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10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Charleston, SC

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Charleston is a charming and historic city along the coast of South Carolina. The city blends waterfront views and historical architecture together perfectly, and southern hospitality is the thread that draws everything together.

Friendly faces and great care are sure to be easy to find if you’re looking for a Charleston memory care facility for a loved one. A comfortable place that provides safety, security, and assistance to your loved one while allowing them to continue to live a life of dignity is what memory care is all about.

In this guide, we’ll cover our 11 memory care facility partners within a 10-mile radius of the center of Charleston, which includes North Charleston, Folly Beach, and Mount Pleasant. We’ll also discuss ways to pay for memory care, laws and regulations that govern memory care, as well as options for health care, transportation, and area activities.

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Photo of Ashley Gardens Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care
99 Photos available
11 Floor plan available
9.7
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27 reviews
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When it came to the quality of care services my mother needed an abundance of oversight. The gals in charge were wonderfully supportive, sensitive and helpful to my mother's needs, as well as to me. They...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Here at Ashley Gardens, we are more than a memory care facility, we are a memory care community. Located close to Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, we offer a warm and welcoming senior community for those in need of all-inclusive assisted living, transitional assisted living, or memory care in...
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Photo of Oaks at Charleston
1919 Photos available
66 Floor plans available
9.2
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43 reviews
9.2
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43 reviews
5 star
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The staff is wonderful, as well as the caregivers. For the most part, my family has a great rapport with the caregivers, and they are very attentive to our sister. We also have a great rapport with the...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Choice of companion or private studio, one-and two- bedroom accommodations Weekly housekeeping and laundry All utilities except for telephone Delicious, well balanced meals, three times per day Snacks available around the clock Care staff on duty 24 hours per day Emergency Call System Assistance...
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Photo of Harmony at West Ashley
1111 Photos available
2222 Floor plans available
8.7
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31 reviews
8.7
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31 reviews
5 star
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We chose Harmony at West Ashely because it is a larger and newer facility. I thought that would lead to more opportunities for mom There's been more turn-over in staff than I would have liked.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Welcome to Harmony at West AshleyIndependent Living | Assisted Living | Memory CareIn our continued effort to meet the demand of seniors in Charleston, South Carolina, we are offering Virtual Tours, an enhanced screening procedure for new residents, along with the security, support, services...
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Photo of Brookdale West Ashley
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22 Floor plans available
Pricing promotion expiring soon
8.5
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We chose Brookdale West Ashley because of the cost for what we were getting. But also the smaller size was helpful due to the proximity of other rooms like dining, PT, library. Nothing was very far to get...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Brookdale Charleston is an assisted living and memory care community in the historical and thriving city of Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is an elegant city with warm and welcoming people that exude Southern charm and hospitality, offering its residents a unique combination of historical...
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Photo of Benton House of West Ashley
1010 Photos available
44 Floor plans available
8.2
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18 reviews
8.2
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18 reviews
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I would say the staff is friendly and the private rooms are big comparatively. As with any place, changes take a bit of time and getting all shifts on the same page. Comparatively, they are still head and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
We. Are. Family. Award Winning Senior Living! National Winner-Top 50 in Aging Services by Fortune magazine. A Great Place to Work certified 3 consecutive years. Multiple Pinnacle Customer Service Awards. Call or drop by to see what makes Benton House of West Ashley the most desired in the...
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Photo of The Palms of Mt. Pleasant
1414 Photos available
55 Floor plans available
9.4
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46 reviews
9.4
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46 reviews
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Too far to exit to take dog out, to access transportation, etc. Swimming pool too small. Apartment nice. I had to provide my own housekeeping because none was available. Meals were nice and on time. ...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
The Palms of Mount Pleasant The Palms of Mount Pleasant is an assisted living community located in the heart of Mt. Pleasant, Charleston County, South Carolina. Our community is just minutes away from dozens of notable locations, including numerous public parks and beaches, local festivals, East...
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Photo of Atria Mount Pleasant
2222 Photos available
3030 Floor plans available
9.1
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36 reviews
9.1
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36 reviews
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Atria Mount Pleasant is a beautiful and well maintained facility. The staff are all super duper nice and so are the residents. There are a ton of activities all day and great parties and events. The majority...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Set among the natural coastal beauty of the Lowcountry, Atria Mount Pleasant is a vibrant community designed to help older people enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle – and experience greater well-being.This inviting residence features spacious apartments and villas, each with a flexible...
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Photo of Mount Pleasant Gardens Alzheimer's Special Care Center
1111 Photos available
33 Floor plans available
8.7
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14 reviews
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I feel that the staff really cares about my dad. The staff always seems very helpful and happy to be of help. I know dad is safe at Mt. Pleasant Gardens! I also love to see the frequent activities and...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
At Mount Pleasant Gardens Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, you will find our distinctive "Meaningful Moments®" brand of memory care, where we take memories and routines from your loved ones life prior to Alzheimer's and weave them into customized daily routines allowing us to create a supportive...
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Photo of Oaks at Mt. Pleasant
1111 Photos available
33 Floor plans available
8.7
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16 reviews
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Dealing with dementia patients has gotta be the hardest job in the world. I think everyone that works there is great and kind and helpful. Big should out to [name removed], he really helped us out a lot...
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Welcome Home to Sweetgrass Court! We are dedicated to providing activity focused care in a supportive environment by well trained associates. We strive to focus on what our residents can achieve as opposed to what they can no longer achieve on their own. We offer assistance with all activities of...
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Photo of Shem Creek Health Center at South Bay
33 Photos available
8.2
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3 reviews
8.2
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3 reviews
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Most of the staff cares deeply about the residents. I've been surprised by how much still have to follow up and advocate for my Dad. But I love seeing how they love my dad! The activities director and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Shem Creek Health Center, located on the twenty-four-acre campus of South Bay at Mt. Pleasant, offers a full range of health care services to meet the needs of the individual. Offering in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care, the staff of...
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Photo of Oaks at Daniel Island
1818 Photos available
55 Floor plans available
6.8
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12 reviews
6.8
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12 reviews
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If we could give the overall value for cost a 10 we would! What we really like the most about the community is the location. The location of Oaks at Daniel Island is highly accessible. Most everything is...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Welcome to the warm, inviting atmosphere of the Oaks of Daniel Island, a place for senior adults to call home. Just moments from historic downtown Charleston, SC on beautiful Daniel Island, you can enjoy all the simple pleasures you deserve. As you learn more about our community, services,...
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Photo of The Palmettos of Charleston
2020 Photos available
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The staff is amazing they are so kind and caring and take wonderful care of my 97-year-old aunt. Through out the pandemic they have done everything they can to keep the residences safe, healthy and happy. I...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
The Palmettos of Charleston is owned and operated by NHC (National HealthCare Corporation). Since 1972, NHC has been committed to excellence by providing quality care that exceeds the standards of other assisted living communities. The Palmettos offers its residents an unrivaled amount of...
Photo of Sweetgrass Village
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Sweetgrass has been wonderful home for my father! The size is what first attracted me to Sweetgrass and it has met all my expectations! Being small your loved one will get the individual attention they...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Welcome Home to Sweetgrass Village of Mt. Pleasant! We offer luxurious studio and one bedroom apartments with kitchenettes in en elegant hotel-like environment. Our friendly, service oriented 24 hour staff will provide you with all the care and comfort of home, while promoting a sense of...
Photo of Revela at Mt. Pleasant Assisted Living
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I thought overall they did a good job here, but they weren't quite up to the level of care that my loved one needed. It was a nice facility, everything was well kept and clean, and the staff were all...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Welcome to Revela at Mt. Pleasant Assisted LivingEngage in a lifestyle you’ll love at Revela at Mt. Pleasant in Mt Pleasant, SC.Living along the coast at Revela at Mt. Pleasant in Mt Pleasant, SC, provides our Residents not only with a beautiful location but with many opportunities to enjoy a...
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Photo of Ashley Landing Assisted Living
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Mom has been a resident of this community for awhile now. I just want to say Ashley Landing is great. All of the staff is friendly and welcoming. The food is excellent and there is always something going...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
GET TO KNOW ASHLEY LANDING ASSISTED LIVINGFROM THE MOMENT YOU WALK IN THE DOOR, IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT AT ASHLEY LANDING, WHERE WE OFFER AFFORDABLE ASSISTED LIVING FOR OUR RESIDENTS. ASHLEY LANDING FEELS LIKE HOME. THE GREETINGS ARE WARM AND FRIENDLY AND THE MEALS TASTE...
Photo of TerraBella James Island
77 Photos available
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It's a delightful place with southern beach charm !The room was great spacious being able to look out the windows and see the hummingbird feeders in the birdhouse feeders in the garden beds was spectacular...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
TerraBella James Island is an assisted living community located in the beautiful community of James Island, South Carolina. Clark Sound is only a mile away and is a popular afternoon destination for our residents. If you have a history buff in your family we are only two miles from both the...
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All of the interactions we had with the staff were very positive, they know all the residents by name and they were very caring towards our loved one. Even though our loved one did not participate in the...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Adjacent to the Daniel Island Club, nestled amongst the trees and overlooking Beresford Creek, Wellmore of Daniel Island is the premier retirement community in Charleston’s vibrant island town. Members enjoy luxurious accommodations, restaurant-style fine dining, an award-winning wellness...
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We love Kempton of Charleston. The facility is great especially if you have access to driving. The location is isolated and there is not enough activities and things going on away from the facility so my...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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I am so very thankful for the loving care Mom (age 86 - COPD and dementia) receives at Carter-May Home. She was in Pinewood in Goose Creek, SC for about a year and a half until they raised her level of care...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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I chose this facility for my mom from the various experiences that I have had with assisted living facilities for the last 10 years. The transitions went smoothly at first and due to my mom's needs and her...
Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Near the heart of historic Charleston, our building stands testament to a long standing tradition of Southern hospitality. Our friendly, dedicated and trained staff are here to assist you or loved ones with a warmth that conveys the trust and confidence you are seeking and deserve. We are...
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Provides: Assisted Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living, Nursing Homes
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Nursing Homes: Nursing homes provide short-and long-term care for seniors who have physical or mental health conditions that require 24-hour nursing and personal care.
Provides: Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Alterra Clare Bridge provides a comfortable, home-like setting with programs and services designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments. Alterra Clare Bridge offers private and companion suites in a comfortable neighborhood environment. Unique building...
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Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.

Our methodology

How we rank order the Charleston community options above

We developed a proprietary recommendation system that orders Charleston community options based on factors we know are important to seniors and their families:

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  • Availability of recent, high-quality reviews
  • The amount of detailed community information available

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14,000+ communities

We collect proprietary data from our network of 14,000+ senior living communities in the U.S., with regular refreshes of data and information

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We have 387,000+ reviews from senior living residents and family members that provide first-hand accounts about senior living communities

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Costs of memory care in the Charleston area

The average total cost for a memory care facility in Charleston is $4,242 a month.[01] This includes amenities, services, and specialized 24-hour assistance and care for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Below is a chart that displays the average costs of a memory facility without including any additional fees or add-ons.

Average monthly cost of Memory Care in Charleston, SC vs. nearby cities

Charleston, SC
$4,527/mo

Average monthly cost of Memory Care in Charleston, SC vs. the state and national average

Charleston, SC
$4,527/mo
U.S. national average
$4,783/mo

Average monthly cost of Memory Care in Charleston vs. other types of senior living

Memory Care
$4,527/mo

Median monthly costs of Memory Care in Charleston, SC by room type

Semi-Private
$4,525/mo
Studio
$5,217/mo
1 Bedroom
$4,702/mo
2 Bedroom
$5,933/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$4,900/mo

Average cost of Memory Care in Charleston over time

Charleston, SCSC stateNational

What families are saying about memory care in Charleston

Recent reviews for memory care in Charleston

Dayspring Assisted Living in Hollywood, SC

4.4
The caregivers at Dayspring were one of the reasons we chose this community. They are wonderful and very good with the residents. This is a smaller community so the ratio of caregivers to residents is higher. They could use a few more activities. The food is good and they keep the community ...
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Daysprings of Johns Island

4.9
Nice place where the owners are on site and know every residents names.

The Palms of Mt. Pleasant in Mount Pleasant, SC

4.1
We chose Palms of Mt. Pleasant because of their low staff to resident ratio and also the price was fabulous. I really like how small the facility is. They are willing to share any and all information, but I generally needed to be the one to reach out and ask for it unless it was an emergency. ...
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Charleston review score based on 149 family reviews

8.5
Review score27 facilities149 ReviewsWrite a review
This proprietary review score is based on 149 reviews of 27 Charleston memory care communities. All reviews were submitted in the past two years by verified community residents and family members.
The Charleston review score informs your search by letting you see at a glance how memory care residents and family members rate memory care in your area. Compare review scores in multiple locations to understand how overall satisfaction rates differ from city to city. Based on recent reviews, the maximum possible score is 10.Methodology: How we calculate our city review scores

Charleston review score compared against nearby cities

8.5
Charleston, SC27 facilities
8.5
James Island, SC23 facilities
8.4

Review subcategories for Charleston memory care

When memory care residents and family members submit a review on our site, they rate each community on categories such as cleanliness, activities, meals, and more. The chart below is based on 149 reviews of 27 Charleston memory care communities. This chart helps you compare Charleston resident and family memory care satisfaction rates against national averages. Use it to assess your needs and develop criteria for your own search. If you know that one of these categories is important to you or your loved one, our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities to match your needs.
Charleston, SC averageNational average
Cleanliness
4.3
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Friendliness
4.5
4.5
Care services
3.9
4.2
Staff
4.4
4.4
Meals & dining
3.9
4.0
Activities
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Value for cost*
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How people pay for memory care in Charleston

The ability to pay for memory care generally comes from private funds. But there are several private funding streams as well as public help that can be combined to cover a memory care stay for your loved one.

Below, we’ll discuss everything from private payment methods to VA benefits to Medicaid and Medicare.

Private pay methods

Private pay refers to any source of funds that can assist with covering the expenses of memory care, ranging from Social Security benefits to investment returns. Additionally, the following income streams can also be helpful:

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VA benefits
29573

Number of veterans who live in Charleston, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

About 20% of Charleston veterans are 75+

There are numerous veterans of retirement age in Charleston who could potentially receive assistance from the VA to help cover their expenses for memory care.

The VA Pension is an option that many veterans and their dependents may qualify for, as it provides financial support. Another program worth exploring is the Aid and Attendance benefit, which is specifically designed for veterans who require assistance with daily activities, suffer from impaired vision, are bedridden, or are residing in a nursing home. In addition to the monthly VA Pension, the Aid and Attendance benefit provides supplementary financial assistance. To apply for these programs, individuals can visit their regional VA office.

Navigating the intricacies of VA benefits can be challenging, which is why seeking guidance from trained veterans services officers is recommended. These officers can provide free assistance and can be easily located at veterans services organizations (VSOs) and VA offices. In South Carolina, the Veteran Coalition collaborates with VSOs, nonprofits, government officials, and other organizations to streamline the process of connecting veterans with available resources. To access this network of resources, the Combined Arms portal serves as an excellent starting point.

Resources for Charleston veterans

Local VA offices

The South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs
1800 St. Julian Place, Suite 305
Charleston, SC 29204
Phone: 803-734-4014
Email: va@scdva.sc.gov
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Charleston County Veterans Affairs Office
Veterans services officers: Anne S. Owen and Leslie D. Kemp
4045 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-874-6360
Email: vaoffice@charlestoncounty.org
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

VSOs

American Legion Post 241
Veterans services officer: Perry W. James, IV
3151 Rivers Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 803-351-0811

American Legion Post 179
1748 Ashley Hall Road
Charleston, SC 29414
Phone: 843-991-6308

VFW Post 445
1639 Camp Road
Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843-795-9419

VFW Post 5091
4257 Spruill Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-744-2089

Disabled American Veterans
VA Regional Office
6437 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209
Phone: 803-647-2422

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 780
520 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843-762-7546

Medicaid

Medicaid is a program intended to support low-income seniors who require assistance in paying for health care-related costs. Although Medicaid does not cover the expenses of residing in a memory care facility, it can certainly provide financial support for medical care necessary during the stay.

Seniors who qualify can get in-home health care and support at their memory care facility if it is considered medically needed. The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is how that coverage is provided. South Carolina offers the following waivers:

Need help applying for Medicaid?

There is no need to navigate the process of determining Medicaid eligibility alone in South Carolina, as various resources are available to assist you. These resources include:

  • South Carolina Healthy Connections website: This serves as an excellent starting point to obtain answers to your questions or complete an online application.
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman Program: The South Carolina Department on Aging operates this state program, and its ombudsman is available to respond to inquiries and assist in navigating the application process.
  • Eligibility Screening and Assessment Coordination Program: The Trident Area Agency on Aging manages this program, which assists individuals in determining if they meet the criteria for receiving support.
  • SC Thrive: This comprehensive service functions as a centralized hub, facilitating connections between individuals and various benefits and resources.
  • GetCareSC: The Department on Aging’s website is tailored to assist individuals in locating and connecting with resources within their local communities.

Those who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare may participate in Healthy Connections Prime, a program designed for individuals aged 65 and above with dual eligibility. The program’s ombudsman for Healthy Connections Prime can offer support and direction to those who qualify.

Charleston resident Medicaid resources

Eligibility and application assistance

Healthy Connections Local Eligibility Office
3685 Rivers Ave., Suite 102
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 888-549-0820
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 – noon

SC Thrive
Phone: 800-726-8774
Email: contact@scthrive.org

Trident Area Agency on Aging
5895 Core Road., Suite 419
North Charleston, SC 29406
Phone: 843-554-2275
Email: info@tridentaaa.org
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

SC Department on Aging Programs

South Carolina Department on Aging
1301 Gervais St., Suite 350
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 800-868-9095

Medicare

Medicare does not provide coverage for room and board in a memory care facility. Nevertheless, as a federal health insurance program for individuals aged 65 and above, it does cover medical expenses, regardless of their place of residence.

In South Carolina, another option for obtaining assistance is to apply for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) program, a Medicare Savings Program. If eligible, QMB offers assistance with Medicare premiums, deductibles, and copayments.

Do you want assistance with your Medicare application?

Medicare coverage is available to individuals aged 65 and above, but there is no need for your loved one to navigate the process on their own. The South Carolina State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is an excellent resource for anyone seeking guidance on how to apply for and understand Medicare, and it offers free counseling services. SHIP is administered by the South Carolina Department on Aging, and connecting with this program can also assist your loved one with enrolling in other programs for low-income seniors.

Additionally, the GetCareSC website is an excellent resource for obtaining support and answers to any inquiries you may have. You may apply for Medicare online or at your local Social Security Administration office.

If your loved one qualifies for both Medicare and Medicaid, they may be eligible for the Healthy Connections Prime program. This coordinated care program is only available in a limited number of states, and South Carolina happens to be one of them. If you need assistance navigating the program, the Health Connections Prime ombudsman can be a valuable resource.

Charleston resident Medicare resources

Apply for Medicare

Social Security Administration Office
1463 Tobias Gadson Blvd.
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: 800-772-1213
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

South Carolina Department on Aging
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
1301 Gervais St., Suite 350
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 800-868-9095

Understand South Carolina laws and regulations for memory care communities

Memory care facilities — also called Alzheimer’s special care units — in South Carolina are licensed as Community Residential Care Facilities (CRCF) by The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

These facilities must comply with South Carolina licensing regulations for CRCFs. The standards cover emergency preparedness to staff training to care expectations. Residents of memory care facilities have additional protection from the state’s Bill of Rights for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities.

Staff and specialized training

To operate, a memory care facility is required to have a licensed administrator. In terms of staffing, there are minimum ratios that must be followed. During peak hours, there must be at least one staff member for every eight residents, and during non-peak hours, the ratio is one staff member for every 30 residents. Moreover, there must be someone awake at all times to attend to everyone’s needs.

The staff members are also required to undergo training, which should cover various areas such as medication management, first aid, CPR, accident or injury response, and specialized training for residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

This specialized memory care training must take place at least once a year. The training must include information on how to communicate best with residents who have memory loss. It also must cover understanding and properly dealing with the behaviors that accompany a memory impairment, as well as appropriate activities for these residents and special safety measures.

Facility inspections and reporting

In Charleston, the Department of Health and Environmental Control is responsible for conducting unannounced annual inspections of long-term care facilities. These inspections are mandatory as part of South Carolina’s licensing requirements, and they serve to ensure that these facilities comply with all regulations.

If you’re interested in accessing the DHEC’s inspection reports, you can search for them online or contact the DHEC directly.

South Carolina Department of Health contact information

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
2600 Bull St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 855-472-3432
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Charleston memory care communities

There are no COVID-19 mandates in place for memory care facilities in Charleston. However, the city has established guidelines that serve as best practices for these facilities to follow. You can find the latest coronavirus updates from the city at this link.

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Vaccinations. Charleston agrees with the CDC guidelines and recommends vaccinations.

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Masking. While masks are not required, they are recommended.

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Facility cleanliness. Areas that see a lot of traffic should be cleaned and sanitized regularly.

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Social distancing. It’s advisable to avoid contact with individuals who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

Types of memory care in Charleston

A Place for Mom partners with three standalone memory care communities in Charleston. The rest of our partner memory care facilities are located within assisted living facilities. Four of our partner facilities also offer independent living along with assisted living and memory care options.

Safety is No. 1

In our partner memory care facilities, the safety of your loved one is the top priority. Someone on staff will be awake 24/7 to provide your loved one with assistance whenever needed. Nearly all of our partner facilities have staff members trained to gently calm the anxieties of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia by redirecting them, providing disorientation care, and watching out for exit-seeking behaviors.

Southern charm and great amenities

Your loved one will be surrounded by lush landscaping and caring people in our partner memory care facilities. They’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Charleston weather in safe and secure surroundings since 82% of our partners have enclosed courtyards. Some facilities even provide a sensory spa that helps calm the anxieties of residents with memory loss. Your loved one can even enjoy global adventures through virtual reality at some facilities. In real life, they can enjoy supervised outings to nearby parks.

Charleston memory care services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Charleston memory care communities. They don’t represent all possible services and amenities available at assisted living communities in Charleston, but support comparisons against nationwide offerings. Our Senior Living Advisors can help you find communities that fit your preferences.

Availability of select care services in Charleston memory care

Memory care communities offer a variety of care services and visiting health care providers to meet seniors’ health needs. The chart below shows the percentage of memory care partners in Charleston that offer these care services compared to the percentage of partners that offer them nationally.
Charleston, SCNational
Full medication management
Full medication management
59.3%
65.1%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
40.7%
47.9%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
96.3%
82.5%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
100%
99%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
59.3%
71.7%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
33.3%
28.3%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
96.3%
89.6%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
59.3%
61.5%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
51.9%
72.4%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%
*Including nurse, dentist, OT, PT, speech or podiatrist

Availability of select dementia care services in Charleston memory care

Our community partners provide many services to keep residents with dementia or other memory concerns safe and engaged. Below, take a look at what percentage of Charleston Memory Care partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
Charleston, SCNational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
55.6%
73.9%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
37%
45.7%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
55.6%
70.1%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
18.5%
26.1%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Charleston memory care

Memory care communities help seniors maintain a balanced diet by accommodating their health needs, allergies, and other restrictions. Below you’ll find the percentage of Charleston partners making specific dietary accommodations for seniors compared to the percentage of assisted living partners making those accommodations nationally.
Charleston, SCNational
Nutritionist / dietician
Nutritionist / dietician
29.6%
27.3%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
44.4%
43.8%
No sugar
No sugar
40.7%
41%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
37%
49.5%
Pureed meals
Pureed meals
14.8%
16%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in Charleston memory care

Our memory care communities know that seniors want top-quality meals and options for how they dine. The chart below indicates the percentage of Charleston communities that offer dining options to their discerning residents compared to our partners nationally.
Charleston, SCNational
Professional chef
Professional chef
37%
31.4%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
51.9%
39.2%
Room service
Room service
37%
36.2%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
22.2%
22.5%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Charleston memory care

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered memory care communities in Charleston offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Charleston, SCNational
Activity director
Activity director
59.3%
45.2%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
48.1%
33.1%
Community service programs
Community service programs
37%
27.8%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
51.9%
54.1%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
55.6%
51.1%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
55.6%
60.7%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
51.9%
39%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
44.4%
34.2%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
48.1%
35.7%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
55.6%
46.8%
Live performances
Live performances
55.6%
47.2%
Dances
Dances
44.4%
30.4%
Fitness center
Fitness center
22.2%
21.5%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
55.6%
45.9%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

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72,706

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Charleston

18%
Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Charleston population
$50,969

Median annual income for Charleston seniors 65 and older

Health care for seniors in Charleston

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Medical University of South Carolina Health

The Medical University of South Carolina is the state’s only comprehensive academic health system. It’s also been lauded by U.S. News & World Report in 22 different types of care.

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Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Roper is the area’s only private not-for-profit health care system. It’s also Rated as high performing in 12 procedures and conditions by U.S. News & World Report, Roper’s mission is to heal all people with compassion, faith, and excellence.

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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

This is the main campus for veteran health care in Charleston. It offers care in a variety of areas, including orthopedics, mental health, neurosurgery, cardiology, and more.

Transportation for seniors in Charleston

If your loved one is in memory care, it isn’t advisable for them to get out and about on their own. Fortunately, 73% of our partner memory care facilities provide free supervised transportation, while 27% provide it for a fee.

Charleston has a special partnership with Uber that provides 55+ seniors with $4 rides in this specific service area. The service is called CARTA OnDemand and personal care attendants can ride along for free. They must be approved in advance through the application process for the Tel-A-Ride paratransit program; the same application process applies to your loved one.

If you are taking your loved one out and about, you can also use the Charleston Black Cab Company or the Charleston Cab Company or A Golden Ride, which is a senior-specific option.

Senior activities in Charleston

Engaging in meaningful activities can be beneficial for people with memory loss, as it can help improve their mood, cognition, and overall well-being. In Charleston, there are various activities that may be suitable for your loved one depending on their interests and abilities.

Visiting historical sites and museums, such as the Charleston Museum or the Historic Charleston Foundation, which offer interactive exhibits and programs that showcase the city’s rich history can make for a nice outing.

The Charleston City Market could be a fun stop to get a treat, check out some art or even watch locals weave the area’s famous sweetgrass baskets.

Strolling with your loved one at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is sure to be relaxing. With more than 400 acres of beautiful gardens, this Southern plantation can be toured on foot, by boat, or on a train. While the train and the boat are both accessible, the guided house tour has a lot of stairs making it less accessible than other areas.

Charleston’s Waterfront Park is another gorgeous place to enjoy the natural beauty of the coastal city. The park has an abundance of benches and shade for frequent breaks. Another wonderful place to take in the coastal views is Folly Beach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ashley Gardens Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care, Somerby of Mount Pleasant and The Palms of Mt. Pleasant are the top-rated Memory Care facilities near Charleston, SC. These Memory Care facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Memory Care in Charleston is $4,527 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

The 28 memory care facilities near you in Charleston, South Carolina typically provide housing, therapies, and care tailored to those who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. To find memory care in Charleston, South Carolina, browse our detailed listings showing photos, floor plans, amenities, activities, and reviews from real families.

Browse A Place for Mom’s listings for memory care in Charleston, South Carolina, to take a virtual tour. Our local senior living experts can arrange for a live tour of these communities as well.

The cost of memory care facilities in Charleston, South Carolina ranges from $2300 to $9395. The average Memory Care cost in Charleston, South Carolina is $4,527. Prices often vary based on care provided, amenities, unit size, and more. 

The cost of memory care in Charleston, South Carolina typically starts at $2300. A Place for Mom’s local, expert senior living advisors can help you find affordable memory care facilities near you and offer advice on how to lower costs and pay for care with VA benefits or public payment options.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. U.S. News & World Report. (2023). MUSC Health University Medical Center.

  3. U.S. News & World Report. (2023). Roper Hospital.

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A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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U.S. News & World Report. (2023). MUSC Health University Medical Center.

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U.S. News & World Report. (2023). Roper Hospital.