Best Aging in Place Durham NC

Posted by Larry Tollen on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 at 10:21am

Best Aging in Place: Durham NC

Aging in Place Options for Durham NC

Best Durham Aging in Place for Farm and Nature Lovers

 Croasdaile Village

Located in part on a dairy farm, Croasdaile Village offers over 275 acres of space for passive or active recreation and is a tranquil respite from bustling Durham. Originally founded on Methodist principles of compassion, Croasdaile Village retains compassionate care values in its programming and assistance plans.

  1. Location and Transportation: With a large campus and amenities, there does not require transportation, however transport is available to appointments and visits to Croasdaile VillageDurham.

  2. Residence Amenities: Living at Croasdaile is as close to home or better as a loved one could hope with apartments with high ceilings and lots of natural light and views of the landscape and cottages and homes with courtyards and open floor plans. Cottages and home are fully customizable and apartments are customized at your discretion. Apartments come in 6 floor plans and cottages in 3 floor plans. Residences benefit from weekly cleaning and all maintenance to grounds are included.

  3. Community Amenities: Croasdaile Village offers community amenities that go beyond hair salons and dining, to include 8 signature dimensions of wellness including nutrition, emotional wellness, vocational wellness, and environmental wellness to name a few. Programs are designed to maintain an active mind and body connected to the lives that were formerly led in vocation, while staying committed to broadening understanding of the current reality and trends in news. It has fishing pond, salon, fitness center and programs, nutrition programs, speaking calendar, dining, worship, and incredible landscapes.

  4. Health: Croasdaile Village offers short term rehab, assisted living, and nursing care. It is a good option if you have a loved one that is not ready to move to continuum style living, but is recovering from a procedure. With an on campus clinic for primary care and select specialty care, there are also professionals available for wellness care.

Best Durham Aging in Place for Internationally Recognized

The Forest at Duke

The Forest at Duke was conceived by Duke Faculty members that envisioned a different experience of aging in place in the 1980s and purchased land close to the Duke The Forest at DukeUniversity campus dedicated to continuum care. The team relied on advice from the Duke Center for Aging and Human Development in its development of continuum care programming. For those looking for progressive care rooted in academia, The Forest at Duke is an excellent choice. It is internationally rated and accredited.

  1. Location and Transportation: Located on 47 acres seconds from the Duke University Campus, it boasts deciduous trees, flowering shrubs, and is designed to blossom year round. Transportation is included for those without access to cars for off campus appointments and leisure.

  2. Residence Amenities: The Forest at Duke offers four floor plans for apartment living and six floor plans for the 80 cottages and individual homes at Fountain View Lane Homes. Each residence or private suite is designed with accessibility in mind and has contemporary finishes. For those in apartments, requiring more advanced care, they are connected to the community center by heated walkways. Apartments range from 553 sq ft to 1243 sq ft. Cottages and homes offer open floor plans with ample yards and parking. Residents can choose whether they require weekly cleaning services, but are available.

  3. Community Amenities: The Community Center at The Forest at Duke has won awards for its design simulating a more urban environment for its advanced care patients and it also offers some of the best programming in the United States for all levels of care including, current events forums, gardening and botany, culinary workshops, fitness programming, theatre, salon, and multiple dining venues.

  4. Health: The Forest at Duke offers complete continuum care from assisted living, to skilled nursing, and memory support. On campus physical therapy is available and The Forest has its own campus clinic which tends to primary care appointments and a number of specialty care appointments.

Best Durham Aging in Place for 5 Star Hotel Experience

Hillcrest Durham

Hillcrest has been a home for continuum care for over 70 years in Durham and has a reputation for excellence among Durham Elite. Originally family owned, it is recently expanded to several other locations while continuing to offer excellent assisted living and nursing care. The Hillcrest model does not start when you move to the campus, rather care begins while you are still at home or in a multigenerational home, their in home care option offers compassionate medically trained companionship before Hillcrestmoving onto the campus.

  1. Location and Transportation: Planned excursions and specialty appointments are all provided by Hillcrest. Hillcrest Fieldstone is located within the research Triangle Area minutes from the Duke Campus and numerous hospitals

  2. Residence Amenities: Residences are thoughtfully furnished with safety in mind. Appliances are in residences depending on the level of care being received and assisted living apartments have open floor plans and convenience kitchens. All residences come with weekly cleaning and more if required.

  3. Community Amenities: Various salons, libraries, wellness and recreation areas are available at Hillcrest. Many residents are more advanced in their level care, and community amenities reflect this. Dining is either in dining room or in room dining is available depending on the request of your loved one.

  4. Health: Hillcrest offers rehabilitative care, specialty care, long term care, assisted living, home health, and outpatient therapy and wellness. In house healthcare is available 24/7 at Hillcrest.

Best Durham Aging in Place Family Owned Home

Carolina ReserveCarolina Reserve of Durham

Carolina Reserve is family owned and features assisted living and nursing care in the heart of Durham. In terms of continuum planning, this would be in the more advanced stages of care. Care is individual, highly trained, and compassionate.

  1. Location and Transportation: Excursions and off site specialty appointments are included in the Carolina Reserve plan and it is located minutes from Triangle area hospitals and most appointments.

  2. Residence Amenities: Apartments are updated regularly to feature the latest style amenities and floor plans include Companion, Studio, and Studio Deluxe configurations from 318-400 sq ft.

  3. Community Amenities: Community Amenities and calendars are dynamic and are tailored to meet the requests of residents. From gardening to lectures, each preference is valued and monthly programming is largely developed to suit the current residents.

  4. Health: Carolina Reserve offers Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Respite Care. Memory Care at Carolina Reserve is based on Pathways to Discovery model, incorporating music, art, and other life skills to help maintain identity and dignity. The healthcare model of Carolina Reserve is a low ratio of medical professional to resident.


If you or a family member are at that point in your life where you're exploring options, we hope you find this information helpful. While My NC Homes can't help you to buy into one of these facilities, if you aren't quite ready but need to either find an appropriate home for yourself or a family member or are considering a multi-generational home in Durham, we would be pleased to consult with you and offer our assistance free of charge. For additional resources in the triangle area, please explore the links we've provided below.

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