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.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Chapel Hill, NC

2013, 2014, 2015

LiveWell at Birchwood Lake Estates

6720 Pauline Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514

LiveWell at Birchwood Lake Estates is located in a natural setting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in a quiet area away from the city. Relatives of residents note that the staff are attentive and prov … (read more)
LiveWell at Birchwood Lake Estates is located in a natural setting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in a quiet area away from the city. Relatives of residents note that the staff are attentive and prov … (read more)

Brookdale Chapel Hill Assisted Living

2220 Farmington Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517

A newer facility with spacious rooms is just one way residents and visitors describe the senior living community of Brookdale Chapel Hill. Located in the beautiful city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, … (read more)
A newer facility with spacious rooms is just one way residents and visitors describe the senior living community of Brookdale Chapel Hill. Located in the beautiful city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, … (read more)

LiveWell at Coker Hills

202 N. Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514

Located west of the Shops at Eastgate, LiveWell at Coker Hills is an assisted living and memory care facility in a residential community of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Residents and visitors complime … (read more)
Located west of the Shops at Eastgate, LiveWell at Coker Hills is an assisted living and memory care facility in a residential community of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Residents and visitors complime … (read more)

2014, 2015

Brookdale Meadowmont

100 Lanark Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517

Brookdale Meadowmont is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, near stores, restaurants and physicians’ offices as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Battle Park. Residents … (read more)
Brookdale Meadowmont is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, near stores, restaurants and physicians’ offices as well as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Battle Park. Residents … (read more)

LiveWell at Governors Club

11472 Club Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517

LiveWell at Governors Club is a senior assisted living and memory care facility located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that offers concierge-style assisted living with staff on site 24 hours for resi … (read more)
LiveWell at Governors Club is a senior assisted living and memory care facility located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that offers concierge-style assisted living with staff on site 24 hours for resi … (read more)

Chatham Ridge Assisted Living

114 Polks Village Lane, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517

Chatham Ridge is a state-of-the-art assisted living community with specialized care for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia in our secure Horizons neighborhood. We’re 8 miles south of downtown … (read more)
Chatham Ridge is a state-of-the-art assisted living community with specialized care for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia in our secure Horizons neighborhood. We’re 8 miles south of downtown … (read more)

LiveWell at Governors Club Chapel Hill

11476 Club Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517


Carolina Meadows

100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517

Residents of Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, call out the caring staff, well-kept grounds and excellent activities program at the facility. Nestled on a 160-acre campus, it has an ass … (read more)
Residents of Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, call out the caring staff, well-kept grounds and excellent activities program at the facility. Nestled on a 160-acre campus, it has an ass … (read more)

The Stratford

405 Smith Level Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

Residents and their families appreciate the personalized care and attention provided by staff at The Stratford in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Nutritious meals and snacks are prepared on-site, and res … (read more)
Residents and their families appreciate the personalized care and attention provided by staff at The Stratford in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Nutritious meals and snacks are prepared on-site, and res … (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)

Carolina Reserve of Durham

4523 Hope Valley Road, Durham, NC, 27707

I was very impressed upon my initial visit with Carolina Reserve of Durham. The staff were warm, open, and generous, not only with my mother but with each other, which was important to me. The staff t … (read more)
I was very impressed upon my initial visit with Carolina Reserve of Durham. The staff were warm, open, and generous, not only with my mother but with each other, which was important to me. The staff t … (read more)

The Addison

4713 Garrett Road,, Durham, NC, 27707

Carillon Assisted Living of Durham, North Carolina, is conveniently located near I-40 and various shopping centers. Visitors have high praise for the facility’s spacious and clean rooms, and they enjo … (read more)
Carillon Assisted Living of Durham, North Carolina, is conveniently located near I-40 and various shopping centers. Visitors have high praise for the facility’s spacious and clean rooms, and they enjo … (read more)

LiveWell at Hope Valley

3736 Bentley Drive, Durham, NC, 27707

LiveWell at Hope Valley is a brand new facility, but the only available room didn’t have a bathroom. The outside area had a pool but they cemented the whole outside area. My mother loves to sit outsid … (read more)
LiveWell at Hope Valley is a brand new facility, but the only available room didn’t have a bathroom. The outside area had a pool but they cemented the whole outside area. My mother loves to sit outsid … (read more)

Ellison’s Rest Home

100 Ellison Drive, Durham, NC, 27713

Ellison’s Rest Home resides in a welcoming part of Durham, North Carolina. It’s just a short drive from the downtown area and major shopping malls, including many clothing stores, restaurants and more … (read more)
Ellison’s Rest Home resides in a welcoming part of Durham, North Carolina. It’s just a short drive from the downtown area and major shopping malls, including many clothing stores, restaurants and more … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Chapel Hill

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 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.

$4800

Chapel Hill

$4010

North Carolina

$4500

United States

$5388

Raleigh

$4470

Rocky Mount

$3325

Burlington

$3800

Greensboro

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.

$4767

In-Home Care

$4767

Home Health Care

$1636

Adult Day Health Care

$4800

Assisted Living Facility

$7026

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

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.

Resource 

Contact 

Description 

(800) 310-9777

This 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.

(919) 968-2070

As 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 211 

211

United 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.

(919) 484-0077

This 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.

(919) 245-4279

The 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