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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Winston-Salem, NC for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Winston Salem, NC below include 19 Assisted Living facilities with 486 reviews. On average in Winston Salem, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 3.98 out of 5 stars.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Winston Salem

Assisted living facilities in Winston-Salem and other parts of the state are licensed and regulated by the Adult Care Licensure Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation. Facilities must follow specific regulations for their design, staffing and services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Winston Salem

  • Winston-Salem is a livable city for older adults. Forsyth County has been a member of AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities since 2018. The city was named one of the nation’s 100 Best Places to Live by Livability in 2020, and it’s one of the best places to retire in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report
  • The cost of living in Winston-Salem is about 18% lower than the national average, and it’s more affordable than other parts of the state. While assisted living is more expensive than average, housing and transportation tend to be much more affordable. Groceries and utilities are slightly lower than national benchmarks.
  • Seniors in the Tar Heel State face a mixed tax outlook. Social Security income is not taxed, but there are few other exemptions. Fortunately, the state is steadily reducing its income tax rate to 3.99% over the next 5 years. The sales tax rate is 7%, just three-tenths of a point below the national average.
  • Seniors in Winston-Salem enjoy a pleasant four-season climate with balanced temperatures that make it one of the most comfortable places in the state. The area receives above-average rainfall and just 6 inches of snow. Average winter lows are in the upper 20s, and summer highs top out around 90 degrees. Assisted living facilities provide individual temperature controls for added comfort.
  • Health care access in Winston-Salem is good. The city has an above-average number of physicians, with 34.4 doctors per 10,000 residents. Top-rated hospitals in the area include Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health Forsyth and the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in nearby Greensboro.
  • Winston-Salem is a very safe community. Residents report just 7.81 crimes per 1,000 residents, which makes the area safer than 68% of U.S. cities. The chances of being the victim of a violent crime are one in 768, and property crimes affect one in every 154 residents, compared to one in 44 across the Tar Heel State.

Paying for Assisted Living in Winston Salem

The median cost of assisted living in Winston-Salem is $4,923 per month, which is well above the state and national averages. Rates may vary depending on the facility, floor plan and service package selected.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Assisted living prices in Winston-Salem are $423 higher than the national average and $913 more than the state median of $4,010. In general, North Carolina is an affordable location for long-term care. Assisted living prices are well below average in Greensboro ($3,800), Hickory ($3,523) and Burlington ($3,325). Rates in Durham are noticeably higher at $4,800; however, this is still $123 lower than Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem

$4,923

North Carolina

$4,010

United States

$4,500

Greensboro

$3,800

Hickory

$3,523

Burlington

$3,325

Durham

$4,800

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

When considering long-term care, seniors should think about their budget, personal needs and preferences. Assisted living includes most of the services seniors need for $4,923. In-home care, which includes chore assistance, and home health care, which includes intermittent skilled nursing, both cost $3,909 per month. Adult day health care costs 70% less than assisted living at $1,354 per month. Nursing homes provide a higher level of medical care, including skilled therapy and rehabilitation, so they cost about 67% more at $8,197 per month.

In-Home Care

$3,909

Home Health Care

$3,909

Adult Day Health Care

$1,354

Assisted Living Facility

$4,923

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$8,197

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Winston Salem

Eligible seniors who live in Winston Salem or in other cities in North Carolina can apply for funding to help pay for assisted living costs through one of two state-funded programs: Project C.A.R.E (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) or the State/County Special Assistance Program.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in North Carolina page.

Financial Assistance 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 Winston Salem

Seniors who are considering assisted living have access to a variety of resources to help them along the way. Government funding also supports senior recreation programs, volunteer organizations and counseling services, in addition to an array of other supports. 

ResourceContactService
Piedmont Triad Regional Council(336) 904-0300The Piedmont Triad Regional Council is home to the Area Agency on Aging for seniors in Winston-Salem and 12 surrounding counties. It provides transportation, legal assistance and information about long-term care. Seniors also qualify for free passes to high school sports championships.
Senior Services Inc.(336) 725-0907Senior Services Inc. has been serving older adults and family caregivers in Winston-Salem for nearly 60 years. Its helpline provides information and referrals for transportation, in-home care, recreational activities and community-based supports. Volunteer opportunities are available for seniors who want to deliver Meals on Wheels, mow lawns, complete paperwork or visit homebound residents.
Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks(336) 727-2313Winston-Salem operates more than a dozen parks and community recreation centers that sponsor fun programs, such as yoga, tai chi and chair volleyball. Residents aged 50 or older can stay active and meet new friends by signing up for the Piedmont Plus Senior Games and Silver Arts competition.
LoveCDC RSVP(336) 269-2762The Love Community Development Corporation sponsors this Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. It recruits adults aged 55 and older who have a desire to work with local organizations that help others. Volunteers are needed for home visits, friendly phone calls, elementary school tutoring and other initiatives.
The Shepherd's Center of Greater Winston-Salem(336) 748-0217This interfaith ministry is a comprehensive resource for older adults in Winston-Salem and surrounding parts of Forsyth County. Active seniors can support peers through the Faith in Action Care Program. Vital Living provides healthy aging workshops and fitness classes to help older adults prevent and manage chronic diseases.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Winston Salem

Winston Salem 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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James

I visited this facility

Review of Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem

Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem was a nice place, but it needed a little bit of upgrading. That was our second choice. We weren't too impressed with the layout of the building. It was a little...

Provider response

James, thank you for sharing your feedback on Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem. We appreciate your detailed review and are glad to hear that you found the team to be friendly and the activities...

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James

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Reynolda Road

When we walked into Brookdale Reynolda Road, it took us probably 10 minutes before we could find somebody. That's one thing that probably turned me off to that place. There was nobody there to...

Provider response

We are sorry to hear your tour of Brookdale Reynolda Road did not meet your expectations. We want to thank you for taking the time to visit and provide feedback. Our staff is committed to providing...

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James

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

Review of Forest Heights Senior Living Community

My mother has moved into Forest Heights Senior Living Community. It's a very clean place. I found plenty of staff there. A lot of the residents were out and about. So they just weren't sitting in...

Provider response

James, thanks for sharing your thoughts on life at Forest Heights. We're delighted to hear that your mother has settled in here comfortably. Our team is committed to offering engaging activities...

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