Surrounded by the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a city in Buncombe County with a population of 92,870 residents, 18% of whom are seniors. Through the collaborative efforts of dozens of nonprofits, government agencies and other entities, Buncombe County has earned the Age-Friendly designation from the World Health Organization. Asheville has 78% more physicians per capita than the national average and its Mission Hospital-Asheville is ranked among the best in the state.  

In Asheville’s nursing homes, physicians and registered nurses typically remain on-site while they provide 24-hour medical supervision. In addition to assistance with daily living activities, skilled nursing, diabetes management and wound care, nursing facilities commonly offer on-site physical, speech and occupational therapy. On average, seniors in Asheville nursing homes spend $8,000 a month for a semiprivate room, which is above the state and national medians. Seniors with less critical medical needs may be able to save money with assisted living or home care.   

In this guide, we cover the costs of senior care and resources that can help seniors choose a nursing facility and pay for nursing home care. We also mention programs that provide in-home services which may enable seniors to save money and delay transitioning into a nursing home. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in Asheville, NC

Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community

1617 Hendersonvelle Road, Asheville, NC, 28803


Aston Park Health Care Center

380 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC, 28806

Aston Park Health Care Center came highly recommended. It’s largely a skilled nursing facility, but they have assisted living with memory care rooms. It was very nice, but the assisted living/memory c … (read more)
Aston Park Health Care Center came highly recommended. It’s largely a skilled nursing facility, but they have assisted living with memory care rooms. It was very nice, but the assisted living/memory c … (read more)

The Laurels of Summit Ridge

100 RICEVILLE ROAD, Asheville, NC, 28805

This is a very good rehab center. The rooms are single private and roomy. The facility is clean and does not smell like a nursing home. The nursing staff is caring and very knowledgeable. The ax … (read more)
This is a very good rehab center. The rooms are single private and roomy. The facility is clean and does not smell like a nursing home. The nursing staff is caring and very knowledgeable. The ax … (read more)

Emerald Ridge Rehabilitation and Care Center

25 Reynolds Mountain Blvd., Asheville, NC, 28804

My sister was placed here after her hospital stay and everyone has been very nice and professional. Has shown that they really care for there residents. Very friendly staff and a clean environment. St … (read more)
My sister was placed here after her hospital stay and everyone has been very nice and professional. Has shown that they really care for there residents. Very friendly staff and a clean environment. St … (read more)

The Laurels of Greentree Ridge

70 SWEETEN CREEK ROAD, Asheville, NC, 28803

My mom was admitted for rehab, rehab is a 1out of 10. Terrible food, dirty bathroom, room not cleaned until 3 days after she was there and I had to call and complain. No shower given until I called a … (read more)
My mom was admitted for rehab, rehab is a 1out of 10. Terrible food, dirty bathroom, room not cleaned until 3 days after she was there and I had to call and complain. No shower given until I called a … (read more)

Stonecreek Health and Rehabilitation

455 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC, 28801

My mom is now in rehab in Asheville, North Carolina, called Stonecreek Health and Rehabilitation, and it looks like that’s where she will be long-term. It’s great. I highly recommend it in every way. … (read more)
My mom is now in rehab in Asheville, North Carolina, called Stonecreek Health and Rehabilitation, and it looks like that’s where she will be long-term. It’s great. I highly recommend it in every way. … (read more)

Western NC Baptist Home

213 RICHMOND HILL DRIVE, Asheville, NC, 28806

WNC Baptist Home is located in the northern part of Asheville, North Carolina, just west of the French Broad River. It sits approximately a mile from Interstate 26, making it easy for loved ones to vi … (read more)
WNC Baptist Home is located in the northern part of Asheville, North Carolina, just west of the French Broad River. It sits approximately a mile from Interstate 26, making it easy for loved ones to vi … (read more)

Golden Livingcenter – Asheville

500 BEAVERDAM RD, Asheville, NC, 28804

Quality of care there is lousy. Residents tend to stay to themselves as there is rarely nothing going on there. Coffee club in morning for an hour but has been reduced to half hour. They might get a … (read more)
Quality of care there is lousy. Residents tend to stay to themselves as there is rarely nothing going on there. Coffee club in morning for an hour but has been reduced to half hour. They might get a … (read more)

Givens Health Center

600 BARRETT LANE, Asheville, NC, 28803

The online documentation and booklets and website give a different dimension of the health center. It is a dirty facility and the communication is lacking. When I went to visit my family member, he … (read more)
The online documentation and booklets and website give a different dimension of the health center. It is a dirty facility and the communication is lacking. When I went to visit my family member, he … (read more)

Grace Healthcare of Asheville

91 VICTORIA RD, Asheville, NC, 28801


Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation

78 Weaver Boulevard, Weaverville, NC, 28787

I have been very satisfied with the care that my mom received at Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation. They have a great group of people. I was glad they were able to find a long term spot for her … (read more)
I have been very satisfied with the care that my mom received at Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation. They have a great group of people. I was glad they were able to find a long term spot for her … (read more)

Pelican Health – Swannanoa, NC

1984 HIGHWAY 70, Swannanoa, NC, 28778

Asheville health care center is a very clean facility, no odors. The staff are all friendly and willing to help. They go above and beyond their call of duty. Very good care all the way around. I highl … (read more)
Asheville health care center is a very clean facility, no odors. The staff are all friendly and willing to help. They go above and beyond their call of duty. Very good care all the way around. I highl … (read more)

Pisgah Manor Health Care Center

95 HOLCOMBE COVE ROAD, Candler, NC, 28715

The lack of care, given to my Mom, our family, during and now after I removed Mom from this facility has been a shocker. My Mom’s condition when she was there went downhill quick. From being ignored, … (read more)
The lack of care, given to my Mom, our family, during and now after I removed Mom from this facility has been a shocker. My Mom’s condition when she was there went downhill quick. From being ignored, … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Asheville, NC

For semiprivate and private rooms in Asheville’s nursing homes, seniors spend an average of $8,000 and $9,064 a month, respectively. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

At $8,000 a month, seniors in Asheville’s nursing homes spend more on nursing home care than the majority of seniors across the state and the country. Out of the nearby cities, Hickory is the most affordable with its $6,874 average monthly cost of nursing home care. Charlotte, where the average cost of care is $7,817, is the closest out of the nearby cities followed by Winston where seniors spend $7,787 on average for a semiprivate room. 

$8000

Asheville

$7300

North Carolina

$7756

United States

$6874

Hickory

$7817

Charlotte

$7787

Winston

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The cost of senior care in Asheville ranges from $1,383 a month to $9,064 a month, with the most affordable being adult day health care and the most costly being nursing home care with a private room. For home care and home health care, seniors spend an average of $4,576 and $4,671 a month, respectively. Assisted living is the second most affordable type of senior care in the city with most seniors paying around $2,750.

$4576

Home care

$4671

Home health care

$1383

Adult day health care

$2750

Assisted living

$8000

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$9064

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Asheville, NC

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Asheville, NC

In the list below, we’ve provided an overview of several resources that can help nursing home-eligible seniors. Resources that can help seniors choose and pay for nursing home care as well as programs to help seniors delay transitioning to a nursing home are included.

Resource

Contact

Description

(821) 251-7430

The Long Term Care Ombudsman helps seniors and their families learn about the different long-term care communities in their area and what options exist to help pay for care. The ombudsman also advocates for the rights of nursing home residents and will seek to resolve conflicts involving quality of care and administrative decisions at a facility that negatively affect residents. 

(828) 251-6622

Through the Land of Sky Regional Council AAA, seniors have access to a wide range of helpful programs such as caregiver support, transportation, assistance applying for health insurance and home-delivered meals. The agency also manages programs that provide in-home aides that can help seniors with chores, shopping and daily living activities. Because of funding from the Older Americans Act, the majority of services offered are free to seniors. 

(828) 277-8288

Volunteers with SHIP provide free, one-on-one counseling for seniors who want help choosing the best Medicare plan for their needs. The program's volunteers can assist seniors in learning about prescription drug savings programs as well as the circumstances when Medicare will pay for nursing facility care.