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Assisted Living in South Carolina

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OVERALL STATE RANK

Overview of assisted living in South Carolina

Assisted living communities in South Carolina offer active retirees a safe, communal, and social setting as they age. The average cost of assisted living in South Carolina is around $4,300 a month, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.[01]. The national average cost of assisted living is just over $5,100 a month, making South Carolina a relatively affordable choice for seniors seeking assisted living. From beachside residences to communities nestled in historic cities, there are plenty of assisted living options available to South Carolina seniors.
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Assisted living state rankings report

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Overall state ranking out of 50

State scorecard

How we determine rankings

Our 2023 state ranking for assisted living uses A Place for Mom’s proprietary data collected from our community partners. First, we sorted through our metrics and grouped them into three pillars that are key in a quality assisted living experience. We weighted these pillars differently based on insights from our senior living experts. Then, we used these categories and their weighting to determine how each state ranks.

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Top ranked South Carolina cities for assisted living overall

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in South Carolina

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Ashley Square

526 Haltiwanger Rd., Greenwood, SC 29649
10
Review Score
39 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Joni - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. They treat me and my parents like family, even though my mom can be very difficult at times. They are also very helpful when home healthcare or physical...

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Langston Square

939 Springdale Drive, Clinton, SC 29325
10
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45 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Lisa F. - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Love having my mom here! They offer everything to make her feel at home and keep her safe. Nice size rooms and plenty of space to gather with other residents. Nice courtyard for her to enjoy during warm...

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The Colonial at Old Camden

209 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020
9.9
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39 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Annette A - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

All a 5 especially since they've gotten a new chef. The residents need more fresh fruit and vegetables. Sometimes the entrée is difficult for them to carve themselves. They like soups and stews - not ever...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Spartanburg

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TerraBella Spartanburg

104 Dillon Dr, Spartanburg, SC 29307
8.9
Review Score
47 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The only reason the overall experience got a 4 star rating is due to the small room size and my loved ones recliner will not fit. We chose this facility because of the price as well as the location. Staff...

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Eden Terrace of Spartanburg

2780 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29307
8.5
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10 reviews
C. Linder - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

This is a great facility! Eden Terrace staff is friendly and very caring, very responsive to the needs of their residents. It is a friendly and well cared for facility. I would definitely recommend!

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The Springs at Simpsonville

214 East Curtis Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681
9.5
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14 reviews
Bob - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff is very friendly and they work well together to cover for one another when needed. The housekeeping is very good - trash is emptied twice a day, room is always clean. It took a little work to get...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Greenville

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Oaks at Chanticleer

355 Berkmans Ln, Greenville, SC 29605
9.3
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65 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Thomas B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My sister and I toured so many facilities before we found the oaks at Chanticleer. We chose them because of how much space they had! My mom is a heavy wanderer and most of the memory cares we toured were...

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The Parker

12 Boyce Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601
8.7
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47 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

All 5 stars! The main reason we initially chose The Parker was because of the location. [name removed] and [name removed] are key employees who are so kind and helpful!

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The Legacy at Southpointe Drive

23 Southpointe Drive, Greenville, SC 29607
8.6
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53 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

They do care about their residents as if they were their own family in my opinion, And I am very thankful to have found this place for my Mom! The staff is extremely friendly and very personal. The...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Columbia

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Fairforest Grove Senior Living

120 Fairforest Rd, Columbia, SC 29212
9.8
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55 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Deborah W - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

After over a year I am still very happy with the care for my mother at FairForest. Mother wanted to be in Columbia, SC near her sister. This is too far away for me to be involved in Mothers care so I needed...

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Atria Forest Lake

4405 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 29206
9.7
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74 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
LS - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

People were really good to mama ..Clean with lots to do. Just didnt like paying for services not provided. Mama had a broken arm. So help would have been good.

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Merrill Gardens at Columbia

2205 Gregg St, Columbia, SC 29201
9.5
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31 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Mary S - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I had a great experience with Merrill Gardens before my dad decided to move he was in two places that weren’t mentally healthy or social. He loved the atmosphere and people off the bat. There are still many...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Bluffton

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Pines at Bluffton

800 Fording Island Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910
8.6
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29 reviews
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

This community is a cute little place. A smaller community, great location, beautiful front porch. It's just breathtaking. My loved one feels so comfortable here. The staff are nice, pleasant, communicative,...

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Bloom at Belfair

60 Oak Forest Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
8.4
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102 reviews
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Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Bloom is good. [name removed] has settled in nicely and I think the employees do the best they can. I am glad he's there, safe and secure.

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Vineyard Bluffton

25 Cassidy Dr, Bluffton, SC 29910
8.0
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3 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

I can only review the facility in 2021. My mother-in-law was there from [date removed]-[date removed], the date of her passing. They used to have classes on dementia, aging, etc for families. And it was a...

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Cost of assisted living in South Carolina

The average cost of assisted living in South Carolina is $4,300 a month, or $51,600 a year, according to A Place for Mom’s most recent internal data from our network of partner communities.[01]

While assisted living costs are inexpensive across the board in South Carolina, they do vary significantly, ranging from about $2,900 to $5,700, depending on a community’s pricing structure, available amenities, and location. Luxury communities, and those in larger cities, often cost more than small, homelike communities or those in rural areas.

The prices listed above are comprehensive totals. They cover a senior’s care needs, nutritious meals and housekeeping services to assistance with activities of daily living, like dressing and bathing. Transportation, medication management services, and scheduled social events are also included in these costs.

Eligible South Carolina seniors may qualify for Medicaid, Medicare, or other public pay benefits to help cover the costs of assisted living.

Compare costs of South Carolina vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

South Carolina

$4,086/mo

US National average

$4,536/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

South Carolina

$4,086/mo

Georgia

$3,592/mo

Virginia

$5,172/mo

West Virginia

$4,467/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in South Carolina vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

South Carolina

$4,086/mo

Columbia, SC

$3,833/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in South Carolina

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in South Carolina

Determining your family’s budget and understanding the financial resources available to your loved one is a good first step to take when seeking assisted living. Your family may be able to access a variety of benefits to help cover South Carolina assisted living costs — even more so if you plan ahead. Below, we’ll explore a variety of public and private payment options available to South Carolina seniors. For further details about how families pay for senior care, explore our complete guide to paying for long-term care.

Private pay resources, like pensions, retirement accounts, and assets, generally cover the majority of assisted living costs.

Selling a house

If your loved one owns a home, they may consider selling it to pay for assisted living expenses in South Carolina.

Reverse mortgage

Equity from a reverse mortgage can free up funds for assisted living in South Carolina.

Health savings accounts (HSAs)

Health savings accounts may cover the cost of some medically necessary services and supplies in an assisted living community in South Carolina.

Life insurance

Selling or surrendering a life insurance policy can help cover the cost of assisted living in South Carolina.

Social Security benefits for assisted living

Social Security benefits can help offset assisted living costs for South Carolina seniors.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in South Carolina

The Board of Health and Environmental Control, Division of Health Licensing is responsible for licensing assisted living communities — also called community residential care facilities — in South Carolina. These communities are designed to provide personal care and room and board to two or more seniors who are unrelated to the facility owner. They support residents’ needs and preferences while maximizing independence and autonomy.[02]

Resident and community requirements in South Carolina

There are several requirements the state monitors when licensing assisted living communities. They include:[02]

Resident admission policies. Communities are designed to be able to manage resident care needs, so seniors requiring high-level continuous care can’t be admitted. This includes people with unstable medical conditions, those who require tube feeding, and those who require “sterile care,” such as Tracheostomy care, sterile wound redressing, or catheter care.

Medication management policies. Medications can be self-administered with written notice from a physician. Trained staff members can administer prescription medications, but can only assist with injections related to diabetes or anaphylactic shock.

Service planning. Residents must be assessed by a member of the direct care staff within 72 hours of move-in, at which point the facility will determine if they’re adequately able to address the resident’s care needs and will compose an individualized care plan.

Staffing requirements for South Carolina assisted living facilities

All assisted living facilities in South Carolina must employ the following staff members:[03]

  • A board-licensed administrator, who’s responsible for facility functions.
  • A recreational program staff member, who’s in charge of coordinating recreational activities and securing activity supplies for residents.
  • At least one trained staff member who’s actively on duty and awake at any time residents are present.

Communities licensed to provide care to Medicaid-eligible residents must also establish a contract with a licensed nurse who visits at least one day a week to develop and monitor care plans for residents enrolled in the Medicaid State Plan.

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Understanding South Carolina’s system of regulation and records

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and we compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to South Carolina assisted living records: Basic

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of South Carolina is exceptional. Here are some key findings that informed this rating:

  • South Carolina was marked down somewhat in our rankings because it does not provide a searchable database of licensed assisted living communities.
  • South Carolina only requires mandatory inspections of assisted living communities every two years.

How to look up South Carolina assisted living licenses and records

  • South Carolina also maintains a second website with sanctions information and a third website with inspections reports.
  • You can compare the status of nursing homes in your area by using Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare tool.

How we arrived at our South Carolina rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and we based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? No
4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? No
5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently (within 90 days)? No
6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? No
7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations and inspections searchable at all? Yes
8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
9. Is capacity shown? Yes
10. Are payment types shown (e.g., Medicaid, private pay)? No
11. Is the administrator/contact name shown? Yes
12. Can the state fine a facility? Yes
13. What is the frequency of inspections? Every 24 months
14. Does the website include pricing of facilities? No

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom Proprietary Data.

  2. South Carolina  Community Residential Care Facilities Committee. (2013, January 4). Assisted living and community residential care facilities, A practical guide for consumers.

Top cities in South Carolina for assisted living

8.7
Myrtle Beach, SC
9 facilities
8.4
Charleston, SC
27 facilities
8.1
Greenville, SC
32 facilities
7.7
Columbia, SC
24 facilities
7.2
Spartanburg, SC
15 facilities
6.2
Bluffton, SC
10 facilities

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