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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in New Bern, NC for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in New Bern, NC below include 10 Assisted Living facilities with 56 reviews. On average in New Bern, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 4.14 out of 5 stars.

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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,

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.

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.

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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.

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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 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.

New Bern

$3,645

North Carolina

$4,010

United States

$4,500

Jacksonville

$3,600

Greenville

$4,613

Wilmington

$5,254

Raleigh

$5,388

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.

In-Home Care

$3,813

Home Health Care

$3,813

Assisted Living Facility

$3,645

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7,574

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.

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Eastern Carolina Council(252) 638-3185 Ext.: 3001As 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.
Craven County Senior Services(252) 638-1790Craven 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.
Craven County Adult Services(252) 636-4900The  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.
Legal Aid of North Carolina Senior Law Project(877) 579-7562The 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.
Craven County Veterans Services(252) 636-6611Craven 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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Ronald

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

Review of Navion of New Bern

My sister was in Navion of New Bern. They didn't keep her as active as they could. They had some activities but didn't get my sister involved. The staff did an inadequate job. I had trouble getting...

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Ronald

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

Review of Truewood by Merrill, New Bern

My sister was in Truewood by Merrill. They didn't allow her to come back there after she left the hospital. They didn't give me ample time or warning. They asked me to buy one of those professional...

Provider response

Hi Ronald, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review and our apologies that you didn't receive ample warning after your sister's hospital visit. We will look into this. Please don't...

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Rose

I visited this facility

Review of The Viridian

The Viridian was brand new, very posh, very modern, clean, with high ceilings, and very welcoming at the same time. They had a grand piano in the foyer, glass everywhere, that kind of place....

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