New Bern is a historic city located on the banks of the Neuse River in North Carolina. The city has an estimated population of 30,000 and around 21.8% of its residents are aged 65 and older. Seniors living in New Bern have access to quality health care services at the CarolinaEast Medical Center, which is nationally ranked in one procedure and rated as high performing in 10 procedures or conditions by U.S. News & World Report. Nursing home care costs are relatively low in New Bern in comparison to the rest of the country. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room is $6,996, while the national median is $7,756.

Nursing homes offer around-the-clock care for seniors who don’t require hospitalization but are unable to be cared for at home due to their extensive medical needs. Most nursing homes employ teams of registered nurses and skilled nursing aides to care for residents. Seniors who don’t require this level of care may want to look at more affordable options, such as assisted living or home care services.

This guide provides information on nursing home costs and lists available resources for seniors in New Bern. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in New Bern, NC

Riverpoint Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

2600 Old Cherry Point Road, New Bern, NC, 28560

My mother was a patient at this nursing home for a couple of months last year. The staff was friendly and caring. Everyone seemed to genuinely care about my mother. They also were concerned with ho … (read more)
My mother was a patient at this nursing home for a couple of months last year. The staff was friendly and caring. Everyone seemed to genuinely care about my mother. They also were concerned with ho … (read more)

Bayview Nursing & Rehab Center

3003 KENSINGTON PARK DRIVE, New Bern, NC, 28560

Hi! Because of hurricane damage my Dad is now in his fourth care facility in two years . This means at 91 he has had to make new friends and leave them and move yet again. He has no use of his legs … (read more)
Hi! Because of hurricane damage my Dad is now in his fourth care facility in two years . This means at 91 he has had to make new friends and leave them and move yet again. He has no use of his legs … (read more)

PruittHealth – Neuse

1303 Health Drive, New Bern, NC, 28560

My mom is doing rehab at PruittHealth – Neuse in New Bern. They’re releasing her this coming Thursday. The facility is clean and the staff is very helpful, very kind, and answered any kind of question … (read more)
My mom is doing rehab at PruittHealth – Neuse in New Bern. They’re releasing her this coming Thursday. The facility is clean and the staff is very helpful, very kind, and answered any kind of question … (read more)

Pruitthealth Trent

836 Hospital Drive, New Bern, NC, 28560

Stay as far away as possible from both Trent and Neuse. They kill people have bugs and food sucks
Stay as far away as possible from both Trent and Neuse. They kill people have bugs and food sucks

Brook Stone Living Center

8990 HWY 17 SOUTH , PO BOX 429, Pollocksville, NC, 28573

Brook Stone Living Center is doing very well, so far. They’re very clean and they offer skilled nursing care that not many do. My mom is in their skilled nursing care and it’s very hard to find. The s … (read more)
Brook Stone Living Center is doing very well, so far. They’re very clean and they offer skilled nursing care that not many do. My mom is in their skilled nursing care and it’s very hard to find. The s … (read more)

Croatan Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

210 Foxhall Road, Newport, NC, 28570

This facility has been running for a while. Even though it’s not a five star resort I found the care to my loved one was top notch. Nothing is ever perfect, but when I concerned issues they were hea … (read more)
This facility has been running for a while. Even though it’s not a five star resort I found the care to my loved one was top notch. Nothing is ever perfect, but when I concerned issues they were hea … (read more)

Britthaven of Havelock

110 MCCOTTER BLVD, Havelock, NC, 28532

has a caring staff
has a caring staff

Britthaven of Pamlico

290 KEEL RD, Grantsboro, NC, 28529


Nursing Home Costs in New Bern, NC

A semiprivate nursing home room in New Bern costs an average of $6,996 per month. The cost for a private room is $7,604.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Using the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room as a baseline the cost of care in New Bern is $6,996, which is lower than the North Carolina state average of $7,300 and the national median of $7,756.

The cost in New Bern is midrange compared to nursing home rates in other North Carolina communities. The least expensive city is Rocky Mount, where the average cost is $6,083 per month, while the most expensive location is Goldsboro at $8,752. Nearby Jacksonville has an average cost of $7,300 and in Wilmington, seniors pay $7,178 per month.

$6996

New Bern

$7300

North Carolina

$7756

The United States

$6083

Rocky Mount

$8752

Goldsboro

$7300

Jacksonville

$7178

Wilmington

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in New Bern have access to a variety of senior living options besides nursing homes to suit their specific care needs. Adult day health care is the least expensive option statewide at a cost of $1,278 per month, although cost data for New Bern isn’t available. Assisted living costs an average of $3,400. Seniors who want to age in place in their own homes pay $4,004 for home care or home health care services. At $6,996 and $7,604, respectively, for semiprivate and private rooms, nursing homes have the highest care costs.

$4004

Home care

$4004

Home health care

$

Adult day health care

$3400

Assisted living

$6996

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7604

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in New Bern, 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 New Bern, NC

The following resources may be of interest to seniors in New Bern who may require nursing home care now or in the near future and are looking for services that can help them to safely age in place for as long as possible. These services may also assist seniors who are currently living in a nursing facility.

Resource

Contact

Service

(252) 638-1790 

Craven County Senior Services is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of life of seniors in New Bern and the surrounding areas. Its Home Delivered Meal program provides meals to seniors aged 60 and older who are homebound and unable to prepare a meal for themselves. Meals are either delivered hot on a daily basis or frozen on a weekly basis. Deliveries are made by volunteers who provide a smile and a social check at the same time. 

(252) 636-4900

Craven County Adult Services provides assistance to seniors and adults with disabilities. Programs offered by the department included adult placement services, protective services, case management, in-home aide services and a special needs registry. In addition, the department monitors long-term care facilities such as nursing homes to ensure they follow state rules and regulations. 

(252) 638-3185 Ext 3001

The Eastern Carolina Council Area Agency on Aging is based in New Bern, and it provides various services and programs to make it possible for seniors to safely age in place at home. These include evidence-based health promotion programs, information and case assistance, in-home aide and senior companion services, and general and medical transportation. Seniors and their families can also access respite assistance, caregiver support and home improvement services.