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.
The median monthly cost of a care home in South Carolina is about $2,500. However, the cost of living in care homes depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes 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, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
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.