The town of Wake Forest is home to around 45,600 people, including about 5,200 seniors aged 65 or older. It’s a northern Raleigh suburb with easy access to the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area. Senior residents enjoy Wake Forest’s convenient location, affordability and overall quality of life. The town’s central location offers the best of both worlds, with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and beaches to the east. Wake Forest also boasts a quintessential downtown that’s charming and vibrant, plenty of golfing at more than 10 courses in town and the surrounding area and an array of dining options to meet various tastes.

Seniors wishing to retain their independence while receiving personalized supportive care in a residential setting receive both at assisted living facilities. The average cost of assisted living in Wake Forest is $4,800, higher than the national average and much higher than the state average.

This guide provides details on assisted living in Wake Forest that lets seniors compare the average monthly costs of assisted living to other living options. It also provides an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Wake Forest and lists free senior resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Wake Forest, NC

Brookdale Wake Forest

611 South Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC, 27587

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 gran … (read more)
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 gran … (read more)

Nurturing Nest Family Care Home

1600 Wake Drive, Wake Forest, NC, 27587

I recently toured Nurturing Nest, Mellissa the owner is great. She shared that she built this for her own mother. I was completely impressed, the home is beautiful. It is immaculately clean, the livin … (read more)
I recently toured Nurturing Nest, Mellissa the owner is great. She shared that she built this for her own mother. I was completely impressed, the home is beautiful. It is immaculately clean, the livin … (read more)

Renaissance Care Home at Traditions

612 Red Clover Court, Wake Forest, NC, 27587

THIS IS THE PLACE you want for your loved one. I know because I have been on this course for the last 15/20 years with my mom and she has been in many places. This is by far the best facility we have … (read more)
THIS IS THE PLACE you want for your loved one. I know because I have been on this course for the last 15/20 years with my mom and she has been in many places. This is by far the best facility we have … (read more)

Cadence at Wake Forest

3218 Heritage Trade Drive, Wake Forest, NC, 27587

My mother is at Cadence at Wake Forest. Right now, it’s wonderful. We spent the day there with her yesterday. A young lady that I believe runs the place does a great job. The staff was friendly. I don … (read more)
My mother is at Cadence at Wake Forest. Right now, it’s wonderful. We spent the day there with her yesterday. A young lady that I believe runs the place does a great job. The staff was friendly. I don … (read more)

Chantilly Care Home at RiverStone

1116 Chilmark Ave., Wake Forest, NC, 27587


2016, 2017

Sunrise at North Hills

615 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, NC, 27609

Sunrise at North Hills is a senior living community located in at North Hills in Raleigh, NC. The community specializes in assisted living, short-term stays and Alzheimer’s care services. Sunrise at N … (read more)
Sunrise at North Hills is a senior living community located in at North Hills in Raleigh, NC. The community specializes in assisted living, short-term stays and Alzheimer’s care services. Sunrise at N … (read more)

Sunrise of Raleigh

4801 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612

Sunrise of Raleigh is located conveniently in the Crabtree Valley area of Raleigh, North Carolina where access to state parks, shopping and dining are nearby and easily accessible. Visitors to the fac … (read more)
Sunrise of Raleigh is located conveniently in the Crabtree Valley area of Raleigh, North Carolina where access to state parks, shopping and dining are nearby and easily accessible. Visitors to the fac … (read more)

Abbotswood at Stonehenge

7900 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC, 27613

The staff at Abbotswood at Stonehenge seemed like they care. The ones that I talked to seemed to have a passion for caring for their people. They had long-term employees and they recognized them with … (read more)
The staff at Abbotswood at Stonehenge seemed like they care. The ones that I talked to seemed to have a passion for caring for their people. They had long-term employees and they recognized them with … (read more)

Falls River Village

1110 Falls River Ave., Raleigh, NC, 27614

Falls River Village is an assisted living facility located in Raleigh, NC, close to a wide array of attractions, including the Falls Lake Recreational Park and world-class museums. The community featu … (read more)
Falls River Village is an assisted living facility located in Raleigh, NC, close to a wide array of attractions, including the Falls Lake Recreational Park and world-class museums. The community featu … (read more)

Lynn’s Care Home at Riverside

5614 Apalachicula Dr, Raleigh, NC, 27616

This is a wonderful, loving home for my elderly mother. It is not an institution and that is why we love it. My mom especially enjoys mealtime and interaction with others. The staff is incredibly kind … (read more)
This is a wonderful, loving home for my elderly mother. It is not an institution and that is why we love it. My mom especially enjoys mealtime and interaction with others. The staff is incredibly kind … (read more)

TerraBella Northridge

600 Newton Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27615

Terrabella of North Ridge is right in the heart of North Raleigh, North Carolina. It is located just a few miles away from the center of the city with access to museums, shopping, parks and fine dinin … (read more)
Terrabella of North Ridge is right in the heart of North Raleigh, North Carolina. It is located just a few miles away from the center of the city with access to museums, shopping, parks and fine dinin … (read more)

The Haven at Waterford Landing

1008 Flower Round Court, Raleigh, NC, 27604

The Haven is a home in a nice neighborhood with about six residents and, at least, has 2 full-time helpers all the time. It is very calm. When we visit my mom, it is like visiting her in a house inst … (read more)
The Haven is a home in a nice neighborhood with about six residents and, at least, has 2 full-time helpers all the time. It is very calm. When we visit my mom, it is like visiting her in a house inst … (read more)


North Hills Senior Living

110 Dartmouth Road, Raleigh, NC, 27609


Avendelle at Lazy River

2268 Lazy River Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27610


Renaissance Care Home at Neuse River Estates

3604 Neuse Estates Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27604


2012, 2013

Magnolia Glen

5301 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612

Once people become more ill and require more care, Magnolia Glen pushes people to move out. They are not interested in helping with compassionate and loving end of life. They want active people who … (read more)
Once people become more ill and require more care, Magnolia Glen pushes people to move out. They are not interested in helping with compassionate and loving end of life. They want active people who … (read more)

2016

Bright Horizon Senior Care

1405 Falls Church Road, Raleigh, NC, 27609

Bright Horizon Senior Care is nestled in north Raleigh, North Carolina on a quiet residential street, just minutes from Millbrook Exchange Park, shopping and dining. Residents and their loved ones pra … (read more)
Bright Horizon Senior Care is nestled in north Raleigh, North Carolina on a quiet residential street, just minutes from Millbrook Exchange Park, shopping and dining. Residents and their loved ones pra … (read more)

Cadence North Raleigh

5219 Old Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27609

Cadence North Raleigh is very caring and attentive to its residents. It’s a very warm environment. They have lots of wonderful activities and really good food. They celebrate all the holidays. Like in … (read more)
Cadence North Raleigh is very caring and attentive to its residents. It’s a very warm environment. They have lots of wonderful activities and really good food. They celebrate all the holidays. Like in … (read more)

Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community

1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC, 27615

My mother-in-law is in Springmoor. It’s a high-end place, and probably costs $6,000 to $7,000 a month. They have beautiful grounds, it’s a life-care community, and if we could afford it, I’d probably … (read more)
My mother-in-law is in Springmoor. It’s a high-end place, and probably costs $6,000 to $7,000 a month. They have beautiful grounds, it’s a life-care community, and if we could afford it, I’d probably … (read more)

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.

$4800

Wake Forest

$3800

North Carolina

$4300

The United States

$3900

Greenville

$4050

Durham

$4649

Charlotte

$5877

Wilmington

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.

$4004

Homemaker Services

$4195

Home Health Aide

$1463

Adult Day Health Care

$4800

Assisted Living Facility

$7148

Nursing Home Facility (semi-private room)

$8060

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

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

Resource

Contact

Services

(919) 855-3400

Wake 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.

(919) 872-7933

RFS 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.

(800) 310-9777

The 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.

(919) 549-0551

Triangle 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.

(919) 554-4111

The 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