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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Chapel Hill, NC for 2024

Conveniently located 10 miles from Durham and 30 miles from Raleigh, Chapel Hill combines the charm and friendliness of a small city with the convenience and amenities of a big metropolis. Among its more than 61,000 residents, 11% are 65 or over, lower than the national figure of 16.8%. With a large number of assisted living facilities, a mild climate and a senior-friendly environment, Chapel Hill is an excellent choice for older adults looking for assisted living services.

Assisted living is ideal for seniors who need personal support for everyday life in a residential setting but don’t require the constant high-level clinical care of skilled nursing. Residents of assisted living facilities receive help with activities of daily living, such as showering and mobility, and limited clinical care, including medication administration and health status monitoring. Other services include social and physical activities, such as happy hours, community outings and exercise classes. Monthly costs of assisted living in Chapel Hill average $4,800, higher than the state average in North Carolina.

This guide contains information on the benefits and drawbacks of assisted living in Chapel Hill and the financial help available. There’s also a list of free local resources for assisted living.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill and North Carolina assisted living is governed by the Adult Care Licensure Section under the Department of Health and Human Services. This section performs initial and annual inspections of assisted living facilities and issues facility licenses and administrator certificates. It investigates complaints against facilities and takes administrative actions based on regulation non-compliance.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Chapel Hill

  • Chapel Hill offers a mild climate, with temperatures rarely below 33 degrees Fahrenheit in winter or above 88 degrees in summer. Annual snowfall is just 3.8 inches, much lower than the national average of 28 inches, making it an excellent choice for seniors who prefer a mild locale without the hassles of snow. It scores a 7.5 out of 10 on the BestPlaces Comfort Index, making it a more comfortable place than most cities in North Carolina. It beats the national average rating of 7.0.
  • In 2019, Chapel Hill recorded 94.4 violent crimes per 100,000 people, which is much lower than the North Carolina average of 371.8 and the U.S. average of 379.4. It also boasts a below-average property crime rate with an index score of 33.4, lower than the U.S. score of 35.4. Chapel Hill offers one of the safest living environments in North Carolina and the nation.
  • Chapel Hill scores 105.7 on the health cost index, which means health care cost in this city is 5.7% more expensive than the national average. On the plus side, Chapel Hill boasts 816 physicians per 100,000 people, much higher than the national average of 210 physicians. This city is home to the UNC Hospitals, the second-ranked hospital in North Carolina according to U.S. News & World Report, and just 10 miles from the Duke University Hospital, the top-ranked hospital in the state with a “High Performing” department of Geriatrics and a nationally ranked department of Cardiology.
  • With a score of 50 on the air quality index compared to the national score of 58, Chapel Hill’s air quality is lower than the national average. On the other hand, the area’s water quality (73) is significantly better than the U.S. average (55) on the water quality index.
  • While Chapel Hill is not a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, two of the three counties it belongs to, Orange and Durham, are.

Paying for Assisted Living in Chapel Hill

The average cost of assisted living in Chapel Hill is $4,800 per month, and prices at each facility vary depending on the amenities and services offered.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Averaging $4,800 per month, the cost of assisted living in Chapel Hill is higher than the national average of $4,500 and the North Carolina average of $4,010. In neighboring Raleigh, assisted living costs $5,388 per month on average, almost $600 more expensive than in Chapel Hill. In Rocky Mount, monthly prices are lower at $4,470 on average. In Burlington, the average cost is $3,325 per month, almost $1,500 lower than Chapel Hill’s. Seniors pay an average of $3,800 per month for assisted living in Greensboro.

Chapel Hill

$4,800

North Carolina

$4,010

United States

$4,500

Raleigh

$5,388

Rocky Mount

$4,470

Burlington

$3,325

Greensboro

$3,800

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living in Chapel Hill costs an average of $4,800 per month. For seniors who prefer to stay in their homes, in-home care and home health care cost $4,767 per month on average. Nursing homes provide specialized medical care at an average monthly price of $7,026. Costing $1,636 per month on average, adult day health care is the most affordable option.

In-Home Care

$4,767

Home Health Care

$4,767

Adult Day Health Care

$1,636

Assisted Living Facility

$4,800

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7,026

Note: Care cost data for Chapel Hill was not available, so data for the closest city, Durham Area, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Chapel Hill

Seniors who are seeking financial aid for assisted living have options under the state’s Medicaid plan. Qualified seniors have access to the Personal Care Services Program, which offers coverage for assisted living costs. Seniors without Medicaid can apply to the Special Assistance (SA) Program, a non-Medicaid funded plan that helps eligible individuals afford assisted living.

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 Chapel Hill

Many free programs are available in Chapel Hill to help older adults who need assisted living services. The resources below offer help in senior advocacy, recreational and physical activities, VA benefits claiming and appealing, social service referrals and durable medical equipment loans.

ResourceContactService
Triangle J Area Agency on Aging(800) 310-9777This agency offers the Ombudsman Program to advocate for seniors living in assisted living facilities by protecting their rights and addressing their care quality issues. It also provides Options Counseling to help older adults weigh the pros and cons of available services and make informed choices.
Seymour Center(919) 968-2070As the senior center serving Chapel Hill, Seymour Center offers activities like strength training classes, physical therapy, ballroom dance classes and foreign language social groups. Amenities include an arts and crafts room, fitness studio, massage therapy room, bocce court, theater and billiard tables.
NC 211211United Way of North Carolina offers this free information system to connect residents of North Carolina to the services and resources they need. Trained counselors provide seniors with confidential advice and information on legal services, health care, transportation, substance use disorder support, taxes and financial assistance.
Veterans Pavilion(919) 484-0077This local veterans center provides trained advisors to help veterans optimize their benefits. Senior veterans of military service can get help in filing, appeal and legal representation in federal courts for their VA disability claims. New clients must complete the Intake Form online before scheduling an appointment via phone or email.
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Loan and Connections Programs(919) 245-4279The DME Loan Program accepts donations of DME items and lends them to Orange County residents aged 55 or over. Eligible items include wheelchairs and walkers and dressing devices like button hooks and leg lifts. Seniors who need large DME items like life chairs and motorized scooters can check the DME Connections Program for donations.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill 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

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