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Finding North Carolina Long-Term Care

When you’re looking for a long-term care facility, this is a good place to start.

Long-term care facilities include nursing homes and assisted living facilities in North Carolina.

Nursing Homes in North Carolina

Nursing homes provide nursing or convalescent care residents and licensed by the State of North Carolina. Care provided includes long-term care of chronic conditions or short-term rehabilitation care following hospitalization.

You can use Nursing Home Compare on to find quality ratings for Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified nursing homes in North Carolina. Ratings for each facility range from a low of one star up to the highest rating of five stars for three critical areas:

  • health inspection results,
  • quality measures, and
  • staffing levels.

An overall rating is also provided. You can use this information to learn more about a particular facility. You should also talk with your doctor or other health care provider, and going to the nursing homes to visit and talk to the staff. You can also contact your local Long-Term Care Ombudsman or State Survey Agency. Click here to go to the Nursing Home Compare page.

Assisted living facilities (which fall under the category of “adult care homes” for North Carolina licensing purposes), provide care for residents who can no longer live at home on their own but don’t need nursing home care. Typical assistance might include needing help in meeting daily needs such as medication management, bathing and dressing. The facility provides room and board, personal assistance, supervision of medications, and social activities. Some assisted living facilities have Alzheimer’s Units, or Memory  Care Communities. 

Assisted Living Facilities in North Carolina

Assisted livings have a star rating system similar to the one for nursing homes described above, administered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Based on annual inspections and complaint investigations, North Carolina assigns each assisted living facilities a star rating from a low of zero stars to a high of four stars. To go to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Star Ratings search, click here.

You can also visit the website of your local Area Agency on Aging, for care communities near you.

Coming soon: our site will be providing additional resources for finding care. We are planning to offer sponsored listings as well, to allow facilities to provide up to date information about their care community.


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