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  • Nursing Home Facilities in Durham, North Carolina
  • Nursing Home Costs in Durham, NC
  • Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Durham, NC
  • Free Resources for Seniors in Durham, NC
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Helpful Articles

Nursing Home Costs in Durham, NC

In the Durham area, nursing homes charge approximately $7,270 per month for shared rooms. Private rooms are several hundred dollars more expensive at $8,502. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Based on the rate for semiprivate rooms, Durham is among the more economically priced cities in the state and nation for nursing home care. On average, local care costs are $30 lower than the state median of $7,300 and nearly $500 lower than the national rate of $7,756. 

Several North Carolina cities have relatively affordable nursing home costs. In New Bern, rates are among the lowest in the state at $6,996. In Wilmington, rates are higher but still budget-friendly at $7,178. In the Greensboro area, facilities charge approximately $7,695 for services, and in Goldsboro, rates are among the highest in the state at $8,752.  

Durham

$7,270

North Carolina

$7,300

United States

$7,756

New Bern

$6,996

Goldsboro

$8,752

Greensboro Area

$7,695

Wilmington

$7,178

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Nursing home care is the most expensive senior care option in Durham, with seniors paying $7,270 for semiprivate rooms and $8,502 for private accommodations. For seniors who require limited skilled nursing services, assisted living is a more affordable option at $4,050 per month. Those who prefer to obtain skilled nursing services in their own homes may opt for home health care, which is also relatively affordable at $4,767. Home care, which includes personal care without skilled nursing, is a little cheaper at $4,385. Adult day health care features personal care and some skilled nursing services in a daytime community setting for $1,333. 

Home care

$4,385

Home health care

$4,767

Adult day health care

$1,333

Assisted living

$4,050

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7,270

Nursing home (private room)

$8,502

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Durham, 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 Durham, NC

Seniors in Durham have access to a wide range of resources to help them obtain the care they need at home or in a residential care setting. The following resources help older adults make educated decisions regarding their care and in some cases, obtain necessary services at home. Some resources can also help seniors identify their best options for paying for nursing home care.  

ResourceContactService
Triangle J Area Agency on Aging(919) 549-0551The Triangle J Area Agency on Aging provides a broad range of services to help older adults maintain their safety and independence. It provides options counseling to help individuals understand the long-term services and supports available to them, and it provides health insurance options counseling to help older adults determine their insurance coverage for nursing home care. The agency also has a long-term care ombudsman that advocates on behalf of those in nursing homes.
Meals on Wheels of Durham(919) 667-9424Meals on Wheels of Durham provides home-delivered meals for older adults unable to shop for and prepare meals themselves due to age, injury or illness. This volunteer-driven service delivers hot, nutritious meals daily or five frozen meals once weekly for those who aren’t home each day.
Durham County Veterans Services(919) 560-8387The county’s Veterans Services Office helps veterans in Durham obtain benefits that can help cover nursing home care, including Aid and Attendance and pension programs. The office can also help veterans determine whether they qualify for VA health care or veterans’ home placement, which can help save money on care expenses.
Central Piedmont Community Action, Inc.(919) 797-0888Central Piedmont Community Action is a local nonprofit organization that provides services to income-qualifying individuals in Durham. This agency administers a weatherization program, which may help older adults continue to live safely and comfortably in their own homes.
Senior Law Project(877) 579-7562Senior Law Project provides free civil legal services to seniors in Durham. Through this program, seniors get help with resolving nursing home-related issues, such as unnecessary or inadequate care and problems with intake and discharge procedures.

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