1127 communities in North Carolina
Grace Ridge Retirement Community
Brookdale Concord Parkway
Pennybyrn at Maryfield
The Forest at Duke
Eno Pointe Assisted Living
Brookdale Lexington North Carolina
St. Andrews Living Center
Heather Glen At Ardenwoods
The Crossings At Reynolds Mountain
North Carolina is the Tar Heel state, in honor of its wildly popular UNC athletic teams. Nobody is really sure where the term originated, but like most of the rest of the state's 42 symbols, its roots probably go back centuries into the early colonial era. North Carolina, like most Eastern Seaboard states, is split between a low-lying coastal area with good land for farming and a much more mountainous interior that's covered with breathtaking scenery and lots of tourist spots where seniors can retire in rugged mountainous uplands.
Much of North Carolina's population crowds into Charlotte and Raleigh, the two biggest cities in the state, but the next four-biggest urban areas all have around a quarter of a million people each, giving North Carolina a really evenly spread population. The state bird is the cardinal, and there are actually two state flowers: the flowering dogwood and the Carolina lily. North Carolina also has a state carnivorous plant, the Venus flytrap, which mostly haunts the marshy areas of the state where the soil is poor and plants need to eat bugs to survive.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is a residential care option that many seniors and their families choose when in-home care is no longer enough to meet their needs for bathing, dressing, cooking and other activities of daily life (ADLs). It’s not to be confused with skilled nursing or post-acute rehab, which are more medically oriented levels of care.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in North Carolina?
Raleigh is the largest city in North Carolina at just over 840,000 people, and with Charlotte, it tops the list of most popular cities in North Carolina for assisted living. However, smaller areas, such as Burlington with a population of just over 50,000 people, often have plenty of choice when it comes to assisted living facilities.
Seniors in North Carolina are mostly getting a really good price on their assisted living arrangements. According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost in NC for assisted living hovers around $3,000 a month. The national median is about $3,750, and even nearby Georgia — where costs are generally lower than national averages — still comes in at $3,888 a month for basic care.
North Carolina is home to 1.4 million aging citizens, as of 2013, which puts seniors at just over 14 percent of the state's population. About 8,000 baby boomers celebrate their 65th birthday every day in the United States, and by 2035, one in five North Carolinians are expected to have reached retirement age. That means at least 2.5 million seniors will call North Carolina home by then.
How Is Assisted Living Regulated in North Carolina?
Assisted living in North Carolina is overseen by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation, Adult Care Licensure Section of the state government. This body reviews applications for the state's assisted living communities and conducts inspections to ensure compliance with fairly strict state codes. State regulation of residential care homes began in 1945, and since 2001, any property with more than seven beds for disabled or care-dependent adults has needed official licensure to legally operate. Nearly a dozen state-level agencies track one or another aspect of how assisted living communities do business, from the Division of Health Services Regulation, which licenses the medical aspects of assisted living care, to OSHA, which regulates workplace safety and even indoor air quality.
How Is Assisted Living in North Carolina Affected by Laws and Taxes?
North Carolina exempts all Social Security income from taxation. This is no doubt one of the major factors driving up the senior population here, since other forms of income are subject to a flat tax rate that stays close to 5.5 percent. Aging citizens who own real estate in North Carolina are expected to pay property taxes, which are moderate by national standards. Seniors and their families should be aware that withdrawals from retirement accounts, whether 401(k), IRAs or other savings plans, are treated just like income from a job for tax purposes, and all money permanently withdrawn from these must be reported on that year's taxes. This is also true for almost all public and private pensions, regardless of other terms and liabilities.
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Politics in North Carolina
North Carolina has a typical bicameral legislature, called the General Assembly, that introduces and ratifies laws. The state also has a normal state supreme court. The Executive branch, on the other hand, is a little unusual, in that the governor is technically the head of a council of his own, the Council of State, which in practice operates like a cabinet, but it can sometimes make decisions independent of the governor's action.
In national politics, North Carolina is a reliable red state. Some polls showed the state leaning toward the Democratic Party during the 2016 election, but those proved to be inaccurate. North Carolina elected a Democratic governor that year, but only by 11,000 votes, out of 4.7 million cast. President Obama carried the state by a slim margin in 2008, but then he lost it by a significant margin in 2012. North Carolina has supported the Republican candidate in every other presidential election cycle since 1976.
The world's first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville, NC. It was in the same town, in 1914, that Babe Ruth hit his first Major League home run. Fayetteville was also the site of perhaps the strangest celebrity photo op in American history, when President Ronald Reagan, actor Kirk Cameron, Webster star Emmanuel Lewis, Lucille Ball and comedienne Phyllis Diller all just happened to be standing close to each other at a Bob Hope comedy event in 1987.
The Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775 arguably made North Carolina the first colony to declare independence from the United Kingdom. Several other states followed soon after, though the national Declaration of Independence would not be adopted until a year later in Philadelphia.
New Bern, NC, is technically the home of Pepsi-Cola. Caleb Bradham formulated a drink that contained carbonated water and a combination of sugar, vanilla, oils, pepsin and cola nuts. Although the initial company went bankrupt in 1923, it was bought out, and Pepsi became a household name.