New Bern is a charming riverfront community located near the North Carolina coast. The historic city is home to more than 31,300 residents, of whom 22.7% are adults aged 65 and older. Here, seniors can enjoy an affordable retirement lifestyle in an environment that promotes healthy, active aging.

While there are a number of ways to support the needs of seniors as they age, many may benefit from the care offered at an assisted living community. These communities provide a safe and social environment where aging adults have access to 24-hour care and assistance from trained caregiving staff. Additional amenities such as daily meals, transportation and recreational programming are also often included. Seniors in New Bern can expect to pay around $3,645 per month for these services, which is affordable compared to both the state median and national average.

This guide provides information for seniors and families interested in learning more about assisted living in New Bern. It includes the typical cost of assisted living care, where individuals can go for financial assistance and some of the pros and cons of retiring in the city. It also features a list of helpful senior-focused resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in New Bern, NC

Brookdale New Bern

1336 South Glenburnie Road, New Bern, NC, 28562

Brookdale New Bern is located in New Bern, North Carolina, close to Tryon Palace and Gardens, the Croatan National Forest and a short drive from the beaches of the Outer Banks. Family members give hig … (read more)
Brookdale New Bern is located in New Bern, North Carolina, close to Tryon Palace and Gardens, the Croatan National Forest and a short drive from the beaches of the Outer Banks. Family members give hig … (read more)

2015

Truewood by Merrill, New Bern

2701 Amhurst Blvd, New Bern, NC, 28562

Courtyards at Berne Village is located in New Bern, North Carolina, just a few blocks from Route 17 and the New Bern Mall. Residents and their families compliment the community’s clean, spacious acc … (read more)
Courtyards at Berne Village is located in New Bern, North Carolina, just a few blocks from Route 17 and the New Bern Mall. Residents and their families compliment the community’s clean, spacious acc … (read more)

2013, 2016

Croatan Village

4522 Old Cherry Point Rd, New Bern, NC, 28560

The people at Croatan Village were really nice and very caring. The facility was about average, but I think it’s the people that made it. They were very interested in their clients’ well-being. They h … (read more)
The people at Croatan Village were really nice and very caring. The facility was about average, but I think it’s the people that made it. They were very interested in their clients’ well-being. They h … (read more)

Home Place of New Bern

1309 McCarthy Boulevard, New Bern, NC, 28562

Home Place of New Bern is located in the eastern North Carolina city of New Bern, and sits minutes from the New Bern Mall and New Bern Golf and Country Club. Residents and their loved ones say staff m … (read more)
Home Place of New Bern is located in the eastern North Carolina city of New Bern, and sits minutes from the New Bern Mall and New Bern Golf and Country Club. Residents and their loved ones say staff m … (read more)

The Viridian

3003 Waterscape Wy, New Bern, NC, 28562

My mother has found a place to stay, and she is staying at The Viridian. It’s a nice place. It’s brand new. They have private rooms. My mother wanted a private room, and they went out of their way to … (read more)
My mother has found a place to stay, and she is staying at The Viridian. It’s a nice place. It’s brand new. They have private rooms. My mother wanted a private room, and they went out of their way to … (read more)

The Gardens of Trent

2915 Brunswick Avenue, New Bern, NC, 28562


Riverstone

104 Efird Blvd, New Bern, NC, 28562


Good Shepherd Home For The Aged

603 West Street, New Bern, NC, 28560


The Gardens of Pamlico

22 Magnolia Way, Grantsboro, NC, 28529

The Gardens of Pamlico is located in Grantsboro, North Carolina, just a few blocks from the Pamlico County Heritage Center. Visitors report a beneficial experience with this facility and are impressed … (read more)
The Gardens of Pamlico is located in Grantsboro, North Carolina, just a few blocks from the Pamlico County Heritage Center. Visitors report a beneficial experience with this facility and are impressed … (read more)

Carteret House

3020 Market Street, Newport, NC, 28570

Sommerset has a very friendly staff and patients are free to enjoy the facility as well. The facility was clean and seemed to be well organized with distribution of meals, medications and more. Pati … (read more)
Sommerset has a very friendly staff and patients are free to enjoy the facility as well. The facility was clean and seemed to be well organized with distribution of meals, medications and more. Pati … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in New Bern

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 New Bern

In North Carolina, all assisted living residences are licensed and regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation. This includes both adult care homes and multi-unit assisted housing with services facilities. All licensed facilities are inspected annually, with quarterly reviews conducted by individual counties’ Departments of Social Services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in New Bern

  • There’s plenty for seniors to do in New Bern, especially for older adults who enjoy the outdoors. The city’s riverfront setting is ideal for those who enjoy fishing and boating. It’s also home to numerous hiking trails, local parks and golf courses. In the city’s historic downtown, retirees can find an array of cultural attractions, galleries, boutiques and gourmet restaurants
  • Seniors in New Bern can enjoy an affordable retirement. With a cost of living index of 81.9, living in New Bern is not only less expensive than in the average North Carolina city, but it’s also 18.1% lower than the U.S. national average.
  • Crime rates in New Bern are a little above average. While local rates of violent crime are similar to the national average, property crime rates are quite high. On a scale of 100, the city receives a score of 55.9 for property-related offenses, which is more than 20 points higher than the national average of 35.4. Fortunately, most facilities are equipped with security features such as video surveillance and secure entrances.
  • One of the biggest benefits of retiring to New Bern is its comfortable year-round climate. Winter temperatures don’t drop below the mid-30s, and the area receives minimal snowfall. Summers are also quite pleasant, though they can be humid. The region is known to experience some extreme weather and storms, especially during hurricane season, which is something seniors should be mindful of.
  • North Carolina is moderately tax-friendly toward retirees. Social Security income is not taxed by the state; however, withdrawals from retirement accounts and pension income are fully taxed.
  • The Craven Area Rural Transit System (CARTS) makes it easy for seniors to get around the city. CARTS operates a fixed route loop service as well as a complementary paratransit service for those with mobility issues. Adults aged 65 and older are eligible for half-priced fares.
  • Seniors have access to a range of health services and emergency care at CarolinaEast Medical Center. The award-winning hospital specializes in numerous fields that may be helpful to seniors, including cardiac rehabilitation, neurology, orthopedics and podiatry,

Paying for Assisted Living in New Bern

According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, seniors pay an average of $3,645 per month for assisted living care in New Bern. Not only is this lower than the statewide median of $4,010, but it’s more than $850 lower than the U.S. national average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

New Bern is also an affordable option compared to other cities in eastern North Carolina. While assisted living in Jacksonville is similarly priced at $3,600 per month, rates in Greenville are more than $1,000 higher. Wilmington and Raleigh are even more expensive, with average monthly rates of $5,254 and $5,388, respectively.

$3645

New Bern

$4010

North Carolina

$4500

United States

$3600

Jacksonville

$4613

Greenville

$5254

Wilmington

$5388

Raleigh

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

There are some additional options to explore that may better suit an individual’s needs, living preferences and budget. While assisted living is the most affordable option, seniors who wish to age in place at home may opt for in-home care or home health care services. Both cost an average of $3,813 per month in New Bern. Those in need of more focused care and medical attention may be best suited in a nursing home facility, where rates average $7,574 per month for a semiprivate room.

$3813

In-Home Care

$3813

Home Health Care

$3645

Assisted Living Facility

$7574

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New Bern

North Carolina offers the State/County Special Assistance Program, an SSI state supplement which provides elderly and low-income residents with enough financial aid to pay for the costs of adult care homes. This program is meant for seniors who need non-medical care on a regular basis but can no longer live at home on their own.

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 New Bern

There are a number of free local resources in New Bern to support the needs of seniors as they age. The following list features organizations that offer services and programs to help older adults navigate their long-term care needs and overall wellness, including case management, nutritional counseling, benefits assistance and legal aid.

Resource

Contact

Service

(252) 638-3185 Ext.: 3001

As the region's Area Agency on Aging, the Eastern Carolina Council helps connect seniors aged 60 and older with information and resources to support their needs. Its programs include senior advocacy, elder abuse prevention, family caregiver support, food assistance and evidence-based health promotion programs.

(252) 638-1790

Craven County Senior Services provides assistance and support to adults aged 60 and older. Its services include home-delivered meals, health promotion programs and support groups. The organization is also responsible for the operation of the Craven County Senior Center, where seniors can participate in activities and exercise programs, special events and congregate meals.

(252) 636-4900

The  Adult Services Division of the Craven County Department of Social Services offers a range of services to support the needs of elderly and disabled individuals. The agency can provide case management to help families find, access and coordinate services, as well as adult placement services for those who require a nursing-home level of care. Other services include guardianship, in-home aides and personal care coordination.

(877) 579-7562

The Senior Law Project is an initiative of Legal Aid of North Carolina that provides free civil legal assistance to individuals aged 60 and older. Seniors can call the organization's helpline for advice and representation on matters such as wills and powers of attorney, public health and retirement benefits, elder abuse, consumer issues and housing.

(252) 636-6611

Craven County Veterans Services can provide veterans and their dependents with information and assistance in accessing the benefits they're entitled to. The agency offers a wide range of services, including disability compensation and pension guidance, life insurance information, assistance with VA medical center enrollment and help with submitting claims appeals.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New Bern

New Bern 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