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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Wake Forest, NC for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Wake Forest, NC below include 32 Assisted Living facilities with 515 reviews. On average in Wake Forest, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 3.82 out of 5 stars.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Wake Forest

Assisted living residences are called adult care homes in North Carolina. The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation licenses adult care homes in Wake Forest and throughout the state. They’re monitored by Adult Home Specialists within each county’s Departments of Social Services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Wake Forest

  • The cost of living in Wake Forest is about 19% higher than the state average and 9.5% higher than the national average. However, seniors concerned about the rising cost of health care will appreciate that Wake Forest’s health care costs are about 14% lower than the state average and 7% lower than the national average.
  • Although Wake Forest doesn’t have its own hospital, its proximity to Raleigh means it’s only a few miles from top-rated facilities. About 11 miles away, Duke Raleigh Hospital was rated high performing in orthopedics and five adult procedures or conditions. WakeMed Health and Hospitals Raleigh Campus, about 13 miles away, was nationally ranked in rehabilitation and eight adult procedures and conditions.
  • Wake Forest receives an above-average amount of annual rainfall but well below the national average of snowfall. Residents enjoy an average of 214 sunny days per year. July is the hottest month with an average high of nearly 90 degrees, but June, July and August can have uncomfortable humidity. Daytime highs are in the low 50s throughout the winter.
  • North Carolina is moderately tax-friendly towards retirees in Wake Forest. All Social Security retirement benefits are exempt from income taxes, which helps seniors stretch their money. However, other forms of retirement income are taxed at a flat rate of 5.25%, including public and private pensions.
  • Violent crime in Wake Forest is well below the state and national medians. While North Carolina has an average rate of 21.4 and the nation’s is 22.7, Wake Forest’s rate is just 9.9. Although Wake Forest’s property crime rate is slightly higher than the national average, it’s lower than the state average.
  • The GoWake Access program provides door-to-door, shared-ride transportation to Wake County residents aged 60 or older or disabled. Rides are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be reserved one day in advance.

Paying for Assisted Living in Wake Forest

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Wake Forest is $4,800. Unfortunately, this makes the town’s costs higher than the state average by $1,000 and $500 higher than the national average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The average cost of assisted living in Wake Forest is higher than in many other cities around the state, but it doesn’t have the highest costs. Compared to Wilmington, the average cost of assisted living in Wake Forest is more than $1,000 less per month. However, it’s nearly $250 higher than Charlotte, $750 higher than Durham and $900 higher than Greenville.

Wake Forest

$4,800

North Carolina

$3,800

The United States

$4,300

Greenville

$3,900

Durham

$4,050

Charlotte

$4,649

Wilmington

$5,877

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors may seek to compare assisted living costs to other types of senior care based on their level of care needs. The least expensive is adult day health care at an average of $1,463 per month. Homemaker services and home health aides provide care in seniors’ homes and cost an average of $4,004 and $4,195 per month, respectively. Nursing home care is the most expensive at $7,148 for semi-private rooms and $8,060 for private rooms.

Homemaker Services

$4,004

Home Health Aide

$4,195

Adult Day Health Care

$1,463

Assisted Living Facility

$4,800

Nursing Home Facility (semi-private room)

$7,148

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$8,060

Note: Data for Wake Forest was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Raleigh, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Wake Forest

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 Wake Forest

Seniors looking for support services, social activities and other senior services benefit from several free resources provided in Wake Forest and throughout the county and state. Government entities and nonprofit organizations offer an array of services to seniors to help them remain independent and healthy

ResourceContactService
Wake County Senior and Adult Services(919) 855-3400Wake County Senior and Adult Services helps seniors maximize their safety, health and self-sufficiency, so they can maintain the highest quality of life in adult and family care homes. This program includes adult protective services, guardianship services, a special assistance in-home program, adult and community services and funding for unmet health and safety needs.
Resources for Seniors, Inc.(919) 872-7933RFS serves older adults and adults with disabilities throughout Wake County to help them maximize their safety, independence and overall well-being. It provides information and referral services and assists with in-home care, senior centers, adult day services, home repair, transportation and more.
Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman(800) 310-9777The Office of the State LTC Ombudsman and 16 Offices of the Regional LTC Ombudsman assist residents of long-term care facilities in exercising their rights and attempt to resolve problems between residents and facilities. They also answer questions and offer guidance on the LTC system.
Triangle J Area Agency on Aging(919) 549-0551Triangle J Area Agency on Aging serves several counties, including Wake, Durham, Chatham, Lee, Johnston, Orange and Moore. Its Aging Well Program provides various senior services, including multi-purpose senior centers, transportation and mobility assistance, dining programs, health-promotion classes, employment programs and volunteer opportunities.
Northern Wake Senior Center(919) 554-4111The Northern Wake Senior Center offers various programs to seniors aged 55 and older. The Center offers several social events each month, educational programs and free blood pressure checks and medication management classes. It also provides a full schedule of recreational activities, including ballroom and line dancing, aerobics, painting, wood carving and craft making.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Wake Forest

Wake forest-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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Sue

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

Review of Cadence Wake Forest

My mother-in-law is at Cadence Wake Forest. They are very caring, considerate, and private. They have been excellent at taking care of my mother-in-law. They have southern cooking, which is what my...

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Herman

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Wake Forest

Brookdale Wake Forest had better outdoor space than the other place I visited. The interior was more open, and not much difference in the floor plans of other places. The staff made us feel...

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rdgray

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

Review of Brookdale Wake Forest

Glenda was the worst staff member I have ever interacted with while visiting my grandmother at Brookdale. Her attitude was rude and dismissive while I was trying to ask a simple question about my...

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