Part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, Cary is the seventh-largest city in the state and a smart choice for nursing home residents due to the low cost of care, which averages around $7,148 per month. It has more than 170,282 residents, 20,775 of whom are seniors aged 65 or older. As one of Money’s Best Places to Live, Cary offers top-quality amenities and cultural attractions while maintaining a small-town feel. The city is home to the high-performing WakeMed Cary Hospital, and a number of other health care facilities are located in the immediate area.

Cary has four licensed nursing homes that care for adults who have complex medical needs or require specialized rehabilitative therapy but don’t need to be in a hospital. Individuals who have less intensive needs can access periodic support with day-to-day tasks from a home health agency or an assisted living facility. These providers can accommodate seniors’ needs while encouraging greater independence, and they’re more affordable.

This guide provides an overview of local nursing homes, average prices, financial assistance programs and possible alternatives. It also includes a directory of government agencies and nonprofits that can help Cary residents access long-term care or age in place.

Directory of Nursing Homes in Cary, NC

The Templeton of Cary

215 Brightmore Dr, Cary, NC, 27518

We did a tour of The Templeton of Cary. It was expensive, but it was very nice. It’s brand new, just opened up. It’s got everything, and it’s huge. I think it has 399 apartments. I think they charge y … (read more)
We did a tour of The Templeton of Cary. It was expensive, but it was very nice. It’s brand new, just opened up. It’s got everything, and it’s huge. I think it has 399 apartments. I think they charge y … (read more)

Glenaire

4000 Glenaire Cir, Cary, NC, 27511

Glenaire is nestled in Cary, North Carolina, making it convenient to enjoy small-town amenities while having easy access to Raleigh and North Carolina State University. Visitors frequently praise the … (read more)
Glenaire is nestled in Cary, North Carolina, making it convenient to enjoy small-town amenities while having easy access to Raleigh and North Carolina State University. Visitors frequently praise the … (read more)

Cary Health and Rehabilitation

6590 TRYON ROAD, Cary, NC, 27518

Most of the nurses are on agency contracts. My weekend nurses would come in my room talking on their bluetooth and completely disregarded any of my requests, as if the patient was not there. One night … (read more)
Most of the nurses are on agency contracts. My weekend nurses would come in my room talking on their bluetooth and completely disregarded any of my requests, as if the patient was not there. One night … (read more)

Brian Center Southpoint

6000 FAYETTEVILLE ROAD, Durham, NC, 27713

Food not eatable. Staff non responsive. Urine left for 12 hours once, not the only time it was left standing. My room was never in 15 days truly clean. The only food I had was brought by my husband … (read more)
Food not eatable. Staff non responsive. Urine left for 12 hours once, not the only time it was left standing. My room was never in 15 days truly clean. The only food I had was brought by my husband … (read more)

The Oaks at Whitaker Glen – Mayfield

513 EAST WHITAKER MILL ROAD, Raleigh, NC, 27608

Please do NOT use this facility to care for someone you love. It is simply a paycheck for the vast majority of employees – those noble beings dedicated to the health and well-being of their charges d … (read more)
Please do NOT use this facility to care for someone you love. It is simply a paycheck for the vast majority of employees – those noble beings dedicated to the health and well-being of their charges d … (read more)

Hillcrest Raleigh at Crabtree Valley

3830 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC, 27612

My husband was brought to Hillcrest from surgery at a nearby hospital. From the moment he was carried in, I was not allowed to see him. I was right behind the ambulance in a car and yet the answer w … (read more)
My husband was brought to Hillcrest from surgery at a nearby hospital. From the moment he was carried in, I was not allowed to see him. I was right behind the ambulance in a car and yet the answer w … (read more)

The Laurels of Forest Glenn

1101 Hartwell Street, Garner, NC, 27529

Staff is good and caring. Therapy is great. Medical staff is awful, they don’t communicate, hardly ever see the patients and when I finally got a call back from the PA she was rude and dismissive. P … (read more)
Staff is good and caring. Therapy is great. Medical staff is awful, they don’t communicate, hardly ever see the patients and when I finally got a call back from the PA she was rude and dismissive. P … (read more)

City of Oaks Health & Rehab Ct

3609 BOND STREET, Raleigh, NC, 27604

The nursing staff is amazing. They truly care about the health and well being of their residents. My Grandmother is a new resident here and I couldn’t be more pleased. No matter what time of day I … (read more)
The nursing staff is amazing. They truly care about the health and well being of their residents. My Grandmother is a new resident here and I couldn’t be more pleased. No matter what time of day I … (read more)

Rex Rehab & Nsg Care Center

4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC, 27607

Sorry to say this is the third rehab facility I’ve been in. 3 Achilles ruptures, 2 knee replacements. Rex Rehab is light years above the other two. Very clean facility, cleaning your room twice a day … (read more)
Sorry to say this is the third rehab facility I’ve been in. 3 Achilles ruptures, 2 knee replacements. Rex Rehab is light years above the other two. Very clean facility, cleaning your room twice a day … (read more)

Rex Rehab & Nursing Care Center of Apex

911 SOUTH HUGHES STREET, Apex, NC, 27502

I would never recommend this place to anyone. The food was terrible, my relative would ring to be brought to the bathroom since unable to go without assistance but nobody came. I understand they were … (read more)
I would never recommend this place to anyone. The food was terrible, my relative would ring to be brought to the bathroom since unable to go without assistance but nobody came. I understand they were … (read more)

Unihealth Post-Acute Care-Raleigh

2420 Lake Wheeler Road , Raleigh, NC, 27603

I have a relative who is currently in there and the rehab staff is great as is the nursing staff but the food is not suitable for human consumption.
I have a relative who is currently in there and the rehab staff is great as is the nursing staff but the food is not suitable for human consumption.

Sunnybrook Rehabilitation Center

25 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh, NC, 27610

My mother went here for Acute Rehab and found that for 11 days the rehab was nonexistent due to isolation protocols. Staff was rude, minus, a few leadership members. Multiple COVID outbreaks! … (read more)
My mother went here for Acute Rehab and found that for 11 days the rehab was nonexistent due to isolation protocols. Staff was rude, minus, a few leadership members. Multiple COVID outbreaks! … (read more)

Litchford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

8200 Litchford Road, Raleigh, NC, 27615

There are unvaccinated "care givers" working at this facility. In fact, some, or one anyway, is outwardly disdainful of recognized sanitary protocols. Beware folks!
There are unvaccinated "care givers" working at this facility. In fact, some, or one anyway, is outwardly disdainful of recognized sanitary protocols. Beware folks!

Raleigh Rehab Center

616 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, NC, 27605

My mother stayed at Raleigh Rehab Center two years ago. She was there for two years. It was great for that particular time, but management changed and a lot of other things changed with it, too. It se … (read more)
My mother stayed at Raleigh Rehab Center two years ago. She was there for two years. It was great for that particular time, but management changed and a lot of other things changed with it, too. It se … (read more)

Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

3000 HOLSTON LANE, Raleigh, NC, 27610

For all that is holy, do not use this place. There’s a reason they have open beds and no one else does. It took 13 days for any of us to be able to FaceTime her after her COVID diagnosis. Not for a … (read more)
For all that is holy, do not use this place. There’s a reason they have open beds and no one else does. It took 13 days for any of us to be able to FaceTime her after her COVID diagnosis. Not for a … (read more)

The Cardinal At North Hills

311 Garden At North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC, 27609


Nursing Home Costs in Cary, North Carolina

A semiprivate room in a Cary nursing home costs $7,148 per month, while the average cost of a private room is $8,060.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

At $7,148 per month, nursing home prices in Cary are fairly competitive when compared to other metropolitan areas in the Midstate. Rates are $426 lower in Fayetteville at $6,722 and $1,065 cheaper in Rocky Mount at $6,083. In Durham, prices increase by $122 per month to $7,270. Seniors in Goldsboro pay $8,752 on average, which is approximately $1,600 higher than Cary, $1,450 higher than the state median of $7,300 and $996 higher than the national average of $7,756.

$7148

Cary

$7300

North Carolina

$7756

The United States

$7270

Durham

$6722

Fayetteville

$6083

Rocky Mount

$8752

Goldsboro

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Nursing homes in Cary charge an average monthly rate of $7,148 for semiprivate accommodations and $8,060 for a private room due to the intensive level of medical care provided. Seniors who meet admissions requirements for assisted living can save more than $2,300 a month. In-home care provided by a home health agency is even cheaper. Prices range from $4,004-$4,195 depending on the type of support required. Community-based programs that provide daytime care and meals cost just $1,463 per month, an 80% savings.

$4004

Home care

$4195

Home health care

$1463

Adult day health care

$4800

Assisted living

$7148

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$8060

Nursing home (private room)

Note: Data for Cary was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Raleigh, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Cary, North Carolina

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 Cary, North Carolina

Cary seniors who want to learn more about local long-term care options can contact these organizations for assistance. The programs and organizations listed below provide free and low-cost services to seniors aged 60 and older and their families.

ResourceContactService
Resources for Seniors(919) 872-7933Since 1973, this local nonprofit has been providing information and referrals to help seniors make informed long-term care decisions that consider their health, comfort, safety and independence. In addition to providing a directory of community resources, it offers a number of direct services, including transportation, recreational activities, home repairs and medication assistance. Caregiver specialists are available to answer questions and concerns and help with problem-solving.
Triangle J Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging(800) 310-9777The TJAAA is home to the long-term care ombudsman for Wake County. This volunteer advocate provides informational services to help families with decision-making challenges, and it addresses concerns related to the care provided in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. This Area Agency on Aging is also responsible for managing nutrition and recreation programs sponsored by the Older Americans Act.
Wake Community Resource Connections(919) 713-1530Wake CRC is part of a coordinated statewide service network that directs seniors, disabled adults and caregivers to resources in their local area. This no-wrong-door agency helps individuals make informed decisions about long-term care. Options Counselors can work with Cary residents to develop a plan for aging in place. They can also coordinate the hospital discharge process to prevent readmissions and ensure that seniors have access to all necessary care in a setting of their choice.
Meals on Wheels of Wake County(919) 833-1749This Meals on Wheels program is dedicated to ending hunger while helping older adults maintain their dignity and independence. Every week, it serves more than 1,300 midday meals to disabled adults aged 60 and older who are homebound or able to travel to one of the county’s Friendship Cafes. Clients who are eligible for meal deliveries will receive a box of frozen meals once or twice per week, depending on where they live. The service costs $4.75 per meal, and free deliveries are available through a needs-based waiting list.