Since the 1880s, the twin cities of Winston-Salem have been considered a single entity. This thriving community is home to more than 250,000 residents, including 36,000 seniors, and more than 671,000 residents live in the greater metropolitan area. With six universities, Winston-Salem is often considered a college town, but it has plenty of amenities for older adults. The scenic Yadkin Valley has an idyllic climate that’s ideal for growing tobacco. Recently, it became the state’s first nationally recognized wine-producing region. The city also has excellent medical facilities and other resources for seniors.

Assisted living facilities in Winston-Salem cater to adults who require help with at least one activity of daily living. In addition to providing housing, meals and personal care, they offer recreational activities and resort-style amenities that can help seniors maintain their health and well-being. According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living facilities in Winston-Salem typically charge $4,923 per month, which is much higher than the statewide average. 

The guide takes a deeper look at assisted living prices in Winston-Salem. It reviews some of the pros and cons of living in the area and concludes with a directory of free and low-cost senior services.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Winston Salem, NC

Peace Haven Assisted Living

178 S. Peace Haven Road, Winston Salem, NC, 27104

We chose Peace Haven Assisted Living for my husband. I liked the fact that you will only have probably up to six people in the facility. It’s very small and like a regular home. You have a private roo … (read more)
We chose Peace Haven Assisted Living for my husband. I liked the fact that you will only have probably up to six people in the facility. It’s very small and like a regular home. You have a private roo … (read more)

Brighton Gardens of Greensboro

1208 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC, 27410

Brighton Gardens of Greensboro is located in a residential area in Greensboro, a short trip away from shopping plazas and Guilford College. The facility’s homey, spacious apartments include several fe … (read more)
Brighton Gardens of Greensboro is located in a residential area in Greensboro, a short trip away from shopping plazas and Guilford College. The facility’s homey, spacious apartments include several fe … (read more)

Heritage Greens

801 Meadowood St, Greensboro, NC, 27409

The staff at Heritage Greens were very friendly and helpful, and everything looked pretty good. It was a place that we would consider. Everybody that we saw seemed friendly and helpful. They had some … (read more)
The staff at Heritage Greens were very friendly and helpful, and everything looked pretty good. It was a place that we would consider. Everybody that we saw seemed friendly and helpful. They had some … (read more)

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Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem

2601 Reynolds Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106

My mom is a resident of Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem. I would say that I like that they have tight Covid restrictions. I like that all of their staff is fully vaccinated, and if they’re not vacci … (read more)
My mom is a resident of Brighton Gardens of Winston-Salem. I would say that I like that they have tight Covid restrictions. I like that all of their staff is fully vaccinated, and if they’re not vacci … (read more)

Clemmons Village II

6441 Holder Road, Clemmons, NC, 27012

I recently visited Clemmons Village II – Assisted Living. I was impressed, it’s a very, very nice facility. Their rooms were large and the residents there have the opportunity to personalize their are … (read more)
I recently visited Clemmons Village II – Assisted Living. I was impressed, it’s a very, very nice facility. Their rooms were large and the residents there have the opportunity to personalize their are … (read more)

Priddy Manor Assisted Living

1294 Priddy Road, King, NC, 27021

My mom will move into Priddy Manor Assisted Living. When we walked in, it felt comfortable. It felt kind of like you’re going home. Everybody seemed friendly and clean. It seemed like a nice facility. … (read more)
My mom will move into Priddy Manor Assisted Living. When we walked in, it felt comfortable. It felt kind of like you’re going home. Everybody seemed friendly and clean. It seemed like a nice facility. … (read more)

Walnut Ridge Assisted Living

411 Windmill Street, Walnut Cove, NC, 27052

I placed my mother in Walnut Ridge. They have very caring people. It is very clean. They are great. I will highly recommend them.
I placed my mother in Walnut Ridge. They have very caring people. It is very clean. They are great. I will highly recommend them.

Brookdale High Point North Assisted Living

1568 Skeet Club Road, High Point, NC, 27265

Brookdale High Point North is an assisted living facility nestled into High Point, NC, by the Deep River area and a stone’s throw away from Oak Hollow Lake. Visitors often note that the private room … (read more)
Brookdale High Point North is an assisted living facility nestled into High Point, NC, by the Deep River area and a stone’s throw away from Oak Hollow Lake. Visitors often note that the private room … (read more)

Harmony at Brookberry Farm

5416 Hundley Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106


Mallard Ridge Assisted Living

9420 N. NC Hwy 150, Clemmons, NC, 27012

The people at Mallard Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care were very friendly, and the place was really nice. There were people sitting outside and there were people helping them. They had a lot of a … (read more)
The people at Mallard Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care were very friendly, and the place was really nice. There were people sitting outside and there were people helping them. They had a lot of a … (read more)

The Southwood

3150 Burke Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103

This is a very nice facilty with caring staff. They understand how to meet the needs of the residents in the Special Care Unit.
This is a very nice facilty with caring staff. They understand how to meet the needs of the residents in the Special Care Unit.

North Pointe of Mayodan

6970 NC Highway 135, Mayodan, NC, 27027

We toured North Pointe of Mayodan. First of all, we liked just the initial cleanliness and organization of everything. Presentation was spot on and then we met the staff, who were very friendly, and v … (read more)
We toured North Pointe of Mayodan. First of all, we liked just the initial cleanliness and organization of everything. Presentation was spot on and then we met the staff, who were very friendly, and v … (read more)

Kerner Ridge Assisted Living

250 Hopkins Road, Kernersville, NC, 27284

Kerner Ridge Assisted Living was clean and comfortable. Overall, I was happy with the staff, but when it was under the new ownership, my mother did not receive appropriate medical care resulting in he … (read more)
Kerner Ridge Assisted Living was clean and comfortable. Overall, I was happy with the staff, but when it was under the new ownership, my mother did not receive appropriate medical care resulting in he … (read more)

Shuler Health Care Assisted Living

250 Pitts St, Kernersville, NC, 27284

I think the tour experience with Shuler Health Care Assisted Living was great, but it’s not somewhere I would want to place my mother. It was fun. I thought it was clean and all that, but I can’t imag … (read more)
I think the tour experience with Shuler Health Care Assisted Living was great, but it’s not somewhere I would want to place my mother. It was fun. I thought it was clean and all that, but I can’t imag … (read more)

Brookdale Lexington

161 Young Drive, Lexington, NC, 27292

Brookdale Lexington is situated in Lexington, North Carolina, a few minutes from Sapona Ridge Country Club, Wake Forest Baptist Health Center and Fox Avenue Park. Relatives are impressed with the rang … (read more)
Brookdale Lexington is situated in Lexington, North Carolina, a few minutes from Sapona Ridge Country Club, Wake Forest Baptist Health Center and Fox Avenue Park. Relatives are impressed with the rang … (read more)

Mary’s House Family Care Home

120 Cotton Cross Dr., Lexington, NC, 27292


Spring Arbor of Greensboro

5125 Michaux Road, Greensboro, NC, 27410

Spring Arbor of Greensboro is located in the Laurel Park section of Greensboro in the northern part of the city. Residents and visitors appreciate that the facility successfully blends a modern feel a … (read more)
Spring Arbor of Greensboro is located in the Laurel Park section of Greensboro in the northern part of the city. Residents and visitors appreciate that the facility successfully blends a modern feel a … (read more)

Abbotswood at Irving Park

3504 Flint St., Greensboro, NC, 27405

We toured Abbotswood at Irving Park. We toured the whole facility. So the way they explained it, even with assisted living, it was the same. It just depended on the amount of care that my mom would ne … (read more)
We toured Abbotswood at Irving Park. We toured the whole facility. So the way they explained it, even with assisted living, it was the same. It just depended on the amount of care that my mom would ne … (read more)

Brookstone of Clemmons

4430 Clinard Road, Clemmons, NC, 27102

My friend is in the process of moving into Brookstone Terrace of Clemmons. The place is very nice. They have a nice sitting room and a fireplace. It is all open and it is all on one floor. It is easy … (read more)
My friend is in the process of moving into Brookstone Terrace of Clemmons. The place is very nice. They have a nice sitting room and a fireplace. It is all open and it is all on one floor. It is easy … (read more)

Clapp’s Assisted Living – CLOSED

4558 Pleasant Garden Road, Pleasant Garden, NC, 27313

Clapp’s Assisted Living in Pleasant Garden is an older facility but it’s clean. I don’t have anything bad to say about this place and it’s a small facility.
Clapp’s Assisted Living in Pleasant Garden is an older facility but it’s clean. I don’t have anything bad to say about this place and it’s a small facility.

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Winston Salem

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 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.

$4923

Winston-Salem

$4010

North Carolina

$4500

United States

$3800

Greensboro

$3523

Hickory

$3325

Burlington

$4800

Durham

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.

$3909

In-Home Care

$3909

Home Health Care

$1354

Adult Day Health Care

$4923

Assisted Living Facility

$8197

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Note: Data for Winston-Salem was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, the Winston Area, was used instead.

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.

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 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. 

Resource

Contact

Description

(336) 904-0300

The 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.

(336) 725-0907

Senior 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.

(336) 727-2313

Winston-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.

(336) 269-2762

The 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.

(336) 748-0217

This 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