Southern Pines is a small southern town in Moore County that offers an exceptional quality of life for seniors who appreciate outdoor activities, an abundance of medical services and an active downtown area with numerous charming shops and cafes. Seniors who love golf have access to prestigious courses, and outdoorsy seniors can take advantage of an extensive park system with lakes, walking trails and the pristine Weymouth Woods. Southern Pines, which is nationally recognized for its equestrian activity, is home to more than 15,500 residents, including more than 4,200 seniors aged 65 or older.  

Assisted living effectively blends continued independence with personalized supportive care, housekeeping and limited nursing care in a residential setting. Seniors pay an average cost of $3,500 per month for assisted living in Southern Pines, which is lower than the state average and even lower than the national average.

This guide contains information on the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Southern Pines and provides numerous cost comparisons, including average assisted living costs of other North Carolina cities and other types of senior care. It also offers a list of free senior resources available locally.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Southern Pines, NC

St. Joseph of the Pines

490 Central Drive, Southern Pines, NC, 28387

I like that St. Joseph of the Pines has the ability to get anybody at any time. We have a sitting area here with a TV where everybody sits around and watches TV stations. The staff is thoughtful. I ju … (read more)
I like that St. Joseph of the Pines has the ability to get anybody at any time. We have a sitting area here with a TV where everybody sits around and watches TV stations. The staff is thoughtful. I ju … (read more)

TerraBella Southern Pines

101 Brucewood Road, Southern Pines, NC, 28387

The staff was the most professional. The place itself and the people I met there were definitely on the top of the list of places I would consider. The place is clean and you can choose from several d … (read more)
The staff was the most professional. The place itself and the people I met there were definitely on the top of the list of places I would consider. The place is clean and you can choose from several d … (read more)

Magnolia Gardens

594 Murray Hill Road, Southern Pines, NC, 28387

We liked Magnolia Gardens, particularly the area that had the private rooms in the newer wing. It was definitely the nicer part of the facility. The atmosphere was pretty good. The main reason that we … (read more)
We liked Magnolia Gardens, particularly the area that had the private rooms in the newer wing. It was definitely the nicer part of the facility. The atmosphere was pretty good. The main reason that we … (read more)

The Coventry

105 Gossman Rd, Southern Pines, NC, 28387

The Coventry is part of St. Joseph of the Pines Continuing Care Retirement Community. I was told they do not accept potential residents from the community – you have to be part of the buy-in system fo … (read more)
The Coventry is part of St. Joseph of the Pines Continuing Care Retirement Community. I was told they do not accept potential residents from the community – you have to be part of the buy-in system fo … (read more)

2015

Brookdale Pinehurst

17 Regional Drive, Pinehurst, NC, 28374

Bad experience and scary experience for some of out most vulnerable people in society–the elderly! We were misled by the management as to the services that would be provided and that we paid for. S … (read more)
Bad experience and scary experience for some of out most vulnerable people in society–the elderly! We were misled by the management as to the services that would be provided and that we paid for. S … (read more)

2013, 2014

Fox Hollow Senior Living Community

190 Fox Hollow Road, Pinehurst, NC, 28374

Fox Hollow Senior Living Community was a little bit less expensive, but it was not nearly as nice as the other facility we checked out. I think it was the assistant director who gave us a tour that da … (read more)
Fox Hollow Senior Living Community was a little bit less expensive, but it was not nearly as nice as the other facility we checked out. I think it was the assistant director who gave us a tour that da … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Southern Pines

Assisted living residences, called adult care homes in North Carolina, are licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation. Adult Home Specialists within the appropriate county’s Department of Social Services monitor facilities in Southern Pines and throughout the state.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Southern Pines

  • Seniors in Southern Pines benefit from North Carolina being moderately tax-friendly toward retirees. The state exempts Social Security retirement benefits from income taxes. Other forms of retirement income, including pensions, are taxed at a flat rate of 5.25%, which is lower than in some states.
  • Regarding sales taxes, North Carolina is also moderately friendly with an average combined state and local sales tax rate of 6.98%. This rate ranks the state lower than 25 others. Taxes are even lower in Southern Pines because Moore County only charges 2% sales tax on top of the state’s 4.75% for a total of 6.75%. However, this amount is still higher than 67% of other cities and counties in the state.
  • Although Southern Pines doesn’t have a local hospital, it’s only about 4 miles from FirstHealth Moore Regional Health in Pinehurst, which was regionally ranked fifth in North Carolina. The 402-bed, acute care hospital is home to the FirstHealth Cardiac & Vascular Institute and rated as high-performing in 15 procedures and conditions, including treatment of heart failure, heart attack, and stroke and hip fractures, as well as for performing hip and knee replacements, diabetes and heart bypass surgery.
  • The cost of living in Southern Pines is only slightly higher than the national average by about 1.5% but it’s higher than the state average by 11%. However, a big portion of this is due to higher housing costs, which shouldn’t impact seniors in assisted living facilities.
  • Southern Pines has a relatively wet climate with an average of 47 inches of annual rainfall compared to the national average of 38 inches. However, it only sees about 3 inches of snow each year compared to the nationwide average of 28 inches. It boasts four comfortable months when the high temperatures range between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the hottest month with an average high of about 90 degrees, making Southern Pines warmer than most places in the state.

Paying for Assisted Living in Southern Pines

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Southern Pines is $3,500 per month. This amount makes the city’s monthly average less than the state’s average by $300 and less than the national average by $800.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Southern Pines’ average cost of assisted living is also lower than that of most other cities nearby. Although it’s higher than Burlington’s average by $650 per month, it’s lower than Goldsboro’s by $173. Southern Pines’ average is also lower than Durham’s by $550 and Raleigh’s by $1,300.

$3500

Southern Pines

$3800

North Carolina

$4300

The United States

$2850

Burlington

$3673

Goldsboro

$4050

Durham

$4800

Raleigh

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who are unsure of the type of senior care they need may consider other options. Compared to assisted living, adult day health care is significantly lower in Southern Pines at only $867 monthly. However, this offers extremely limited care. For those wanting to age in place at home, the average costs of homemaker services and home health aides are only slightly higher at $3,623 per month. Nursing home care is the costliest at $6,722 per month for semiprivate rooms and $7,163 for private rooms.

$3623

Homemaker Services

$3623

Home Health Aide

$867

Adult Day Health Care

$3500

Assisted Living Facility

$6722

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7163

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Southern Pines was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Fayetteville, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Southern Pines

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 Southern Pines

Seniors looking for activities and services that help keep older adults and provide socialization opportunities can find several free resources offered at a state, county or regional level.

Resource

Contact 

Services

(910) 692-7376

Southern Pines Senior Services offers activities and special events to keep seniors active and engaged with others. Programs and services include clubs, educational opportunities, fitness and other classes, trips and library activities. Scheduled events include arts and crafts festivals, holiday events, outdoor movies in the park and parades.

(910) 947-4483

The Moore County Department of Aging provides services to promote the well-being of older adults countywide. Services include fitness programs, nutrition programs, information and assistance, transportation, senior volunteer programs, in-home aide services and telephone reassurance. An information and assistance coordinator can make referrals and coordinate services that allow seniors to stay in the least restrictive environments.

(800) 624-3004

The Triangle J Council of Governments administers the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program in Moore County. An LTC Ombudsman is a trained advocate who upholds the rights of long-term care facility residents, including those in assisted living. These advocates address quality of care issues through information and mediation,they and educate residents, family members, the public and facility staff on long-term care issues and elder abuse prevention, detection and reporting.

(910) 947-4483

The Senior Enrichment Center is available to any Moore County resident aged 50 or older. It provides fun activities to help increase socialization among older adults, including a monthly calendar of programs and socials. The center also houses a multi-purpose recreation room with a pickleball court, two-lane walking track, cornhole set, shuffleboard court and table tennis.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Southern Pines

Southern Pines-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 North Carolina