Raleigh, North Carolina, is home to 467,665 people, 10.8% of whom are seniors aged 65 and older. This age group is at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia, and the CDC has compiled data that shows the number of cases is increasing. The number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths has increased by 91.12% between 2014 and 2018 compared to only an 18.18% increase in deaths overall. This is a very concerning figure because the Alzheimer’s Association has also shown in a 2020 study that one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This makes it more deadly than breast and prostate cancer.

Fortunately, Raleigh has a range of memory care communities that provide a secure and comfortable environment for seniors. These communities have 24/7 staff and specially trained therapists who utilize the latest treatments to minimize cognitive decline. This guide goes through the pros and cons of living in Raleigh and the costs associated with memory care and the alternative long-term care options. There is also a list of resources that may be useful to seniors and their loved ones.

Memory Care Facilities in Raleigh, NC

2014

Brighton Gardens of Raleigh

3101 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612

Brighton Gardens of Raleigh is an active assisted living and memory care facility in Raleigh, North Carolina near the UNC REX Hospital just off of Edwards Mill Road. Residents praise the community for … (read more)
Brighton Gardens of Raleigh is an active assisted living and memory care facility in Raleigh, North Carolina near the UNC REX Hospital just off of Edwards Mill Road. Residents praise the community for … (read more)

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)

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

My mother-in-law was a resident at Lynn’s Care Home at Riverside. We were very happy with the level of care she received while she made her home there. Ann Marie is very responsive and her staff are v … (read more)
My mother-in-law was a resident at Lynn’s Care Home at Riverside. We were very happy with the level of care she received while she made her home there. Ann Marie is very responsive and her staff are v … (read more)

The Haven at Waterford Landing

1008 Flower Round Court, Raleigh, NC, 27604


Gracie Sturdivant at North Raleigh

2445 Deanwood Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27615


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)

Falls River Court

1130 Falls River Ave., Raleigh, NC, 27614

Falls River Court has a very welcoming atmosphere. They are very in tune with the needs of a person with Parkinson’s and dementia. So, they are more equipped to understand my mother’s needs and we are … (read more)
Falls River Court has a very welcoming atmosphere. They are very in tune with the needs of a person with Parkinson’s and dementia. So, they are more equipped to understand my mother’s needs and we are … (read more)

Avendelle at Lazy River

2268 Lazy River Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27610


LiveWell at Brassfield Road

2100 Brassfield Rd. , Raleigh, NC, 27614


Wrenette’s Place Inc

7029 San Juan Hill Court, Raleigh, NC, 27610


Renaissance Care Home at Neuse River Estates

3604 Neuse Estates Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27604


Morningside of Raleigh

801 Dixie Trail, Raleigh, NC, 27607

My husband is in the memory care side of Morningside of Raleigh. It is in a beautiful wooded setting, and yet it was in this city. It was very bright and very orderly. The staff has been cooperative. … (read more)
My husband is in the memory care side of Morningside of Raleigh. It is in a beautiful wooded setting, and yet it was in this city. It was very bright and very orderly. The staff has been cooperative. … (read more)

Cadence North Raleigh

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

Cadence North Raleigh has assisted living and memory care. Mom moved into memory care. A lot of it is very similar to assisted living. The main difference with memory care is they keep the door locked … (read more)
Cadence North Raleigh has assisted living and memory care. Mom moved into memory care. A lot of it is very similar to assisted living. The main difference with memory care is they keep the door locked … (read more)

Spring Arbor of Raleigh

1810 New Hope Road, Raleigh, NC, 27604


Lynn’s Care Home Saybrooke

6320 Saybrooke Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27604


Waltonwood Lake Boone

3550 Horton Street, Raleigh, NC, 27607

We just moved my relative into Waltonwood Lake Boone. I really liked the staff at this facility. The facility itself is new, light, and bright. There’s a lot of natural light, and even in the memory c … (read more)
We just moved my relative into Waltonwood Lake Boone. I really liked the staff at this facility. The facility itself is new, light, and bright. There’s a lot of natural light, and even in the memory c … (read more)

Wake Assisted Living

2800 Kidd Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27610


The Covington

4510 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612

My mother-in-law has lived in the Covington for three years. She loves it. The people who work there are kind, patient, and work hard. Every time we have visited it has been a good experience. She is … (read more)
My mother-in-law has lived in the Covington for three years. She loves it. The people who work there are kind, patient, and work hard. Every time we have visited it has been a good experience. She is … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Raleigh

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Raleigh

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation regulates and licenses memory care communities in North Carolina. It’s responsible for inspecting memory care communities and other adult care homes to ensure that they’re in compliance with the regulations. Inspections occur annually or biennially.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Raleigh

  • Raleigh has hot and muggy summers with highs around 90 degrees and short and cold winters with lows around 30 degrees. On average, there’s 46 inches of rain per year, which is slightly higher than the U.S. average of 38 inches. For outdoor activities, seniors may find May to October to be the most pleasant months.
  • Raleigh has 25 hospitals, including some nationally ranked ones. Duke University Hospital is nationally ranked in 11 adult specialities, including cancer, diabetes and heart surgery. It’s also rated as highly performing for geriatrics.
  • The overall cost of living in Raleigh is around the same as the national average but higher than the state average. Scored on a 100-point scale, the overall cost of living in Raleigh is 102.3. The average cost of health care is lower than average at 93.2, and the median cost of transportation is 88.6.
  • North Carolina is moderately tax-friendly towards retirees. It exempts all Social Security retirement benefits from state income tax. Other types of retirement income are taxed at the standard state rate of 5.25%. The state’s sales and property taxes are moderate.
  • The crime rates in Raleigh are similar to the national average. There are 4.15 violent crimes per 1,000 residents compared to the national average of 4 and the state average of 4.26. The property crime rates are 21.34 per 1,000 residents compared to the national average of 19 and the state average of 22.61.
  • GoRaleigh operates buses around Raleigh. For seniors who present a GoRaleigh ID card, all rides are free of charge. For seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia, private senior transportation may be a more comfortable option. Seniors can access public and private transportation to go to medical appointments, visit family members, get to the salon and go shopping.

Paying for Memory Care in Raleigh

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Seniors in Raleigh pay on average $6,735 for memory care, which is significantly above the state average of $5,013 and the national average of $5,625.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

The cost of memory care varies across North Carolina. The most affordable city is Fayetteville where seniors pay around $3,750 per month. In both Charlotte and Durham, the cost of care is lower than Raleigh at $5,500 and $6,000 per month.

$6735

Raleigh

$5013

North Carolina

$5625

The United States

$5500

Charlotte

$6000

Durham

$3750

Fayetteville

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

There are other types of senior care available in Raleigh. By far the most affordable type of care is adult day health care, which costs $1,300 per month. For seniors who prefer to age in place, the average cost of both home care and home health care is $4,957 per month. Assisted living facilities are slightly more expensive with seniors paying on average $5,388 per month. The least affordable type of facility is a nursing home, which includes 24/7 skilled nursing and typically costs around $6,996 per month.

$4957

Home Care

$4957

Home Health Care

$1300

Adult Day Health Care

$5388

Assisted Living Facility

$6996

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Raleigh

In Raleigh, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in North Carolina page.

More ways to pay for memory care in NC

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 Raleigh

Older adults in Raleigh have many free services and programs to support them. The following list may be useful to seniors already in memory care and to families who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s care.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 662-7030

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program provides a variety of services to seniors in long-term care facilities, such as memory care units and assisted living communities. They offer information and guidance on different long-term care options and advocate for residents’ rights. Ombudsmen regularly visit these communities to address any concerns or issues that seniors may have.

(800) 272-3900

The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association serves 51 counties in North Carolina. It provides education and support services to seniors facing Alzheimer’s along with help for their caregivers and loved ones. There are support groups available and a variety of educational programs. It also runs fundraising events to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.

(919) 361-6419

The Raleigh Vet Center offers support services to veterans and their families. Veterans can access a range of counseling services, including grief and bereavement counseling, family counseling and mental health counseling for PTSD, depression and military sexual trauma. For needs that cannot be directly addressed in the center, such as addiction and suicide prevention, there are referral services available.

(919) 832-3732

The Dementia Alliance of North Carolina aims to improve the lives of memory-impaired seniors across the state through support, education and research. Some of the programs that are offered include educational workshops and conferences, support groups and a music program.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Raleigh

Raleigh Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in North Carolina are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in North Carolina page for more information about these laws.

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in North Carolina