Garner is a diverse town with a population of about 31,000 people and a senior community that accounts for nearly 15% of residents. It’s home to award-winning parks, one-of-a-kind shopping and dining venues and the Garner Performing Arts Center, a 465-seat auditorium in the historic downtown district where visitors enjoy live entertainment. The town is an affordable location for seniors with a modest cost of living and retirement-friendly tax laws. It also features a broad range of free and low-cost services and supports for older adults.  

Many seniors in Garner who are unable to live in their homes reside in assisted living facilities. These facilities provide social and recreational programs, meals, snacks and amenities, such as gardens and pools in a residential setting. Due to the city’s proximity to Raleigh, the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey estimates Garner’s assisted living rate at $4,800 per month, which exceeds state and national medians.  

This guide provides more information on assisted living in Garner, including how facilities are licensed, monthly rate comparisons across other North Carolina cities and alternative senior care options in Garner. It also breaks down the benefits and drawbacks of living here and the local agencies that serve older adults.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Garner, NC

Lawndale Manor

601 Lakeside Drive, Garner, NC, 27529

My mom lived at Lawndale the last 16 months of her life. She enjoyed her time there with all the inspiration, activities and entertainment they have. Joel Anne and Marianna are the activity director … (read more)
My mom lived at Lawndale the last 16 months of her life. She enjoyed her time there with all the inspiration, activities and entertainment they have. Joel Anne and Marianna are the activity director … (read more)

Cadence Garner

200 Minglewood Drive, Garner, NC, 27529


Foundation Senior Living

1437 Aversboro Rd, Garner, NC, 27529


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)

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)

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)

Woodland Terrace

300 Kildaire Woods Drive, Cary, NC, 27511

We have chosen Woodland Terrace because the location to where I live is good. I like the view of the courtyard that my father has, and it’s convenient to the nurse’s station, and has a nice kitchenett … (read more)
We have chosen Woodland Terrace because the location to where I live is good. I like the view of the courtyard that my father has, and it’s convenient to the nurse’s station, and has a nice kitchenett … (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)

Elmcroft of Northridge

600 Newton Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27615

Elmcroft 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 dining … (read more)
Elmcroft 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 dining … (read more)

The Haven at Fuquay

709 Minerva Dale Drive, Fuquay Varina, NC, 27526

My father, who recently passed, was a resident at The Haven @ Fuquay for a short time. He had moved from a large memory care community to this smaller setting where he could receive more 1:1 care This … (read more)
My father, who recently passed, was a resident at The Haven @ Fuquay for a short time. He had moved from a large memory care community to this smaller setting where he could receive more 1:1 care This … (read more)

Bethesda Family Home

984 Avondale Dr, Clayton, NC, 27520

My husband is in Bethesda Family Home. They are wonderful, and they are very efficient. They keep me up-to-date with information. They’re all great. The food is wonderful. The room is adequate because … (read more)
My husband is in Bethesda Family Home. They are wonderful, and they are very efficient. They keep me up-to-date with information. They’re all great. The food is wonderful. The room is adequate because … (read more)

The Haven at Waterford Landing

1008 Flower Round Court, Raleigh, NC, 27604

The Haven is a home in a nice neighborhood with about six residents and, at least, has 2 full-time helpers all the time. It is very calm. When we visit my mom, it is like visiting her in a house inst … (read more)
The Haven is a home in a nice neighborhood with about six residents and, at least, has 2 full-time helpers all the time. It is very calm. When we visit my mom, it is like visiting her in a house inst … (read more)

Avendelle at Lazy River

2267 Lazy River Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27610

My mom moved into Avendelle at Lazy River on Monday. I love the fact that it’s a three to one ratio during the day, so that’s two caregivers for the day, and then one caregiver from 7 p.m to 7 a.m. Th … (read more)
My mom moved into Avendelle at Lazy River on Monday. I love the fact that it’s a three to one ratio during the day, so that’s two caregivers for the day, and then one caregiver from 7 p.m to 7 a.m. Th … (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)

Reserve at Mills Farm

2030 Laura Duncan Rd, Apex, NC, 27523


Gabriel Manor

84 Johnson Estate Road, Clayton, NC, 27520

This place is very unprofessional. The Sales director says one thing and turns around and says something else. Because of this, they cannot be trusted when dealing with families of potential residents … (read more)
This place is very unprofessional. The Sales director says one thing and turns around and says something else. Because of this, they cannot be trusted when dealing with families of potential residents … (read more)

North Hills Senior Living

110 Dartmouth Road, Raleigh, NC, 27609


Peach Tree Assisted Living Homes

502 Carolina Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27606


ParentCare Assisted Living

1975 Hickory Bark Dr, Fuquay Varina, NC, 27526


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Garner

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation, licenses assisted living facilities in Garner and the rest of the state. This division establishes criteria and guidelines facilities must meet for licensure, and it enforces rules and regulations pertaining to staffing, care planning and meals.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Garner

  • Garner is among the more expensive cities in North Carolina to live in, with its cost of living coming in about 5% higher than the state as a whole. However, living costs are about 4% less than the national average, which may make it a financially viable option for retirees. Healthcare expenses are particularly affordable compared to the rest of the state.  
  • Garner seniors don’t pay state income taxes on Social Security benefits, though other types of retirement income are taxed at the state’s flat rate. North Carolina’s sales and property tax rates are moderate, and the state eliminated its estate tax in 2014. 
  • Garner has 220 sunny days per year, compared to the national average of 205 days. It sees about 46 inches of rain and just 3 inches of snow annually. Temperatures are favorable throughout the year, with the spring and fall having the lowest humidity levels and most pleasant temperatures.  
  • On a 100-point air quality index, Garner rates two points higher than the national average at 60. Its water quality is exceptional with a rating of 90, which is 35 points higher than the nationwide median of 55. Clean air and water promote general health and reduces risks associated with respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, which may make Garner a good retirement location.  
  • On a 100-point crime index, Garner’s property crime rates 56.5 and violent crime rates 13.1, compared to national respective averages of 35.4 and 22.7. While property crime rates in Garner are historically higher than state and national medians, this type of crime has been trending downward for the past decade. Violent crime is uncommon, occurring at a rate of about 254 incidents per 100,000 people versus the national rate of 379.  
  • GoWake Access is a county-operated public van service that’s available to those aged 60 and over, as well as veterans. Services are available Monday through Saturday and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (919) 212-7005. Public transit services to Raleigh are available through GoRaleigh via Route 7, Route 20 and Route 40X.   

Paying for Assisted Living in Garner

Seniors in Garner pay approximately $4,800 per month for assisted living services. This is 26% higher than the state median of $3,800 and 12% higher than the national rate of $4,300.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

Garner is among the more expensive cities in North Carolina for assisted living services, with seniors paying approximately $4,800 per month for this type of care. However, it’s an affordable option compared to Wilmington, where fees are the highest in the state at $5,877. In Jacksonville, the cheapest surveyed city in North Carolina for assisted living, average monthly fees are 44% lower than in Garner at $2,675. In Fayetteville, facilities charge about $3,500, and in Hickory, rates come in at around $4,000.  

$4800

Garner

$3800

North Carolina

$4300

The United States

$3500

Fayetteville

$4000

Hickory

$2675

Jacksonville

$5877

Wilmington

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Assisted living fees in Garner average $4,800 monthly, but because this includes housing, meals, recreation and personal care, it may be a financially feasible option despite its high price tag. Seniors who don’t pay rent or mortgage payments may save money on care by obtaining services in their own homes. The cheapest senior care option is adult day health care at $1,463 per month. Homemaker services, which include personal care, housekeeping and meal preparation, costs $4,004, and home health aides, who also provide skilled nursing, charge approximately $4,195. Seniors pay an average of $7,148 for semiprivate rooms in nursing homes and $8,060 for private accommodations.  

$4004

Homemaker Services

$4195

Home Health Aide

$1463

Adult Day Health Care

$4800

Assisted Living Facility

$7148

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8060

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

NoteCare cost data for Garner was not available, so data for the closest city, Raleigh, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Garner

Seniors who require assistance paying for an assisted living facility in Garner and the state of North Carolina may be eligible through the state’s Medicaid plan. Eligibility is based on the Federal Supplemental Security Income Payment and any additional sources of income. While the program doesn’t pay for private rooms, family or individual supplementation is permitted when a private room is preferred.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Garner

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 Garner

Those researching assisted living in the Garner region have access to a range of free resources to help them make educated decisions about the level of care they need and options for paying for services. The following table features resources providing health insurance options counseling, social and recreational programs, advocacy services and referrals. 

Resource Contact Service 
Triangle J Area Agency on Aging (800) 310-9777 The local Area Agency on Aging oversees and administers a broad range of programs and services for Garner residents aged 60 and over, including free legal assistance, congregate meal programs, multipurpose senior centers, volunteer opportunities and health promotion classes. It also operates the region’s long-term care ombudsman program to advocate on behalf of assisted living residents, help seniors and families identify financial assistance options and resolve issues related to the quality of care. 
Garner Senior Center (919) 779-0122 Garner Senior Center is operated by the city and is open to residents aged 55 and over. This 16,000-square-foot center hosts programs such as art and painting classes, games, day trips, health and wellness programs and fitness classes. It has over 300 attendees per day and about 6,500 per month, providing a dynamic social environment.  
Wake County Senior and Adult Services  (919) 856-6160 Wake County’s Senior and Adult Services promotes the quality of life of older adults in Garner through placement screenings and information on senior care options, guardianship services and adult protective services.  
Resources for Seniors, Inc. (919) 872-7933 Resources for Seniors, Inc., is a comprehensive database that provides information on home- and community-based services in the Garner region. Through this resource, seniors obtain information and referrals, find local senior centers and arrange transportation services. 
Veterans Services (919) 268-7456 The county’s Veterans Services office supports Garner veterans and their families by helping them obtain the benefits they’re entitled to. Through this office, veterans can apply for pension programs and the VA Aid and Attendance benefit, which can be used toward assisted living expenses.  

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Garner

Garner-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 Garner