Cary NC, Best Aging in Place

The Brokers at my NC Homes have had the pleasure of working clients ranging in age from 20 - 80+. Over the next several months we will be showcasing the best communities for aging in place. We do this as a service to our clients as well as a service to the community at large. In all instances you'll need to contact these communities directly as these aren't offered for sale in the traditional real estate manner, we're unable to work as your Buyer agent. We hope however that this information is helpful to our older clients as well as our younger clients who may have parents or grandparents in need.

We would like to begin our series on aging in place in North Carolina with Cary. Cary, North Carolina is part of what is known as the Research Triangle due to its central proximity amidst some of the best hospitals and Universities, renowned for medicine, in the United States. It was ranked by Money Magazine as one of the best small towns in America. Cary offers small town charm, a temperate climate, and the numerous excellent healthcare options. It is one of the many ideal spots throughout the Research Triangle area for aging in place.

We recommend the below facilities according to construction and building access, transportation access or service, neighborhood details, healthcare, support services, progressive care options and social outlets. Our Best of Guides recognize the different styles of aging in place and aging in community. If you are looking to move a loved one or looking for a house in Cary but require aging in place, please consider My NC Homes.

Best All inclusive Age in Place: Sunrise of Cary 

Sunrise of Cary offers assisted living and memory care in configurations of two bedroom, studio, and companion suites with an all inclusive approach to aging in place.

  1. Location and Transportation: Sunrise at Cary is minutes from Downtown Cary and all transportation is coordinated and handled as an amenity.&Sunrise - Cary NC

  2. Residence Amenities: Sunrise at Cary is completely accessible for residents of all needs. There are three levels of configurations from studio, two bedroom, and companion suites, all complete with kitchenettes, as well as onsite dining.

  3. Community Amenities: Outdoor space abounds, and the programming at Sunrise at Cary is the most complete of our list. Education, hobbies, creative, and exercise programming is included. Trash removal is daily and weekly housekeeping is included.

  4. Health: WakeMed is less that 5 miles from Sunrise of Cary, a top ranked hospital in the research triangle and licensed nurses conduct wellness assessments monthly and three nutritious meals per day are served.

Best Aging in Place for Holistic Therapies: HeartFields at Cary

HeartFields at Cary offers completely all inclusive aging in place with some of the best holistic programs in Wake County.

  1. Location and Transportation: Located centrally to downtown Cary, all transportation and outings are handled by Heartfields at Cary. Heartfields - Cary NC

  2. Residence Amenities: Residents have a variety of layouts to choose from complete with kitchenette depending on their level of care, and onsite dining. Cleaning and waste removal services are all included.

  3. Community Amenities: Movie nights, spa days, guest speakers, trips to town, volunteering, and exercise are just some of the programming included in the Lifestyle 360 program for living at HeartFields at Cary.

  4. Health: HeartFields at Cary has the largest rehabilitation center for aging in place in Wake County and its Lifestyle 360 program focuses on five dimensions of wellness.

Best Aging in Place in Nature: Livewell Cary

Livewell Cary is a small assisted living facility that offers off the beaten path living, while located in the heart of Cary and the Research Triangle.

  1. Location and Transportation: Located off the beaten path, Livewell is a verdant respite from downtown Cary. All transportation is provided thanks to the level of intimacy of care at Livewell. Livewell - Cary NC

  2. Residence and Community Amenities: Each resident has their own room within the facility, as there are only 8 residents at Livewell Cary and staff.

  3. Social Amenities: From drum circles to computer classes to nature walks, Livewell Cary has the most progressive care for seniors in our list. Other classes include cooking, despite full meal service provided by Livewell Cary.

  4. Health: All residents are attended by staff onsite and hospitals are under a ten minute drive.

Best Aging in Place with Pets in Cary: Waltonwood Cary Parkway

Waltonwood Cary Parkway offers secure apartment style pet friendly living. Waltonwood - Cary NC

  1. Location and Transportation: Located close to downtown Cary, there are scheduled excursions, but transportation is not provided by Waltonwood Cary Parkway.

  2. Residence Amenities: Floorplans are one or two bedroom with a kitchenette and full alarm system, in addition to onsite dining.

  3. Community Amenities: The amenities at the Waltonwood Cary Parkway community are extensive from pool, spa, library, to beauty shop. This community also has complete programming for residents.

  4. Health: In addition to healthcare for those in need of daily activity assistance, Waltonwood Cary Parkway has occupational and physical therapy onsite.

Best Aging in Place Like Home: Chatham Commons

Chatham Commons is several blocks from Downtown Cary and offers a close to home environment for assisted living residents.

  1. Location and Transportation: City! Transportation to appointments and airport are available to residents.

  2. Residence Amenities: Each room has cable tv, climate control, and furnishings and decor from home. Residents have full time housekeeping staff for their comfort.

  3. Community Amenities: On site amenities include private spa, beauty salon, and various gardens.

  4. Healthcare: On call physician services are included at Chatham so there is no need to leave the grounds for regular appointments.

Best Aging in Place in Faith: Glenaire

Glenaire is a Presbyterian sponsored aging in place facility with lush campus with plenty of space for fresh air including paths and gardens. While not expressly religious, it offers those seeking to maintain connection with their faith; the option, while aging in place.

  1. Location: Located minutes from downtown Cary, but away from hustle and bustle, residents can relax and enjoy trips to downtown whenever they wish as transportation is included.

  2. Residence Amenities: Appliance maintenance, housekeeping, and security are covered in these residences of one to two bedroom floor plans and cottages.

  3. Community Amenities: Swimming, painting, card games and walking amidst paths of gardens are all available at Glenaire.

  4. Health: Glenaire has progressive plans from independent living to nursing care, onsite. It also features optional dining.

The primary purpose of this series is to help our clients become aware of the numerous options available throughout the Triangle. We encourage anyone who is actively looking for options suitable for aging in place to plan on visiting and checking out for themselves any of the facilities mentioned to confirm suitability. With Covid19 still an issue, on-site visits may not be possible so be certain to call first.

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