Wallace is a small town with fewer than 4,000 residents in the Wilmington, North Carolina metro area. Of its population, about a quarter are retirement-aged, promoting access to social programming as well as community-based services for seniors. The town may be well-suited to those looking for an affordable retirement option with warm weather year-round.  

Seniors in Wallace who are unable to safely live alone often transition to an assisted living facility. These residential facilities provide daily social and recreational activities as well as convenient services such as daily meals, housekeeping, salon services and transportation. Assisted living facilities are staffed with trained caregivers who administer personal care services depending on residents’ individualized care plans. According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, assisted living residents in Wallace pay $5,254 per month for services, making it one of the most expensive places in North Carolina to obtain care. 

In this guide, we provide more information on assisted living rates in Wallace and how they compare to care costs in other cities as well as local alternatives. The guide also outlines ways seniors may pay for care and it gives an overview of some of the resources seniors may contact with personalized help with navigating the system.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Wallace, NC

Dayspring of Wallace

4026 S Nc Highway 11, Wallace, NC, 28466

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Dayspring of Wallace was very nice, clean, and the people were friendly. We liked the community a lot. It was really beautifully decorated and there was no odor. The rooms that they showed us were nic … (read more)

Wallace Gardens Care Corporation

1054 NE Railroad St, Wallace, NC, 28466

Pen-Du Rest Home

685 Nc Hwy 50, Wallace, NC, 28466

The Gardens of Rose Hill

535 S Sycamore St, Rose Hill, NC, 28458

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Wallace

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 Wallace

Assisted living facilities in Wallace, as well as in the rest of North Carolina, comply with guidelines set by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation. This department is responsible for licensing assisted living facilities and conducting regular inspections to ensure residents’ safe, clean environment. It also publishes information on reporting abuse. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Wallace

  • Wallace’s low cost of living may make it a good retirement option for seniors with limited incomes. On a 100-point index, overall living expenses in this city are about 20% below the national median and 10% below the state median.
  • Seniors in Wallace don’t pay state income taxes on their Social Security benefits, but all other retirement income is fully taxed. This may impact how much seniors can pay for long-term care costs. 
  • Property crime is more prevalent in Wallace than in the typical U.S. city, but violent crime is relatively rare. The city rates 65.7 for property crime and 17.4 for violent crime on a 100-point index, compared to national respective scores of 35.4 and 22.7. Assisted living may be a good alternative to living alone for older adults concerned about the frequency of property crime in this region. 
  • Wallace has generally warm weather throughout the year, which may appeal to retirees who enjoy outdoor activities. Summers are very warm with July daytime temperatures around 90 degrees, and humidity levels tend to be high. Winters are mild with high temperatures in the mid-50s, and the city gets about an inch of annual snowfall. 
  • Health care options in Wallace are limited, which may be a consideration for older adults, especially those managing ongoing conditions. The city has approximately 42 doctors per capita compared to the national average of 210. The closest major hospital is Vidant Duplin Hospital, which is situated about 20 miles away in Kenansville. 
  • Wallace’s air quality is good and may be beneficial to older adults with conditions such as COPD, asthma or heart disease. On a 100-point index, the city’s air quality is rated 73, which is considerably higher than the national average of 58.

Paying for Assisted Living in Wallace

Seniors in Wallace pay an estimated $5,254 per month for assisted living, though care costs may be higher or lower depending on a facility’s size, amenities and location.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

In Wallace, assisted living facilities rates are $5,254 for monthly services, which is considerably higher than the respective state and national averages of $4,010 and $4,500. The only surveyed city in North Carolina with more expensive assisted living rates is Raleigh, where seniors pay $5,338. In Goldsboro, care costs are $2,500 lower than in Wallace at $2,700 per month. In Jacksonville, seniors pay $3,600, and in Asheville, rates are closer to Wallace’s median at $4,998.  




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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

The cheapest long-term care option in Wallace is an adult day care facility, which costs $1,289 monthly. This is approximately $4,000 less than assisted living, which costs $5,254. Seniors who arrange home-based care pay $4,576 for in-home care and $4,767 for home health care. Assisted living is a cost-effective alternative to nursing home placement, which costs $6,844 for shared rooms and $7,148 for private rooms.


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Note: Care cost data for Wallace was not available, so data for the closest city, Wilmington, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Wallace

In Wallace, low-income seniors may have assisted living services covered under NC Medicaid.  

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 Wallace

Wallace seniors can get help with finding affordable long-term care solutions from several nonprofit agencies and programs. The following table includes resources that provide social and recreational programming, options counseling and help with applying for state, federal and veterans’ benefits that help older adults pay for assisted living.  




(910) 296-2140 

The Senior Resource Center operates numerous programs for older adults in Wallace and the surrounding area. It has information and referral specialists who help older adults identify community-based services such as durable medical equipment loans, transportation services and public benefits counseling. The center also operates congregate meal sites throughout the region, and it plans regular day trips to enable older adults to visit local points of interest. 

(252) 638-3185 (Duplin County) 

(910) 274-0339 (Pender County) 

Area Agencies on Aging are nonprofit agencies funded through the Older Americans Act. They provide services to those aged 60 to help them maintain their independence. AAAs have options counselors who help older adults research local long-term care facilities and options for paying for services. In the Wallace region, they house the long-term care ombudsman programs, which advocate for seniors in assisted living and help them obtain their services. Wallace seniors in Pender County obtain these services through the Cape Fear Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging, and those in Duplin County contact the Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging for services. 

(910) 296-2114 

Duplin County Veteran Services helps older veterans file claims for state and federal veterans' benefits. Through this office, veterans get assistance with gathering supporting documents for their claims and obtaining discharge upgrades that may make them eligible for a wider range of benefits. The office can also help qualifying veterans determine whether they're eligible for veteran's home placement or VA medicare care. Seniors in Pender County obtain these services through their local county office.

NC 211 


NC 211 is a free information and referral service available to all North Carolina residents. Seniors can call this number to speak with a specialist who listens to their needs and helps them connect with services in the community. Some services seniors may find through the helpline include financial and legal advice, benefits screenings, durable medical equipment loans and low-cost wellness services. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Wallace

Wallace 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