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

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Durham, NC below include 28 Assisted Living facilities with 617 reviews. On average in Durham, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 4.05 out of 5 stars.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Durham

The North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation regulates assisted living facilities in Durham and throughout North Carolina. It oversees adult care services and conducts regular checks to ensure residents’ safety and quality of care. They also provide a free hotline where residents can register any complaints.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Durham

  • Despite above-average rainfall throughout the year, Durham residents enjoy comfortable weather conditions. There is minimal snowfall during winter and 220 sunny days each year, above the national average.
  • Violent and property crimes in the city are much higher than the national average, but statistics indicate that both are declining. Many assisted living facilities provide advanced security measures such as 24-hour surveillance and specialized access control, so seniors needn’t be concerned.
  • On a scale of 100, Durham has a cost of living rating of 95.2, slightly lower than the national average. Only housing and utilities are higher, and only moderately so. The most significant savings can be found in transportation and health, while groceries are virtually on par with nationwide costs.
  • In Durham, seniors have access to several transportation options. The Triangle Transit Authority Bus and the Durham Area Transit Authority bus offer free fixed-route trips to anyone 60 or older, making it easy and affordable to travel to appointments and shops to pick up essentials.
  • The air quality in Durham is fair. It is ranked one of the cleanest cities for short-term particle pollution, which is good news for people with COPD or other lung diseases. According to the American Lung Association, it has seen an improvement in two metrics, ozone and particle pollution.
  • Durham seniors enjoy moderately favorable tax laws. Social security income is not taxable, but withdrawals from retirement accounts are, as are public and private pensions. This factor should be considered when calculating the cost of assisted living.

Paying for Assisted Living in Durham

The average cost of assisted living in Durham is $4,800, but prices may vary depending on location, amenities, and services. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Durham assisted living services are relatively expensive compared to the national and state averages of $4,500 and $4,010. However, residents a short distance away in Raleigh pay $5,388, almost $700 more each month. With monthly costs averaging $4,400 in Charlotte, seniors could save $400. Cheaper still is Fayetteville and Greensboro where prices range from $3,000-$3,800 monthly. Burlington is one of the least expensive places in the state for assisted living, with average fees of $3,325 per month. 

Durham

$4,800

North Carolina

$4,010

United States

$4,500

Raleigh

$5,388

Charlotte

$4,400

Fayetteville

$3,000

Greensboro

$3,800

Burlington

$3,325

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

An alternative to the $4,800 per month for assisted living in Durham is in-home care or home health care, each costing $4,767 and offering similar services but delivered in the home. Adult day health care is the least expensive option at $1,636 per month while those requiring a higher level of care may need a semiprivate room in a nursing home at a monthly cost of $7,026.

Assisted Living

$4,800

In-Home Care

$4,767

Home Health Care

$4,767

Adult Day Health Care

$1,636

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$7,026

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Durham

Eligible seniors who live in Durham 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 Durham

In Durham, seniors have access to numerous resources to assist them in making the transition to assisted living. They can get advice on benefits, understand the city’s tax regulations, and locate an approved assisted living facility with the help of a local ombudsman.

ResourceContactService
Social Security Administration(800) 772-1213The Social Security Administration serves three dozen cities across the state, including Durham. It provides advice and assistance in filing for retirement benefits as well as referrals to other agencies and can help with managing benefits online.
North Carolina Long-Term Care OmbudsmanVictor.orija@dhhs.nc.govNorth Carolina's Long-Term Care Ombudsman offers a variety of services and programs to seniors living in long-term care throughout the state. Seniors can get advice on selecting an assisted living facility and details about specific communities. Seniors can also seek guidance from the ombudsman about Medicaid and Medicare coverage and application procedures.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs(800) 698-2411Veterans and their qualifying spouses or dependents are served by a network of medical facilities and community-based centers operated by the VA. Among them are several outpatient clinics, a number of regional veteran centers, and four VA hospitals. Vets can also get help with filling out applications for Aid & Attendance and other benefits related to assisted living.
North Carolina 211(888)-892-1162United Way of North Carolina's 211 programs is a valuable resource for information and referrals in North Carolina. Nearly 309 million people throughout the country have access to 211, which is recognized as the leading source of health and human services information. Residents can access the free service any time of day or night to receive confidential information on health and human services available in their community.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Durham

Durham 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.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Gloria

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of Calyx Living in Durham

I moved to Calyx Living. It's close to my son and he found it. It was very pleasant. Nice people. They've got patios and group patios. It's very nice. We have that independence and the food is...

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AndyN

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

Review of Brookdale Chapel Hill Assisted Living

My mother in law lives here now. The staff is stellar! They are caring, communicative and supportive. I am exceptionally pleased that my Mother in Law's health has improved since moving here....

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John

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

Review of Pleasant Living Family Care

My grandmother has moved into Pleasant Living Family Care. It's a small house with a small setting. The staff seem to be professional. The rooms are like regular house rooms. The atmosphere is...

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