Durham is among the most populous cities in North Carolina with nearly 280,000 residents, about 12% of whom are aged 65 and over. The city offers high access to health care services and has about 433 physicians per 100,000 people, over double the national rate. The region is home to some of the best hospitals in the nation, including Duke University Hospital, a nationally ranked hospital that’s recognized as the best in the state, and the University of North Carolina Medical Center, which is about 10 miles away in Chapel Hill. The city also offers affordable post-hospital care, with the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey reporting that local nursing homes charge $7,270 per month for semiprivate rooms. This is consistent with the state rate and several hundred dollars cheaper than the national average cost of care.  

Nursing homes provide the highest level of care available outside of an inpatient hospital setting. These facilities have licensed medical professionals who provide constant monitoring, personal care services and skilled nursing services. This is generally the most expensive senior care option. Those who don’t need this high level of care may obtain more suitable services in assisted living or in their own homes through home health care

This guide outlines the cost of senior care services in Durham and provides an overview of the free resources available to seniors.  

Directory of Nursing Homes in Durham, NC

Croasdaile Village

2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy, Durham, NC, 27705

My Papa was in the Health Center here, The Pavilion, for rehab. He had a wonderful experience. He was well cared for, enjoyed the food, and my family was happy with his care. The staff responded to qu … (read more)
My Papa was in the Health Center here, The Pavilion, for rehab. He had a wonderful experience. He was well cared for, enjoyed the food, and my family was happy with his care. The staff responded to qu … (read more)

Hillcrest Convalescent Center

1417 W Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC, 27705

Hillcrest Convalescent Center was fantastic. The food was great and the rooms were reasonably nice, but their idea of helping me get better and get out of there was to use what they called a Sara lift … (read more)
Hillcrest Convalescent Center was fantastic. The food was great and the rooms were reasonably nice, but their idea of helping me get better and get out of there was to use what they called a Sara lift … (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)

Concordia Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Rose Manor

4230 North Roxboro Road, Durham, NC, 27704

I would not let a family member come stay here this place is terrible they don’t do anything for the residents they have a resident council president who is a joke the food is terrible a new company t … (read more)
I would not let a family member come stay here this place is terrible they don’t do anything for the residents they have a resident council president who is a joke the food is terrible a new company t … (read more)

Carver Rehabilitation & Living Center

303 East Carver Street, Durham, NC, 27704

This is my fourth stay here at Carver Rehabilitation & Living Center. Their therapy is fantastic. The rest of it, not so much. If you are not cognizant of the medications you take, you may have pr … (read more)
This is my fourth stay here at Carver Rehabilitation & Living Center. Their therapy is fantastic. The rest of it, not so much. If you are not cognizant of the medications you take, you may have pr … (read more)

Pruitt Health – Carolina Point

5935 Mount Sinai Road, Durham, NC, 27705

My mother is in Pruithealth – Carolina Point for rehab. I am not satisfied with that place one bit. During that time she was supposed to have her blood pressure checked, and her weight checked. I requ … (read more)
My mother is in Pruithealth – Carolina Point for rehab. I am not satisfied with that place one bit. During that time she was supposed to have her blood pressure checked, and her weight checked. I requ … (read more)

Treyburn Rehabilitation Center

2059 Torredge Road, Durham, NC, 27712

I went to look at Treyburn Rehabilitation Center. Everyone just seemed to not know what was going on. I don’t know if they were short-staffed or just stretched. The food was very bland and the chicken … (read more)
I went to look at Treyburn Rehabilitation Center. Everyone just seemed to not know what was going on. I don’t know if they were short-staffed or just stretched. The food was very bland and the chicken … (read more)


Signature HealthCARE of Chapel Hill

1602 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514

I visited a friend at Signature HealthCARE of Chapel Hill. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the place was alright, it was nice. They had places for them, like a room where you could go and visi … (read more)
I visited a friend at Signature HealthCARE of Chapel Hill. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the place was alright, it was nice. They had places for them, like a room where you could go and visi … (read more)

Carol Woods

750 WEAVER DAIRY RD, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514


Brookshire Nursing Center

300 Meadowland Dr, Hillsborough, NC, 27278

My mother was in rehab at Brookshire Nursing Center. The staff members were great. I had been a patient there in rehab a few years ago for about a month. I was aware of the care and the staff, which I … (read more)
My mother was in rehab at Brookshire Nursing Center. The staff members were great. I had been a patient there in rehab a few years ago for about a month. I was aware of the care and the staff, which I … (read more)

Britthaven of Chapel Hill

1716 LEGION ROAD, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517

This approx 130 bed facility is closing. The families were notified 3/28/12 of a June closing. The place was virtually empty as of 5/15/12. My Mother was here 5 yrs. We had some really terrible experi … (read more)
This approx 130 bed facility is closing. The families were notified 3/28/12 of a June closing. The place was virtually empty as of 5/15/12. My Mother was here 5 yrs. We had some really terrible experi … (read more)

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.  

$7270

Durham

$7300

North Carolina

$7756

United States

$6996

New Bern

$8752

Goldsboro

$7695

Greensboro Area

$7178

Wilmington

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. 

$4385

Home care

$4767

Home health care

$1333

Adult day health care

$4050

Assisted living

$7270

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$8502

Nursing home (private room)

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.  

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(919) 549-0551 

The 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. 

(919) 667-9424 

Meals 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. 

(919) 560-8387 

The 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.

(919) 797-0888 

Central 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. 

(877) 579-7562 

Senior 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.