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The Best Assisted Living in Wilmington

Matthew Jones Matthew Jones Writer and Editor is supported by commissions from providers listed on our site. Read our Editorial Guidelines

Wilmington is a beautiful port city with miles of beaches and nature preserves along the coast of North Carolina. Known for its buzzing Riverwalk district, Wilmington is a great place to shop, go to the beach, visit a museum, or simply relax in the comfort of a seaside city — all in one day! Wilmington boasts a population of just over 120,000, approximately 21,000 of whom are 65 years or older. The population has grown over the past few decades, so the number of seniors is expected to rise in the coming years.1

Wilmington has something to offer people of all ages, but it is particularly well-suited to seniors, including those who need assisted living. There are more than two dozen retirement homes throughout the city, and about half offer assisted living care. That means there are plenty of places where seniors can get professional help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, walking, dressing, and eating.

We’ve compiled a list of the best assisted living communities in Wilmington, North Carolina. Continue reading to see which community may be the right choice for you.

Our Methodology: How We Chose the Best Assisted Living in Wilmington

Wilmington doesn’t have as many assisted living facilities as nearby cities like Charlotte, which made it even more important to identify the communities that stand above the others in the area. To narrow down the contenders, we conducted 50 hours of research, focusing on several important factors.

  • Cost: The cost of assisted living in Wilmington is somewhat high compared to the city’s median cost of living. Since older adults who need assisted living have different financial situations, we try to balance cost with value.
  • Available care: Every community on our list provides at least one service or lifestyle option plus assisted living. Common options include independent living, memory care, and respite care.
  • Reviews: We read hundreds of reviews and included the most pertinent information in our analysis. Groups of reviews often include common themes related to the advantages or disadvantages of a community.
  • Amenities: Amenities set assisted living apart from a facility that provides only medical care. We focus our research on communities with more than one special amenity to make assisted living fun and engaging.
  • Location: Location is not as important in a midsize city like Wilmington, but it still plays a role in the research process. We include assisted living communities close to popular attractions such as parks, golf courses, and shopping.
  • Staff size: We highlighted assisted living communities that offer high staff-to-resident ratios, often with a maximum of eight residents per caregiver.

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