6 Memory Care Facilities in Orange County, NC

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LiveWell at Birchwood Lake Estates

Provides: Memory Care
6720 Pauline Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
"We are proud to offer a different kind of assisted living/memory care community in Chapel Hill. Our homes are all designed to be welcoming, friendly places for all friends and family. Whether your..." More

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Brookdale Meadowmont

Provides: Memory Care
100 Lanark Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
"When it wasn't convenient for the management to keep my mother in their dementia unit they "hospital dumped" her. After 4 years and nearly $300,000 in fees they sent her to the emergency room with..." More

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LiveWell at Governors Club

Provides: Memory Care
11472 Club Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
"We are proud to offer a different kind of assisted living/memory care community in Chapel Hill. Our homes are all designed to be welcoming, friendly places for all friends and family. Whether your..." More

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Chatham Ridge Assisted Living

Provides: Memory Care
143 Chatham Downs Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
"We’re excited to be bringing the best in assisted living and memory care to the Triangle. Chatham Ridge Assisted Living will be located in Polks Village in southern Chapel Hill, just south of the..." More

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LiveWell at Governors Club Chapel Hill

Provides: Memory Care
11476 Club Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
"We are proud to offer a different kind of assisted living/memory care community. Our assisted living homes are all designed to be welcoming, friendly places for all friends and family. Whether your..." More

Chatham Ridge Assisted Living

Provides: Memory Care
114 Polks Village Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
"I chose Chatham Ridge Assisted Living because I was impressed with my visit. I liked what they said about their approach in caring for residents in their assisted living. It's a beautiful..." More

    What to Consider About Memory Care in Orange County

    The Alzheimer's Association estimates that some 170,000 people have Alzheimer's in North Carolina. This figure is expected to grow 23.5 percent to 210,000 people by 2025.

    Orange County, NC, is located in north central North Carolina, and its largest community is Chapel Hill. Its population as of July 2017 is estimated to be 144,946 residents, 13.4 percent of whom are 65 or over. To accommodate these seniors who may have Alzheimer's or dementia, there are six memory care facilities in Orange County, all of them located in Chapel Hill.

    In Orange County as in the rest of North Carolina, memory care facilities are officially known as Special Care Units (SCUs) within Adult Care Homes (ACHs). The state considers ACHs to be a type of assisted living residence (ALR).

    • Orange County, NC, has a very comfortable year-round climate. On Sperling's Comfort Index, which is based on the average number of days each year that reach 70-80 degrees, Orange County ranks 60 out of 100. The area gets an average of 217 sunny days every year, and the average high in July is warm, around 89 degrees. While winters are chilly in Orange County, it doesn't get as cold as other places farther north, and the area receives an average of 4 inches of snow each winter.
    • The cost of living in Orange County is a bit higher than the average for North Carolina. On a cost of living index where the national average is 100, North Carolina is 96 and Orange County is 118.
    • The Orange County area is home to world-class medical facilities, including those specializing in brain health and dementia care such as UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, in the event of medical emergencies or illness. 
    • For a retiree, living in North Carolina means enjoying moderate tax-friendly benefits. The state does not tax Social Security income and the state has low property taxes. However, other forms of retirement income, including 401ks and IRAs, are taxed at the state rate of 5.499 percent. 


    Paying for Memory Care in Orange County

    Average Monthly Costs

    Counties in North Carolina

    $5,572.00 Durham County
    $5,415.00 Orange County
    $5,185.00 Wake County
    $4,900.00 US
    $4,594.00 Guilford County
    $4,388.00 Rockingham County
    $4,033.00 Alamance County
    $3,665.00 Danville City

    Memory Care costs in Orange County start around $5,415 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $4,900 per month.

    It’s important to note that memory care rates in Orange County and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

    Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Orange County

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

    More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

    While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

    • Veterans Benefits
    • Life Insurance Policy
    • Long-Term Care Insurance
    • Reverse Mortgage

    For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in North Carolina page.


    Free Memory Care Resources in Orange County

    Orange County and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in a memory care community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

    To see a list of free memory care resources in Orange County, please visit our Memory Care in North Carolina page.

    Directory of Winners in the Orange County Area


    Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Orange County

    Orange County-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in North Carolina are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in North Carolina page for more information about these laws.

    Recent Reviews of Memory Care in Orange County

    • Review of Brookdale Meadowmont

      When it wasn't convenient for the management to keep my mother in their dementia unit they "hospital dumped" her. After 4 years and nearly $300,000 in fees they sent her to the emergency room with... Read more

      Mike Hickey
    • Review of Chatham Ridge Assisted Living

      I chose Chatham Ridge Assisted Living because I was impressed with my visit. I liked what they said about their approach in caring for residents in their assisted living. It's a beautiful community... Read more

      Rose
    • Review of Chatham Ridge Assisted Living

      Chatham Ridge Assisted Living has assisted living and there's also a small unit for dementia patients. My wife is in the small unit and we're hoping that she will move to assisted living shortly. T... Read more

      Lee M
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