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The 10 Best Nursing Homes in Wilmington, NC for 2024

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  • Nursing Home Facilities in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Nursing Home Costs in Wilmington, NC
  • Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Wilmington, NC
  • Free Resources for Seniors in Wilmington, NC
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Nursing Home Costs in Wilmington, NC

Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey reports monthly nursing home costs in Wilmington, NC, are $7,178 for a semiprivate room and $7,908 for a private room. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

When comparing care costs with other area nursing homes, Wilmington’s semiprivate rooms are a bit less expensive than those in nearby cities. For example, the cost per month for a semiprivate room in Wilmington is $122 less than a comparable room in Jacksonville. Throughout the state of North Carolina, monthly nursing home costs for a semiprivate room average $122 less than Wilmington. Nursing home costs across the nation show that Wilmington’s prices are $578 less expensive per month, exhibiting the fact that skilled nursing care in Wilmington is overall a less costly option than U.S. median prices. 

Wilmington

$7,178

North Carolina

$7,300

The United States

$7,756

Jacksonville

$7,300

Fayetteville

$6,722

New Bern

$6,996

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Rather than choosing a 24-hour skilled nursing facility, many seniors prefer to age in place at home or in an assisted living home where they can take advantage of nursing and personal care services. Frail seniors who require around-the-care but want as much privacy as possible can opt for a private room in a Wilmington nursing home for $7,908 per month, $730 more than a semiprivate room. An assisted living facility costs considerably less than a nursing home at $5,877, and hiring a home health aide at $4,185 per month is an even less expensive choice. The least expensive option is adult day care at 1,408 monthly, but that service may not be adequate for a senior in need of around-the-clock personal medical care.

Semiprivate nursing home room

$7,178

Private nursing home room

$7,908

Assisted living facility

$5,877

Home health aide

$4,185

Home care

$3,909

Adult day health care

$1,408

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

Wilmington, located in New Hanover County, offers a number of free programs and services to seniors that are designed to enhance their overall quality of life and promote wellness. These and other programs are provided to the frail elderly who cannot afford to live in a nursing home or are on a waiting list to enter a skilled nursing facility.

ResourceContactService
Senior Resource Center(910) 798-6400New Hanover County’s Senior Resource Center offers Wilmington seniors home-delivered meals, mental health counseling, medical transportation, respite caregivers and other free programs.
Aging in Place(910) 805-4663Comprehensive Care of Wilmington sponsors this free service for Wilmington seniors. The Options Counseling program helps seniors understand the resources and choices available to help them remain in their homes as they grow older and frailer. This nonprofit also provides suggestions on ways to pay for home care services.
Cape Fear Council of Governments(910) 395-4553This government agency offers Wilmington seniors a number of resources, such as adult day care centers, nutritional assistance, housing services and transportation via the WAVE Transit Authority and DART (DIAL a RIDE Transportation). 

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Nursing Homes

Gentlegiant12

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of August Healthcare at Wilmington

The rooms have been nicely renovated with a modern touch. The food is really good here as they use SYSCO foods inc. The staff all seem to work together to provide a pleasant and caring environment。...

Provider response

Hi Gentlegiant12, thank you for taking the time to share your experience at our facility. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the renovated rooms, delicious food, and the positive atmosphere...

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jr67

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation Center

Please know that there are better places than this one. The director of the facility is vile and ignorant. The facility is understaffed so there is a lack of care. Very few activities to keep the...

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Nursing Homes

Janet

I visited this facility

Review of Peak Resources Wilmington

I toured Peak Resources Wilmington. The admissions coordinator was very informative, knowledgeable, and helpful. I found the place to be clean and well-organized. It is one of the few places in the...

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