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Find the Best Assisted Living in Charlotte, NC

Whether you or a loved one needs help with daily living activities or a higher level of care, choosing an assisted living community is a major decision. We created this guide by comparing the location and customer reviews of 30 businesses and choosing seven favorites from the top assisted living facilities in Charlotte.

Top 7 Charlotte Assisted Living Facilities

Aldersgate Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, long-term care, memory care and short-term rehabilitation at its facility in Charlotte. Provides daily meals, specialized therapies, local transportation and 24-hour staffing.

Cadence Huntersville Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and memory care at its facility in Huntersville. Provides on-site dining, emergency services, housekeeping, laundry service and support for daily living activities.

Elmcroft of Little Avenue Read Author Review

Offers pet-friendly assisted living and memory care at its facility in Charlotte. Provides 24-hour staffing, local transportation, daily dining service, assistance with daily living activities and a calendar of events.

MerryWood on Park Read Author Review

Offers pet-friendly assisted living, independent living, skilled nursing and memory care services at its location in Charlotte. Provides local transportation, a calendar of activities and 24-hour staffing.

Summit Place of Southpark Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, memory care, respite care and short-term stays at its facility in Charlotte. Allows residents to choose between one- and two-bedroom living spaces. Provides 24-hour care.

The Charlotte Assisted Living & Memory Care Read Author Review

Offers assisted living, independent living, respite care and memory care at its facility in Charlotte. Allows residents to choose from multiple floor plans for studio and one-bedroom apartments.

Waltonwood Cotswold Read Author Review

Offers assisted living and memory care at its facility in Charlotte. Allows residents to choose from nine apartment floor plans. Provides daily meals, laundry and housekeeping service for all residents.

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Drawbacks and benefits of assisted living in Charlotte

If you or a loved one is among the 10% of Charlotte’s population that is 65 and older, consider these benefits and drawbacks of assisted living in Charlotte:

Benefits of assisted living in Charlotte

  • The North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) licenses and regulates assisted living communities in Charlotte. The DHSR has a list of licensed facilities on its website.
  • The state of North Carolina does not tax Social Security benefits.
  • Groceries in Charlotte are cheaper than in over 50 North American cities at the time of publishing, according to Numbeo.
  • The Charlotte Area Transit System offers reduced fares to those who are 62 and older, those with disabilities and those with a Medicare card.
  • Charlotte is home to many health care providers and medical facilities, including Atrium Health and Novant Health, which offer care for aging adults.

Drawbacks of assisted living in Charlotte

  • Withdrawals from retirement accounts and pension income are taxed in North Carolina.
  • Summer can be hot and sticky, which may limit the time you or a loved one can spend outdoors.
  • Charlotte can experience severe weather due to hurricanes.

How much does assisted living cost in Charlotte?

On average, the cost of assisted living in Charlotte ranges from $3,000 to $4,580 per month. The price of assisted living typically covers housing, meals, 24-hour monitoring, assistance with daily living activities, medication management, housekeeping, laundry, activities and use of on-site amenities.

One of the biggest factors that affects the overall price of assisted living is the level of care you or a loved one needs and how much assistance is required. Other factors include the specific facility, the type of apartment and the number and type of on-site amenities.

Some assisted living communities offer discounts for veterans or companions who live together. When searching for an assisted living company, ask what forms of payment each accepts and what savings opportunities are available.

Charlotte assisted living FAQ

What is a buy-in fee for assisted living?
A buy-in fee is a lump sum payment due upon moving into assisted living. This payment guarantees a resident’s spot and can be used toward higher levels of care. Not all assisted living communities charge a buy-in fee before move in.
Do assisted living facilities have nurses in Charlotte?
Many Charlotte assisted living facilities have a nursing staff. Be sure to ask how the community is staffed when touring or researching.
What organizations support and protect older adults in Charlotte?
Organizations that support and protect older adults in Charlotte include:
  • Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte facilitates connections for older adults in Charlotte to help reduce the feeling of isolation that can happen with aging.
  • Levine Senior Center is a Charlotte community center for older adults that offers fitness classes and other social activities.
  • The Mecklenburg Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization that promotes activities for older adults, advocates for seniors and provides educational events.

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    Charlotte assisted living company information

    MerryWood on Park

    MerryWood on Park offers assisted living, independent living, skilled nursing and memory care levels of care. Amenities include secure perimeters, a nursing staff, individual and group transportation and an active social calendar. Visit the company’s website to view different floor plan options for living spaces. Senior Lifestyle, MerryWood on Park’s parent company, also has locations in Monroe and Lincolnton.

    • Located in: Charlotte
    • Address: 3600 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209
    • Phone: (704) 523-4949
    • Website: seniorlifestyle.com
    Aldersgate

    Aldersgate is a 231-acre retirement community that offers assisted living, memory care, and short- and long-term care based on individualized plans. It has 24/7 nursing staff, physician services, therapy services and transportation. Other amenities include three prepared meals per day, porches on every floor and a beauty salon. Schedule a tour of Aldersgate by calling or visiting the company’s website.

    • Located in: Charlotte
    • Address: 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215
    • Phone: (704) 532-7000
    • Website: aldersgateccrc.com
    Waltonwood Cotswold

    Waltonwood Cotswold offers assisted living and memory care based on an individual resident plan. Care and services include three meals per day, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, a variety of recreational programs and many assisted living floor plans to choose from. The Waltonwood Providence community also offers assisted living in Charlotte.

    • Located in: Charlotte
    • Address: 5215 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28211
    • Phone: (980) 272-0597
    • Website: waltonwood.com
    Summit Place of Southpark

    Summit Place of Southpark offers assisted living, memory care and short-term stay services. Its assisted living apartments include one- and two-bedroom options. Amenities include a full-service salon and barbershop, three prepared daily meals, engaging social events and recreational activities. Summit Place of Southpark’s parent company, Five Star Senior Living, has other communities in Charlotte, as well as facilities in Gastonia and Pineville.

    • Located in: Charlotte
    • Address: 2101 Runnymede Lane, Charlotte, NC 28209
    • Phone: (704) 525-5508
    • Website: fivestarseniorliving.com
    The Charlotte Assisted Living & Memory Care

    The Charlotte Assisted Living & Memory Care offers assisted living, independent living, memory care and respite care services. Amenities include restaurant-style dining, a fitness center, all-inclusive pricing, medication management, wellness classes, a 24-hour emergency call system and transportation. Choose from three floor plans for assisted living residents, including studio and one-bedroom apartments.

    • Located in: Charlotte
    • Address: 9120 Willow Ridge Road, Charlotte, NC 28210
    • Phone: (704) 275-2451
    • Website: charlotte-living.com
    Cadence Huntersville

    Cadence Huntersville offers assisted living and memory care. The assisted living amenities and services include restaurant-style dining; an emergency call system; weekly housekeeping; a social calendar with educational, cultural and entertainment events; wellness checks; and medication management. Cadence Living also has assisted living communities in Mint Hill and Mooresville.

    • Located in: Huntersville
    • Address: 250 Commerce Center Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078
    • Phone: (704) 875-6100
    • Website: cadencenorthcarolina.com/our-locations/cadence-huntersville
    Elmcroft of Little Avenue

    Elmcroft of Little Avenue offers assisted living and memory care at its facility. Amenities include 24-hour care staff, all-inclusive rates, restaurant-style dining, coordination and communication with health care providers, and dressing and bathing assistance. This facility’s parent company, Elmcroft Senior Living, also has facilities in Harrisburg, Cramerton, Salisbury, Newton and Shelby.

    • Located in: Charlotte
    • Address: 7745 Little Ave., Charlotte, NC 28226
    • Phone: (704) 336-9791
    • Website: elmcroft.com/community/elmcroft-of-little-avenue-north-carolina
    by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.