With mild temperatures throughout the state and beaches along its Atlantic shoreline, South Carolina has much to offer as a retirement destination. The Greenville-Spartanburg area in the northwest corner of the state is an affordable, thriving metropolitan area for all ages. Along its Atlantic shorelines to the east, the Palmetto State earns its nickname with popular coastal cities like Myrtle Beach, Charleston, and Savannah. South Carolina living is filled with Southern hospitality and charm, which may explain why the state has a higher-than-average senior population.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 100 senior living communities in South Carolina that provide memory care.
The median monthly cost of memory care in South Carolina is about $4,600.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because memory care is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate memory care within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in South Carolina.
In South Carolina, memory care communities — sometimes called Alzheimer’s care or dementia care — provide specialized care for seniors who have Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory loss. These communities offer personalized cognitive rehabilitation programs alongside assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). Memory care usually includes 24-hour supervision and unique design elements, like outdoor gardens and color-coded walls, to help ease anxiety, agitation, and other symptoms of dementia.
Overall, the cost of living in South Carolina is considered to be slightly more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 18% of South Carolina’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, South Carolina leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like Columbia and Charleston, tend to be more progressive.
South Carolina’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, meaning the state has four distinct seasons including warm summers and cold to mild winters. The higher elevations of the Upstate region lead to less moisture in the air, whereas humidity and precipitation are higher along the state’s eastern coastline.