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

Gastonia is the county seat of Gaston County, NC. It lies just 22 miles east of Charlotte and is well connected by road. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is approximately 17 miles away. The city offers a lower-than-average cost of living, a pleasant climate and convenient access to health care facilities, including CaroMont Regional Medical Center – Gastonia. The local population of around 81,000 includes approximately 12,500 seniors aged 65 or older, representing 15.5% of the total number of people.

Gastonia’s older residents have access to several assisted living communities, which provide nonmedical care and support for those who can’t live independently but don’t need the high-level care of a nursing home. Services typically include assistance with day-to-day activities, such as transferring, personal hygiene and dressing, as well as meal preparation and maintenance. Assisted living averages $4,400 per month in Gastonia, which is higher than the state average of $4,010 but $100 lower than the national average of $4,500.

This guide discusses how desirable Gastonia is for older adults and compares costs of long-term care. It also includes a list of affordable local programs and services that support the city’s aging population.      

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Gastonia

North Carolina’s Division of Health Service Regulation’s Adult Care Licensure Section is responsible for licensing and monitoring assisted living communities statewide, including in Gastonia. Section staff members inspect facilities each year and ensure they are compliant with state and federal regulations.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Gastonia

  • The overall cost of living in Gastonia is lower than the state and national averages; Gastonia’s living costs are almost 13% lower than the U.S. average. Locals experience significant savings when it comes to housing, transportation and groceries.
  • The local sales tax rate is 6.8% in Gastonia, which is slightly lower than the national average of 7.3%. Although North Carolina taxes retirement income, all Social Security payments are tax-exempt. Additionally, the state offers homestead exemptions for senior homeowners.   
  • Although health care costs run approximately 11.5% higher in Gastonia than the national average, seniors in Gastonia typically pay less for clinical care than those in many other cities throughout the state. Gastonia has 172 doctors per 100,000 people compared with the national average of 210 physicians per capita.
  • Gastonia has pleasant temperatures for much of the year, with hot summers and mild winters. The city has an average of 214 sunny days each year, compared to the U.S. average of 205. While the city typically experiences 5 more inches of rain than the national average, it only averages 2 inches of snow against the U.S. average of 28 inches.
  • Gastonia’s seniors have easy access to several medical facilities. The 24-hour CaroMont Regional Medical Center – Gastonia, complete with emergency, surgical and full medical care, and Atrium Health Primary Care Eastridge Family Medicine are within the city’s limits. Plentiful pharmacies and specialty clinics are also at hand. Atrium Health Kings Mountain is 10 miles from Gastonia, and Charlotte’s hospitals are around a 30-minute drive away.         

Paying for Assisted Living in Gastonia

Gastonia’s assisted living communities charge an average of $4,400 per month. Actual costs vary depending on factors such as services and amenities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $4,400 per month, assisted living is a little cheaper in Gastonia than the national average of $4,500. However, it’s costlier than the statewide median fee of $4,010. The average monthly rate drops to $3,523 in Hickory. East in Fayetteville, the average rate drops further to $3,000. In Asheville, seniors can expect to pay almost $600 more than in Gastonia. For comparison, those in the state capital of Raleigh typically pay a much higher fee of $5,388 for monthly care.  

Gastonia

$4,400

North Carolina

$4,010

United States

$4,500

Asheville

$4,998

Fayetteville

$3,000

Hickory

$3,523

Raleigh

$5,388

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In Gastonia, assisted living is typically more affordable than aging in place; in-home and home health care run $4,448 and $4,767 per month, respectively. Seniors who receive care outside the home generally pay around $1,192 per month for adult day care, which can be a significant savings. Nursing homes provide the highest levels of care and so have the most expensive prices; a semiprivate room in a nursing home generally costs $3,356 more than assisted living.  

In-Home Care

$4,668

Home Health Care

$4,767

Adult Day Health Care

$1,192

Assisted Living Facility

$4,400

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7,756

Note: Data for Gastonia was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Charlotte, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Gastonia

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 Gastonia

The below organizations provide an array of support services and programs to help seniors as they age. Resources include legal advice, enrichment and wellness programming and financial counseling.   

ResourceContactService
Gaston County Adult & Aging Services (704) 862-7540Gaston County Aging & Adult Services provides a wide range of support services for seniors. Programs include transportation, legal advice, congregate meals and adult placement services. The department investigates complaints of senior abuse and neglect, and it provides guardianship services if necessary.
Gaston County Senior Center(704) 922-2170Gaston County Senior Center offers an array of enrichment, engagement and practical programs for seniors. Attendees can get information on topics such as long-term care, tax and insurance counseling. Fitness activities include yoga, tai chi and dancing. The calendar also includes craft classes, games, cooking and health screenings.
Senior Law Project(877) 579-7562Operated by Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Senior Law Project provides free legal advice and assistance on diverse areas of civil law to people aged 60 and older. Legal topics include public benefits, consumer issues, elder abuse and future planning matters, such as powers of attorney and wills.
Centralina Area Agency on Aging(800) 508-5777Centralina Area Agency on Aging serves Gaston County and the surrounding area. Services include wellness classes, transportation, options counseling and virtual enrichment programming. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for seniors’ rights related to residential care, and volunteers help people resolve complaints against facilities.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Gastonia

Gastonia 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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Alisa

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Review of Brookdale New Hope

Brookdale New Hope was a larger facility but well-staffed with the appropriate level of caregivers. It is one level so that ambulation of the resident would be easy. They have restaurant-style...

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Ruth

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

Review of Morningside of Gastonia

My mother was at Morningside of Gastonia. It was very clean and well appointed. It's a really great place. It's well-maintained. All of the administrative staff there were very wonderful to work...

Provider response

Thanks for your feedback Ruth. We appreciate your compliments for the community, for our dining and activities, and most of all your kind words for our team. We're honored that your mom made her...

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Marge

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Review of Brookdale New Hope

I went to Brookdale New Hope. It was one that I liked. My only thing with New Hope is they have extremely small showers. The bathroom seems to be small and I imagine it works, but I couldn't...

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