For North Carolina nursing homes and assisted living communities that cover the entire N.C. area with additional information on Medicare and Medicaid.


Locate N.C. nursing homes, assisted living communities, continued care retirement communities, and rehabilitation facilities.  We have over 1500 listed in the North Carolina area.  To learn about Medicare and Medicaid, and to help you decide the type of care you are looking for, please use this free Web site to assist you.



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Read below for a brief explanation about the different types of care available.  For more detailed information, click on the navigation buttons.

There are different types of senior living options to consider when looking for a place for your loved one.  Let us help you find a nursing home, assisted living, or continued care retirement community by using our site to learn about the different options and the different levels of care that are available.  We cover most of the North Carolina area for nursing homes and assisted living communities.

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You can search through the different N.C. nursing homes - skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, and independent living facilities in the North Carolina area by searching for city locations and types of care.  Read below to help you decide what type of facility you are looking for. This can save you a lot of time by getting your information online. 

When looking for a place for your loved one, you need to be aware that there are different types of facilities and care. 

Independent living is more for the individual who is rather independent but would like company by other seniors, or who may want their meals and light housekeeping provided.  This would be for a resident who is independent in mobility (assistive devices are accepted), has the ability to make decisions regarding their safety and to be able to find their way out of the building in case of an emergency. They would need to provide and dispense their own medications.  There isn't a nurse on staff but most facilities have 24 hour management on site.  Many home health agencies will visit the resident if needed at their apartment to give them out patient therapy or nursing help if the resident qualifies.  Click on independent living for more information and facilities.  For an example of an Independent living, visit the N.C. City Listings link.

Assisted living communities are also know as adult care homes or multi-unit assisted housing with services (MAHS).   Assisted Living in NC is defined as a special combination of housing, supportive services, personalized assistance and health care designed to respond to the individual needs of those who need help with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living.  Supportive services area available 24 hours per day, to meet scheduled and unscheduled needs in a way that promotes maximum dignity and independence for each resident.

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There are two types of assisted living communities.  Licensed communities are called adult care homes and unlicensed facilities are called multi-unit assisted housing with services (MAHS).  Please click on the above assisted living communities link for more detailed information on the differences.

Some assisted livings have a secured unit for the resident that may have Alzheimer's disease or dementia and is ambulatory or semi-ambulatory.  This is a wing that has a combination to enter and exit so the residents can't wander out of the building.  Assistive devices are allowed in these wings.  The resident is provided with assistance with ADL'S such as bathing, dressing, and eating.

Continuing care retirement communities are also known as CCRCs.  They provide all levels of care from retirement or independent living, assisted living, to skilled nursing care on one campus.  The goal of these communities is to allow residents to age in one place.  If illness or injury occurs, the necessary health care services ideally can be met without the resident having to move elsewhere.  All the supports a person might need can be available as they age.  For couples, there is the added security that if one spouse becomes ill and needs nursing care, the husband and wife will not be separated geographically.

A CCRC usually has several components:  housing, a common dining area, assisted living, and skilled nursing center.  A CCRC is a community where people can enjoy the privacy of their own homes with an easy availability of social activities and health care services.  The community aspect of the CCRC is an attractive benefit.  The services offered in each community and what you have to pay for them varies considerable from community to community.  Some communities will have entrance fees, monthly maintenance fees, or will allow you to purchase an apartment in the community.  This varies, so use our site to locate a CCRC and give them a call.

Skilled nursing facilities  (also referred to as SNFs, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities) provide assisted living, intermediate care and skilled nursing care to the resident.  Some facilities offer assisted living (rest home) accommodations.  They are required to have at least one nurse on staff 24 hours a day and will administer medicines.  Intermediate care is for the individual that requires a little more care than an assisted living (rest home) can give such as;  more bathing, dressing, feeding, toilet hygiene, supervision for walking to the bathroom, and certified nurses on staff 24 hours a day.  They are more expensive than an assisted living, but if the care is needed, it may be well worth it.  If their level of functioning declines, the resident won't have to move to another facility because a skilled nursing facility provides different levels of care. 

They also provide skilled nursing care such as rehabilitation, oxygen, feeding tubes, specialty beds, wound care, trachs, and IVs.  Some nursing homes have a secured unit for the resident that may have Alzheimer's disease.  This is a wing that has a combination to enter and exit so the residents can't wander out of the building.  Assistive devices are sometimes not allowed in these wings for safety of the other patients and to decrease accidents.  Make sure you ask the nursing home this question if you need a secured unit.  In a nursing home, the resident does not have to bathe and dress themselves.  The nursing home should have different levels of care that they can provide with certified nurses aids to assist the resident when needed.  Most nursing homes will have staff that can assist for residents that need assistance in feeding themselves.  Most nursing homes are a rehab center and will take Medicare A benefits to pay for their stay.  If the resident is going to stay in a skilled nursing facility-nursing home, check with your local Medicaid office to see if he or she can qualify.

For an example of what skilled nursing facilities offer, visit the Durham, N.C. nursing homes, and rehabilitation link.


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