety of programs and services that address varying needs of older adults in the area, including case management, meals and insurance counseling.

Resource

Contact

Description

(919) 672-7933

Resources for Seniors is a nonprofit organization offering home and community-based services for older adults and disabled individuals in Wake County. The organization hosts a health fair every year and offers transportation to local senior centers for seniors in the area.

(919) 469-4081

The Cary Seniors Center provides a variety of activities for seniors aged 55 and older throughout the Cary community. These services and activities include fitness classes, recreational activities, games, arts and volunteer responsibilities. The center also offers insurance counseling, transportation and regular outings into the community.

(800) 662-7030

The North Carolina Long-Term Care Ombudsman helps seniors in long-term care facilities maintain their rights and works to resolve complaints in residential care facilities. The ombudsman can also explain the different long-term care options to seniors, provide details about specific facilities and offer guidance on Medicare and Medicaid.

(919) 627-0080

The Triangle J Area Agency on Aging provides programs and services for aging adults and those living with disabilities throughout the seven-county region that includes Cary. The agency provides information and referrals, options counseling and advocates for seniors in long-term care.

(919) 268-7456

Wake County Veterans’ Services helps prior military members sign up for compensation and benefits. It also helps seniors complete applications, assists with jobs and educational opportunities and connects veterans with health care.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Cary

Cary 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