Best Assisted Living in Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. That growth is attributable not only to those who come to work in the banking and financial offices that help fuel the economy but also to the increasing number of retirees who have chosen this sunny and intriguing town as their retirement destination.

The latter group has shaped the sort of activities and events Charlotte has to offer, making it even more appealing to retirees.

What People Love About Charlotte, NC

While you may choose to live in the suburbs, big city excitement is near at hand. Among the charms of this town are the following:

  • Financially speaking, the cost of living is lower than in many states. A further incentive is North Carolina’s refusal to tax Social Security benefits. Additionally, homeowners who are 65+ may qualify for a homestead exemption.
  • The city enjoys a relatively mild climate year-round, averaging more than 200 days of sunshine a year. Highest temperature: 90 degrees. Lowest: 32 degrees.
  • Mass transit, in the form of LYNX light-rail and a good bus system, makes it easy to get around.
  • Great golfing: in 2017, Charlotte was selected to host the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club.
  • A wealth of spectator sports, such as football (including the Carolina Panthers, as well as the Carolina Queens, an all-female team), basketball (the Charlotte Hornets), baseball, soccer, lacrosse, roller skating, and more.
  • Superb health care delivered by Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health.
  • At least two dozen art museums and galleries.
  • A broad selection of restaurants and cuisines.
  • Explore the famed South End neighborhood, with its 100+ shops (each unique), restaurants, galleries, and innovative architecture. Founded some 160 years ago, this neighborhood continues to reinvent itself and is only getting more innovative with time.
  • Home of the Nascar Hall of Fame.
  • For those who like picking out their meats, produce, freshly baked goods and such, there’s the 7th Street Public Market.

Other considerations about Charlotte

No place is going to be perfect. The city is continuing to grow (the estimated population, as of 2016, was 845,801, up at least 50% from 2000). While being bigger has its advantages in what the city can offer its citizens, it also translates into rising crime rates, and questionable air quality (though that has improved over the last few years). The city also has hot, humid summers.

Best Assisted Living in Charlotte, NC- see the top rated facilities.

Best Assisted Living Charlotte, North Carolina – Who makes the list?

Atria MerryWood – Charlotte, NC 28209

Atria MerryWood offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.

Caring – 12 Reviews, Average Rating 4.6
SeniorAdvisor – 34 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – No Review
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: People there very pleasant/effective, pet-friendly, extremely friendly and welcoming, management cares, responsive and supportive, staff is amazing!, professional, go above and beyond with everything, staff knows everyone’s names, anticipate needs, nothing but positive, cheerful, beyond competent, facility homelike and bright, staff and residents respectful, helped move loved one in, very clean, big and easy to get around, residents seem happy, hotel quality, beautiful community, grounds and facility clean, beautifully manicured landscape, well maintained, centrally located, holistic atmosphere encouraged independence, Personal Care Assistants available, Nurses handle medications, food great, above average, food delicious, selection wonderful, meals or snacks any time, dining room setup beautiful, chef, dining options, courteous staff, art classes, bingo, outings, museums, Broadway Lights Shows, shopping, movies, music on Saturdays, facility excellent, nice rooms, full bus service, lots of special events, guests welcome any time, guesthouse available, apartments generous in size but limited storage, large studio/walk-in closet, one-bedroom/walk-in closet/nice size bath/little kitchenette/little dining area, washer/dryers, balconies, weekly poker game, residents supportive of each other, Yoga class, Poker lessons, crafts, gardening, full library, sightseeing, exercises, every resident/personalized care, active resident council, Wii tennis, bridge, Tai Chi, performances by locals, holidays celebrated with glamor/family invited, onsite physical therapy

What they didn’t like: Living space too small, understaffed, lack follow-through, safety hazard, too expensive, didn’t help resident socialize, parking inadequate, moderate staff turnover [hard on residents], annual price increases too high

Brighton Gardens of Charlotte – Charlotte, NC 28210

Brighton Garden of Charlotte provides Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s and Memory Care, and Short-term Stays.

Caring – 11 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 54 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Facility nice and clean, very desirable neighborhood, beautiful, bright, dog on property, pet-friendly, much natural sunlight, home-like, welcoming, felt like a hotel, very uplifting for hospice residents, garden, wonderful facility, very nice commons area, resort-like, well maintained, very cheerful, well laid-out, staff very friendly, happy and efficient, low turnover, attentive and patient, no task ever too small, residents come first, reliable medication management, knowledgeable and compassionate, communicative, lots of good teamwork, stringent employee training, educating staff on Dementia care, helpful advice given, nursing care 24/7, residents interactive with visitors/speak well of their home, 30-day assessments, treat residents with dignity and respect, excellent and well-trained, massage therapist, attention to detail fantastic!, helped resident move in, supports family, good number of activities, mental exercises – word games, etc. – great, staff create “unofficial” activities for residents, activities director, singing, dancing, spiritual activities, bingo, crafts, exercise, library area, trivia, outings to restaurants, bus and driver available, onsite entertainment, shopping, encourage interaction, dining area very nice and homey, good 1-bedroom with walk-in closet, doesn’t feel institutional, room/unit plenty big enough and very clean/up-to-date, much secured, occasional fire drills, nice dining facility, food OK, food very good, no nursing home feeling, nice smoking area, residents allowed to help garden, has a men-only club, across street from very nice South Park Mall

What they didn’t like: Challenges with management over finances/establishing appropriate level of care/communication, constantly raising prices and staff lacking compassion, price incredibly high, med tech ignored instructions, multiple level community confusing, medication admin fee high, more creativity in activities needed, designated smoking area not airtight, dining room understaffed, couldn’t handle a catheter, overworked staff, need to enhance reminders to Alzheimer’s patients, foul smell/carpets worn and dirty, outdoor space limited, resident help alarm devices need upgrading, response time could improve, family must be involved to ensure care, too large and impersonal, could take better care of personal property, physical exercise classes could be more energetic

Brookdale South Charlotte – Charlotte, NC 28226

Brookdale South Charlotte provides Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Caring – 21 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25
SeniorAdvisor – 26 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Newly redone, beautiful, gorgeous, pet-friendly, aviary, smaller facility, peaceful, very well-kept, very clean, very homey, very elegant, like a Southern plantation, staff knowledgeable and courteous, wonderful, responsive, kind, questions answered, anything happens they call immediately, very friendly, keep a professional eye on residents, residents appear engaged, staff listens, genuine caring, friendly residents, good variety of activities/mental and physical, social stimulation, exercise and art classes, main activity each afternoon, dining area fine, 3 meals a day, dining room with bar, food very good, food excellent, little dining area where ladies go to be served, chef, menu satisfactory, good fit/very positive feel, rooms nice/more modern/kitchenette/granite countertops, wonderful amenities, each [resident’s] room had a bath, bathing assistance twice a week, laundry twice a week, Alzheimer’s area small but lots of activities, small separate social areas, rooms and dining room nice, garden, atmosphere seemed lively, warm and welcoming, individuality and independence respected, urged to bring personal furniture and things, residents (including those in wheelchairs) travel to other facilities to perform

What they didn’t like: Waiting list, not for someone with Dementia, understaffed, institutionalized feeling/hospital smell, memory unit disappointingly small/saw no activities going on, three stories and an elevator, food a little bland/not much variety, severely understaffed/residents helping each other, food could be better, price too high/all about the money, dark and gloomy interior, rooms a little small, à la carte pricing, not enough activities

Brookdale Charlotte East [Formerly Wilora Lake Lodge] – Charlotte, NC 28212

Brookdale Charlotte East offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.

Caring – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 3.9
SeniorAdvisor – 37 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Residents energetic/communicative/intelligent/outgoing/happy, fun, help with move-in, staff and residents fantastic, population diverse, welcoming and detailed tour, family atmosphere, positive feel, sales rep very friendly and knowledgeable, good pricing, staff appreciates residents, speakers come to motivate and educate residents and staff, low staff turnover, staff knows residents’ names, manage medicines, administrative staff very accommodating, nice clean facility, large lobby, medium-sized facility, secure, lovely and low-key, nothing fancy/well maintained, nice location/like a bird sanctuary, employees very helpful and energetic, very patient, obviously have residents’ best interests at heart, compassionate, caring and sincere, go that extra mile, gracious Southern hospitality, staff excellent, rooms beautiful, cozy, apartments small but doable, several spacious lounges and meeting rooms, dining area gorgeous, order from menu, loves the food, food OK, food is delicious, plenty of food, facility bus available, staff attentive, group activities, puzzles, residents extremely friendly, apartments roomy, spacious apartments with balconies or patios, full kitchen, amazing storage space, bingo, Bible study, ongoing classes, halls clean/smelled very nice, gated community, paved walkways, allow breakfast in room

What they didn’t like: Small rooms, staff not relaxed, no buffet, not located in best area, no kitchens in rooms, manager failed to show up for tour, school being built across the street/increase traffic, food inconsistent, food runs out before second dinner, facility could use overall updating, admin rating a 1 [care rated a 5], bathrooms too small for walkers, not all that trustworthy/they want your money, long wait after ringing bell for assistance, a little too big

Elmcroft of Little Avenue – Charlotte, NC 28226

Elmcroft of Little Avenue provides Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care.

Caring – 14 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 32 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – No Reviews
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Fantastic, comfortable, elegant, clean, pet-friendly, no medication fee, facility older but well kept up, excellent vibe, very well maintained, lot more personality, lovely inside and lovely people, residents seemed a little sparkling [with life], residents seemed happy, staff has longevity, plenty of staff, Memory Care, all rooms [bath and bed] have a “panic cord,” rooms spacious, very bright, they involve residents in making decisions/in projects, staff is excellent!, caring, kind, very attentive, manager to maintenance/always greet you with a smile, physical therapy, show genuine concern, easy to work with/get hold of, nursing staff amazingly loving and compassionate, knowledgeable, director able to get potential resident to open up, extremely personable, loved the staff, staff very close with residents, staff appreciation events, residents seemed very happy, homey, price hike but justified, small, intimate, clean, quiet community, tons of activities, activity room, outside entertainment comes in, exercises outside/fresh air, 3 meals a day, food good, snacks, large rooms, room/private bath/nice-sized closet/little fridge/microwave, complaints and suggestions addressed immediately, Assisted Living beautiful and clean, open floorplan, many great features throughout property, can visit resident any time, regular weekly outings, lots of on-street parking

What they didn’t like: Resident upset staff didn’t offer guest(s) beverage, [facility] didn’t have an “open” feel, elevator needed repair, hallways kind of narrow, Memory Care strong smell of urine, [private] room too small for walker/fridge too small, would like nurse or some medical staff on site 24/7, not impressed with activities for less-able-bodied

Legacy Heights Senior Living – Charlotte, NC 28277

Legacy Heights offers Assisted Living, Memory Care – Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Respite Care, and Short-term Stays.

Caring – 17 Reviews, Average Rating 4.1
SeniorAdvisor – 24 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 1 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Staff and caregivers give lots of attention, first-class operation, friendly/cooperative/supportive, diligent and consistent, caring, very helpful/personable, easy to access with questions, interactions with residents, very happy place, good service and good staff, excellent care, management outstanding, ALL the staff clearly try their best, polite and nurturing, professional, attention to detail, cleanliness, no odor, physical therapy, in-house doctors, very clean/bright/cheerful, big winding staircase, always neat and clean, common area, couldn’t be happier with this choice, homey, not stuffy, guests can hang out, very lovely, never feels huge or institutional, very charming, activities wonderful, activities director phenomenal, [residents] happy and alert, rooms very spacious, gorgeous, fabulous, front porch/beautiful/inviting, like a cruise ship, food outstanding, good food, many options, dining rooms small/intimate, tablecloths/colorful dishes, residents get to know each other, music, puzzles, rooms/residences/hallways always clean and bright, apartment really nice, decorated in traditional way, lots of activities, story-time, crafts, spiritual leaders, volunteer groups visit/boy scouts/manicurists, bingo, movie time, outside entertainment comes in, popcorn and ice cream socials, Wii bowling, bingo, rosary, Memory Care Unit well setup, decorate rooms your own way, field trips, games, songs, library, parlor, pricing reasonable

What they didn’t like: Claims loved one died from neglect, more expensive, wouldn’t accept Medicaid, no onsite rehab, maybe not for advanced Alzheimers, seemed like a nursing home, residents just sitting around, not modern, food maybe not always appropriate for resident, resident allowed to wander/staff lost her DNR, [great overall but] some issues/medication service, rushed through tour, resident neglected/lack of follow-through

Regency Retirement Village at Pineville – Charlotte, NC 28210

Regency Retirement Village at Pineville provides Short-term Stays, Memory Care, and Assisted Living.

Caring – 20 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 44 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Felt very welcomed here, spacious, nicely decorated and clean, resident dogs/animal therapy, not like a nursing home, very active community, given [resident] sense of purpose back, secure location, well-maintained, staff and residents incredibly friendly/compassionate/loving, warm, comfortable, kind and helpful, make sure residents have eaten, very much impressed/how much better Regency is than earlier this year, new management is hands-on, staff knowledgeable as to safety policies/procedures/nursing practices, approachable, staff smiling and happy, nursing staff great, general support team amazing, nurses’ aide staff great, can’t say enough positive things about them!, service good, pretty good with medicine, answered all questions, good communication/sent updates and pictures, willingness to help, go above and beyond, privacy considerations, Ombudsman, meals great, food awesome, food OK, 3 meals a day and snacks, a lot of meal choices, peace of mind, pricing competitive, very nice and clean, lots of activities, reading group, games, checkers, exercises, Bingo, Bridge, cards, outings, social interaction, live entertainment, shuttles to appointments, church services, visiting pianist, courtyard very nice, rooms seemed fine, studio, shared apartment/suite for 2 people w/kitchen and bathroom, tiny fridge and microwave, liked room sizes, suites beautiful, assisted living beautiful, good follow-up, own bedroom plus shared bath/budget-friendly, adequate parking, panic button in bathroom/response time 8-9 minutes, little patios

What they didn’t like: New staff from takeover 7/2016 – wouldn’t recommend, terrible staffing and management turnover, staff/huge turnover, faulty call button, a little slow responding to some of Mom's needs, need more staff, sticky floor memory unit, few amenities memory unit, staff not all on same page, quick to take our money/we were just dollar signs to them, disagreement among staff as to what care resident needed, décor pretty dated, dark and needed renovation/rooms shabby, larger facility/very loud, memory care unit/long straight hallway, community area small, staff inattentive, memory care rooms so tiny, noisy/busy/hospital look/feel/smell, representative too aggressive, three stories high/not comfortable with that, food inconsistent, not enough caregivers, dirty and drab, need a few more CNA’s, CNAs turn over pretty quickly, staff seemed inattentive/medication issue, no communication/updates from staff/resident neglected, read fine print carefully/refunds, heating units/AC old and loud, [bedside] button not working/family member had to help resident, high turnover of CNAs and Med Techs, bad layout/easily get lost

Summit Place of South Park – Charlotte, NC 28209

Summit Place of South Park offers Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Caring – 16 Reviews, Average Rating 4.25
SeniorAdvisor – 19 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 3.33
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Walked in to hear 95-year-old playing piano, people absolutely wonderful, chef, majority of people here long time, rooms/everything wonderful, home, very clean, smells good, cheerful, staff and residents happy, manager highly engaging/involved/addressing issues, large windows/lots of light, design and layout of apartments and the overall building, completely redoing memory unit, facility pretty inside and out, no one sleeps in corridors, wonderful facility, good communication, lovely, staff very caring and friendly, well educated, everyone knew everyone, admin staff awesome, nursing/med techs awesome/fabulous, informative, knowledgeable, staff goes over top to make smooth transition, residents appear happy, bingo, art classes, trips to store, three meals a day plus snacks, anytime dining, pleasant environment. warm, receptive, very positive people, clean, rooms nice, food tasty, cafeteria style, food wonderful, loving environment/very supportive, staff patient, staff personable and diligent, different activities for each Dementia resident, music therapy, nice apartment style rooms with sink/refrigerator/cabinet, dining room nice, rooms adequate, bright, security well maintained, lighting really good, activities 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM, performers come in, a lot of lounge areas for socializing, good program for memory loss, four areas for different stages/Dementia

What they didn’t like: Food needs improving, need more male-oriented activities, didn’t return calls quickly, rooms small, a little hard for resident to get around, felt more like a hospital/institution, “never seen a place so poorly managed,” nurse in charge of floor difficult to get hold of, food is awful, dining/waitstaff horrible, nursing staff could be more attentive, price outrageously high, clothes went missing, they charge for anything, make you use your own linens, the provider is the Five Star corporation – not the same as being five stars, slow to refund money, hard to communicate with, terrible neglect of resident, four items went missing, resident had to take elevator to get to dining room/no assistance, Summit either misrepresented their capabilities or failed to diagnose the resident’s condition

Sunrise on Providence – Charlotte, NC 28226

Sunrise on Providence supplies Assisted Living, Memory Care, Short-term Stays, and Hospice.

Caring – 13 Reviews, Average Rating 3.7
SeniorAdvisor – 29 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes – 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: House pets, animal-friendly, grounds beautiful, good food, food pretty good for an institution, food great, go above and beyond, staff good, staff courteous, professional and helpful, very kind and cooperative, really on top of things, feel they genuinely care, educated, try to involve residents in activities, sales director worked with us to make affordable, Director of Sales very knowledgeable and helpful, make a prompt effort to fix issues, all staff helps care for residents, residents seem happy and engaged, made very clear the price was subject to change, very impressed with entire setup, a lot of activities, great floor plan/short halls leading to central area, numerous sitting/gathering areas in building, calm atmosphere, bright and sunny/skylights 2nd floor, lots of windows, tall ceilings, rooms very nice, showers were wheelchair-accessible, staff really nice, facility very clean, really good kitchen/tell them what you want, older building but very nice, old Victorian style with porches, clean and neat, carpets clean, security and safety well maintained, lots of activities, shuttle bus, exercises, library, kids from schools come visit, music, outings, Bingo, a group that goes out to lunch, men’s luncheon, games, layout/looks/décor felt homey, people nice and friendly, rooms large, beautiful and spacious, can visit weekdays/weekends, staff push resident to get involved, nice patio/outdoor area, dedicated CNA, activities for men, studios, spacious rooms, 1-bedroom with kitchenette

What they didn’t like: Witnessed friend being ignored/handled in rude/almost abusive way, dining room very poorly run, no follow-through/slow to respond, food terrible/does not meet nutritional value, friend's room is nice but the bathroom is always dirty, rooms not as open and bright [as other facility], understaffed, needed renovation/not homey, wasn’t well taken care of/cluttered, not overly impressed with food, memory care facility very small/noisy, food terrible, wouldn’t refund any money, lots of staff help moving in/none for moving out, size of place would overwhelm some, everyone here so unhappy/staff changes every week, cost too high, inspection history/several penalties, helpful if had a social worker on staff, hard to get a hold of right person, food could use a lot of work/little selection/eating times restrictive, a lot of fees, very expensive, bad parking, impression of a corporate atmosphere/not personal

The Laurels and the Haven in Highland – Charlotte, NC 28269

The Laurels and the Haven provide Assisted Living, Memory Care – Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Short-term Stays and Hospice.

Caring – 22 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor – 15 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes – 1 Review, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews – No Reviews

What they liked: Food very good, 3 meals a day, two entrees, dining room very pleasant, common dining area like a cafeteria, three different “neighborhoods”/so not crowded, very nice and clean and spacious, rooms very nice, caregivers mostly nice and very caring, very informative, very clean, management outstanding, accommodating, staff – both administrative and healthcare – attentive/very eager to help, accommodating/kind/gentle, seems secure, everyone smiling, friendly to family, food excellent, lots of trees, nice courtyard, very full schedule of activities, allowed to customize room, most of staff great [except general manager and director of nursing], nice layout/lots of safe space and mobility options, bingo, ice cream socials, game time, movie time, outings, visits to local malls, fairly full calendar of events, exercise, general get-togethers, church groups, Bible study, coordinator very accommodating/enthusiastic, choir, gardening, poker games, craft room, men’s meeting room/women’s meeting room, beauty parlor, laundry facility

What they didn’t like: New furniture/living room much too big/not spill-proof, apartments needed updating, too much attention to looks over function/new furniture in common area looks good but too big and deep for residents, [residents’] rooms nice but desperately need updating, petty theft, Five Star new general management and head of nursing cold/unfriendly/autocratic, sheets could be changed more often, not in a good part of town, just interested in taking your money/drop the ball on actual caring part, failed to give blood pressure med/blamed family, horrible – scant attention for assisted living, neglected residents, Director won’t return phone calls, limited activities, untrained staff, nurses/medication problems, some staff rude and surly, private rooms dark/dingy/poorly ventilated, staff by-and-large cold and indifferent, caregivers with no sense of “customer service” or personal responsibility, resident degenerated after entering here, be prepared to become very involved in resident’s daily care or hire private service, rooms might have been a little bigger, rooms were small, price.

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