Cities with Independent Living Communities in North Carolina

Brier Pointe Retirement Community

  5911 McCrimmon Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560


Inspire Royal Park

  4101 Glenloch Circle
Matthews, NC 28105


Symphony Park

  12221 Sam Furr Road
Huntersville, NC 28078


Haywood Lodge and Retirement Center

  251 Shelton St
Waynesville, NC 28786


Friends Homes

  925 New Garden Road
Greensboro, NC 27410


TerraBella Lake Norman

  140 Carriage Club Drive
Mooresville, NC 28117



  4000 Glenaire Circle
Cary, NC 25711


Carolina Bay at Autumn Hall

  630 Carolina Bay Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403


Brookridge Retirement Community

  1199 Hayes Forest Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106


Arbor Acres United Methodist

  1240 Arbor Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104


Friends Home at Guilford

  925 New Garden Road
Greensboro, NC 27410

Friends Home West

  6100 W. Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC 27410


Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle

  5490 Arbor Branch Drive
Shallotte, NC 28470


Waltonwood Lake Boone

  3550 Horton Street
Raleigh, NC 27607


Waltonwood Providence

  11945 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28277


Shuler Health Care Assisted Living

  250 Pitts St.
Kernersville, NC 27284


Louisburg Manor

  114 Smoketree Way
Louisburg, NC 27549


Brightmore of South Charlotte

  10225 Old Ardrey Kell Road
Charlotte, NC 28227


LaurelHurst & LaurelWoods

  1064 W Mills St.
Columbus, NC 28722

Heritage Woods

  3812 Forrestgate Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27103


The Carolina Highlands

  1919 Fordham Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304


Arbor Ridge at Stanleyville

  350 Arbor View Lane
Winston-Salem, NC 27105


Arbor Ridge at Kernersville

  1237 Masten Drive
Kernersville, NC 27284


Gateway Place Apartments

  6100 Gateway Place Apartments
Kernersville, NC 27284


Capital Oaks Retirement

  6498 Ray Road
Raleigh, NC 27613


The Oaks at Whitaker Glen

  501 E. Whitaker Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27608


Brookshire Senior Apartments

  300 Meadowland Drive
Hillsborough, NC 27278


Crossings at Heritage

  3134 Branch Ferry Road
Wake Forest, NC 27587


Belvedere at Berewick

  5840 Dixie River Road
Charlotte, NC 28278


Windsor Run

  2010 McKee Road
Matthews, NC 28105


Senior Villages

  1705 Queen City Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28208


The Glens at Birkdale Commons

  15504 Sullivan Glen Way
Huntersville, NC 28078


Sharon Village & Retirement Home

  4009 Craig Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28211


Waltonwood Cary Parkway

  750 SE Cary Parkway
Cary, NC 27511


The Dorchester

  12920 Dorman Rd
Pineville, NC 28134


What are Retirement Communities?
Retirement communities are often also called independent living communities, because they are designed for seniors who are able to live independently, with no need for daily personal or medical care. They are generally mid-to large-sized campus-style communities that offer a wide variety of activities and conveniences for residents.

If this sounds similar to an active adult or 55+ community, that is because retirement and active adult communities share some core commonalities. These often include providing exterior home and lawn maintenance, planned social activities, communal spaces and outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses or swimming pools. The benefits of living in a retirement community are generally the same as living in other types of senior housing: more opportunities for social engagement, more free time to spend pursuing hobbies and low-maintenance living. Retirement communities take low-maintenance living to an even higher level than active adult communities, because the following are often included, with other services available a la carte:

• Meals – 3x/day, served in a dining room
• Linen and laundry service
• Housekeeping
• Interior home maintenance
• Scheduled transportation to shopping, medical appointments and other errands
• 24-hr staff and onsite-healthcare in case of emergency

As in most types of senior housing, the size and style of home varies from community to community, from studio apartments to large villas, often with many styles available within the same campus. While the homes may differ in size, most will have features that are designed with seniors in mind, such as:

• One-level living
• Wide doorways
• Walk-in showers
• Low thresholds
• Emergency call systems

And while every community is unique, many will offer the same types of amenities and benefits to residents, all aimed at allowing them to live easier, more engaged and fulfilling lives. Most retirement communities provide an even broader range of amenities than those found in active adult communities, including:

• Daily scheduled activities, fitness classes or crafts
• On-site salons, libraries and chapels
• Game rooms
• Theaters
• Community meeting spaces such as club houses and bistros
• Private dining rooms for special family meals
• Community excursions

Some independent living communities are located within larger campuses that also offer assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care services; these campuses are called Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). They offer a full range of senior care to residents as they age and their health needs change. CCRCs allow residents to age in place, and stay within the same overall community, as they move from one level of care to the next. A CCRC is especially helpful if one spouse has different care needs than the other. Even if one spouse is in a higher-level care facility, couples are still close enough to see each other every day and are able to enjoy the same amenities and activities.

Use our US map above to begin your search for the best retirement communities for you or your loved one.

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