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As a historic port city, Charleston beautifully blends history, culture, and Southern charm. The cobblestone streets, waterfront views, and famous landmarks give Charleston a depth of offerings to its residents.

If you or your loved one is looking for a nursing home, assisted living, or memory care in Charleston, there are plenty of options to fit the bill. While nursing homes provide 24-hour skilled nursing care, the term is also used by many to describe assisted living and memory care communities. If you or your loved one needs daily assistance but not actual round-the-clock medical care, an assisted living or memory care facility might be the best option.

In this guide, we’ll introduce you to our 13 assisted living and memory care partner facilities in Charleston. They’re all within a 10-mile radius of the city center, which includes North Charleston, Folly Beach, and Mount Pleasant. We’ll also cover how to fund this type of care, the laws and regulations that govern it, and other specifics to the area — like health care and transportation options.

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Photo of Ashley Gardens Transitional Assisted Living and Memory Care
99 Photos available
11 Floor plan available
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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
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The Oaks at Charleston is a wonderful place. The staff is always friendly and willing to assist my mom when needed! They are ALWAYS doing things for the residents. Whether it be weekly outings or indoor...
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
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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
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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
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My loved one is currently a resident at Benton House of West Ashley and the overall experience has been great. The staff is great and so is the value for cost. I would recommend Benton House of West Ashley...
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
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I am currently a resident at The Palms of Mt. Pleasant and it has been a good experience overall. I'm here because of the indoor pool aerobics. This is an older facility and it hasn't been kept up very well....
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
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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 Oaks at Mt. Pleasant
1111 Photos available
33 Floor plans available
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Speak frequently with staff. They only want what's best. Really share about your loved one. Remember that they need the knowledge to be the best for your LO. And like any facility-visiting frequently lets...
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 Mount Pleasant Gardens Alzheimer's Special Care Center
1111 Photos available
33 Floor plans available
8.4
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When it comes to the meals, the food should be a lot better and the quality of the staffing has been an issues. However, the nurses and management team at Mount Pleasant Gardens are great.
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 Wellmore of Daniel Island
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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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Photo of Shem Creek Health Center at South Bay
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My father was previously a resident at Shem Creek Health Center at South Bay and everything about his experience at this facility was great. They took excellent care of my daddy for the few months that he...
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 The Palmettos of Charleston
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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 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
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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.
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
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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
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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.
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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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 Oaks at Daniel Island
1818 Photos available
55 Floor plans available
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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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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
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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.
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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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The stay has been very good so far at Riverside. He is happy with his therapy services. He is using it and making progress! They are all friendly! Has had some really good nurses! Every time I go there the...
Provides: Nursing Homes
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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.
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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
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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.
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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My mom was here after she fell and fractured her hip. I thought they were very good. I was satisfied. They were more conscious - they put pads around the bed like what you would use if you were doing...
Provides: Nursing Homes
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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.
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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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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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What families are saying about nursing homes in Charleston

Recent reviews for nursing homes 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.

Oaks at Mt. Pleasant in Mount Pleasant, SC

4.4
All facilities need to see family involvement. I would tell others to speak up kindly when you're concerned. Advocacy is important anywhere. I do think they could improve on the food. They could provide more choices for the residents, offer condiments for certain meals, and add in more ...
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Costs of nursing homes in the Charleston area

The monthly median cost for a semi-private room in a Charleston nursing home is $7,513, and $8,152 for a private room.[01] These facilities provide 24/7 skilled nursing care for people who have medical conditions that require that level of constant care, much like the care one would receive in a hospital.

The average total monthly cost for a Charleston assisted living facility is $4,283, while a memory care facility in Charleston is $4,242 a month.[02] This figure is a total that includes amenities, services, and  — for memory care residents — specialized 24/7 care for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Charleston, SC vs. nearby cities

Charleston, SC
$4,518/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Charleston, SC vs. the state and national average

Charleston, SC
$4,518/mo
U.S. national average
$4,889/mo

Average monthly cost of Nursing Homes in Charleston vs. other types of senior living

$4,518/mo
Nursing Homes
$4,518/mo

Median monthly costs of Nursing Homes 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 Nursing Homes in Charleston over time

Charleston, SCSC stateNational

How people pay for nursing homes in Charleston

Paying for a nursing home or an assisted living or memory care facility often comes from private funds. However, there are public programs that can help, as well as private funding streams you might not be considering.

In the tabs below, we’ll discuss private pay methods, VA benefits, Medicaid, and Medicare and how each of those might help.

Private pay methods

Private pay pertains to various financial sources that can aid in the payment of nursing homes, assisted living, or memory care costs, which may include Social Security benefits and investment returns. Other sources of income that may prove beneficial are:

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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+

If you or your loved one is a veteran looking for care in a senior living facility, you’re not alone. With nearly 6,000 Charleston veterans over the age of 75, it’s likely you are in good company.

The first thing to consider is that they might be benefits available to you as a veteran that you weren’t even aware of. So whether you think you are eligible for a VA benefit or not, it’s worth asking about. For example, the VA Pension provides monthly financial support for both veterans and their spouses. Another benefit worth asking about is the Aid and Attendance benefit. This adds additional money on top of the Pension for vets who need help with day-to-day activities, have serious vision issues, are bedfast most of the time, or live in a nursing home.

The VA regional office is the place to apply and inquire about eligibility. However, the process can be hard to follow, so getting help from a veterans services officer is a good idea. They can walk you through the process and explain what it takes to qualify. Veterans services organizations (VSOs) are great places to find these helpful guides. South Carolina also has a Veteran Coalition that acts as a one-stop shop so you can access all the resources you need from there. Start by putting your information into the Combined Arms portal. From there, you’ll be connected to the right resources within 72 hours.

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

Healthy Connections, South Carolina’s Medicaid doesn’t pay for room and board costs in assisted living or memory care facilities, but it will in nursing homes. But those who live in assisted living or memory care facilities can get medical costs paid for through Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers if they qualify. Specifically, the Community Choices waiver allows for skilled nursing and personal care and to be administered by approved providers.

If you or your loved one is in need of nursing home type care, the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) helps seniors who are at least 55 years old access services in other community settings to avoid nursing home placement.

Applying for Medicaid and waivers

You can apply for Medicaid online or by contacting the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. You or your loved one can apply for the HCBS waiver online, too. The Trident Area Agency on Aging manages the Eligibility Screening and Assessment Coordination Program to help people determine eligibility for Medicaid. Another place to connect to helpful resources is through SC Thrive or GetCareSC. Finally, the South Carolina Department on Aging’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program can help answer questions and guide you as well.

The dual program

South Carolina offers a coordinated care program for people who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare. This program is called Healthy Connections Prime. The South Carolina Department on Aging’s ombudsman can help anyone dually eligible understand and manage this program.

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 is a federal health insurance program designed for people aged 65 and over. It does not cover custodial care, including room and board in long-term senior care facilities. However, if it is medically necessary for you or your loved one to have skilled nursing care, then Medicare Part A will provide coverage on a limited basis.

Another way to save is through a Medicare Savings Program. In South Carolina, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) program helps reduce Medicare premiums, deductibles, and copayments — and in some cases, cover them entirely. The Extra Help program helps with prescription drug expenses.

Plenty of help is available to understand and apply for Medicare

The Social Security Administration office is where you go to apply for Medicare in person, but it can certainly be done online. But you don’t have to start there. The South Carolina State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) exists to give you free counseling services to understand everything about Medicare and how to apply. You can also check out the GetCareSC website for plenty of information.

If you or your loved one has dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid, the Health Connections Prime ombudsman can help. Coordinated care is available for qualified seniors through the Healthy Connections Prime program.

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 nursing homes

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) licenses Charleston nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and memory care facilities (also called Alzheimer’s special care units). Both assisted living and memory care facilities in South Carolina are licensed as Community Residential Care Facilities (CRCF).

All of these facilities have state regulations that govern them and are subject to regular inspections. Additionally, nursing homes are subject to federal regulations if they receive funds from Medicare or Medicaid.

Assisted living facilities and memory care facilities have to follow the South Carolina licensing regulations for CRCFs. These cover staffing requirements and training, emergency procedures, as well as the care expected to be provided for residents, including food service guidelines.

Residents of nursing homes, assisted living, and memory care facilities are also protected by the South Carolina Bill of Rights for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities. Staff at all these facilities also receive training in upholding those rights and ensuring the dignity of residents.

Additional standards for nursing homes

Nursing homes are subject to more rigorous staffing regulations compared to assisted living or memory care facilities because they are required to have medical personnel. A medical director who is a licensed physician is mandated to oversee the medical care within the facility. Additionally, specific guidelines dictate the minimum number of licensed nurses required to be present on staff.

Additional standards for memory care

Staff members in memory care facilities must receive specialized training to understand how to properly provide care for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia. This specialized training should occur annually and should encompass effective communication with residents who have memory loss, understanding and management of behaviors associated with memory impairment, appropriate activities for residents, and safety measures specific to those with memory loss.

Facility inspections and reporting

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in Charleston conducts unannounced annual inspections of long-term care facilities to ensure compliance with South Carolina’s licensing requirements. These inspections are mandatory and essential to ensure that regulations are followed. If interested, you can access the DHEC’s inspection reports either online or by contacting 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 nursing homes

The city of Charleston provides COVID-19 prevention guidelines, but it doesn’t have any mandates. The city posts the latest coronavirus updates here.

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Vaccinations. The Department of Health and Environmental Control in South Carolina highly recommends vaccinations and boosters.

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Masking. While masks are not required, they are recommended in public settings.

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Facility cleanliness. Regular sanitization is expected in long-term care facilities.

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Social distancing. Increasing the space and distance between you and others is recommended by the CDC.

Types of nursing homes in Charleston

While we don’t partner with any nursing homes, A Place for Mom does partner with 13 assisted living and memory care facilities in Charleston. Two of those are standalone assisted living facilities, while three are standalone memory care facilities. Eight facilities offer both assisted living and memory care on one campus — half of those also have independent living as an option.

Assisted living in Southern style

You or your loved one can expect a home-like environment awash with Southern charm and beauty. Chores like laundry and housekeeping are taken care of, while staff members are always on hand to give extra help with daily activities like getting dressed or moving around. Socialization opportunities abound, from planned outings to the Charleston Market or hanging out with friends in the movie room. Happy hours, live music, bingo games, and holiday parties are just a few of the ways you or your loved one can enjoy a relaxing lifestyle.

Specialized care for those with memory impairments

A calm and safe environment is the top priority for residents of memory care facilities. With nearly all of our partners offering enclosed courtyards, residents can securely enjoy the beautiful Charleston weather and outdoor activities. Staff members will be on hand at all hours of the day and night to calm anxieties and care for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia who become disoriented.

Charleston nursing homes services and amenities

These charts highlight some of the many care, dining, and entertainment offerings available in Charleston nursing homes 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 nursing homes

Nursing homes communities offer a variety of care services and visiting health care providers to meet seniors’ health needs. The chart below shows the percentage of nursing homes 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
51.6%
2.4%
Doctor on call
Doctor on call
35.5%
9.5%
24-Hour awake staff
24-Hour awake staff
83.9%
26%
Diabetic care
Diabetic care
87.1%
26.6%
*Visiting health care professionals
*Visiting health care professionals
51.6%
9.8%
Home care agency on-site
Home care agency on-site
29%
0.8%
Non-ambulatory care
Non-ambulatory care
83.9%
22.8%
Respite or short term stays
Respite or short term stays
51.6%
7%
Hospice available on-site
Hospice available on-site
45.2%
17.3%
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 nursing homes

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 Nursing Homes partners offer the selected dementia care services compared to the percentage of partners nationally.
Charleston, SCNational
Dementia behaviors care
Dementia behaviors care
48.4%
3.8%
Specialized memory care training for staff
Specialized memory care training for staff
32.3%
0.2%
Secured community and/or wander guard
Secured community and/or wander guard
48.4%
5.4%
Memory care only community
Memory care only community
16.1%
1.2%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dietary accommodations in Charleston nursing homes

Nursing homes 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
25.8%
0.5%
Low / no sodium
Low / no sodium
38.7%
1.4%
No sugar
No sugar
35.5%
1.4%
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
32.3%
3.5%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select dining options in Charleston nursing homes

Our nursing homes 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
32.3%
0.2%
Restaurant style dining
Restaurant style dining
45.2%
0.5%
Room service
Room service
32.3%
0.4%
Anytime dining
Anytime dining
19.4%
0.7%
0.0%20.0%40.0%60.0%80.0%100%

Availability of select programs and activities in Charleston nursing homes

Senior living communities offer a variety of programming to keep seniors socially, mentally, and physically vibrant. The chart below shows what percentage of partnered nursing homes communities in Charleston offer the selected activities, amenities, and programs compared to the percentage of partners nationwide.
Charleston, SCNational
Activity director
Activity director
51.6%
0.4%
Pet-focused programs
Pet-focused programs
41.9%
0.2%
Community service programs
Community service programs
32.3%
0.3%
Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities on-site
45.2%
6.4%
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
Parties / BBQs / happy hour
48.4%
0.4%
Outings / off-site activities
Outings / off-site activities
48.4%
6.5%
Piano or organ
Piano or organ
45.2%
0.4%
Arts and crafts center
Arts and crafts center
38.7%
0.2%
Educational speakers / life long learning
Educational speakers / life long learning
41.9%
0.3%
Clubs / games / karaoke
Clubs / games / karaoke
48.4%
0.4%
Live performances
Live performances
48.4%
0.4%
Dances
Dances
38.7%
0.2%
Fitness center
Fitness center
19.4%
0.3%
Fitness classes
Fitness classes
48.4%
0.4%
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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The Medical University of South Carolina is South Carolina’s only comprehensive academic health system and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in 22 different types of care.

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Roper St. Francis Healthcare

As the sole private not-for-profit health care system in the area, Roper is dedicated to healing all individuals with compassion, faith, and excellence. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Roper as a high performer in 12 procedures and conditions.

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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

The main campus for veteran health care in Charleston provides care across a broad range of areas, including but not limited to orthopedics, mental health, substance abuse, neurosurgery, and cardiology.

Transportation for seniors in Charleston

If you or your loved one lives at an assisted living or memory care facility, getting to and from appointments and running errands won’t be too much of a chore. Transportation is provided for free at 77% of our partner facilities, and 23% offer transportation at cost. Those with memory loss will need to travel with a caregiver.

Charleston has a special collaboration with Uber, offering 55+ seniors $4 rides within a designated service area through CARTA OnDemand. Personal care attendants are permitted to ride along for free but must be approved in advance through the application process for the Tel-A-Ride paratransit program. A similar application process applies to your loved one.

In addition, seniors can opt for other transportation options such as the Charleston Black Cab Company, the Charleston Cab Company, or the senior-specific option called A Golden Ride when going out and about.

Senior activities in Charleston

Exploring 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 great outing.

For a sweet treat or to check out local art and crafts, a visit to the Charleston City Market could be a fun stop. Watching the locals weave the famous sweetgrass baskets is also a unique experience.

If a relaxing stroll is preferred, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, with over 400 acres of beautiful gardens, offers tours on foot, by boat, or on a train. While the train and boat are both accessible, the guided house tour has several staircases, making it less accessible than other areas.

Charleston’s Waterfront Park is another beautiful spot to enjoy the natural coastal scenery, with numerous benches and shaded areas for rest breaks. Folly Beach is also a wonderful place to take in the coastal views.

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 Nursing Homes facilities near Charleston, SC. These Nursing Homes facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Nursing Homes in Charleston is $4,518 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. Genworth Financial. (2021). Cost of Care Survey.

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

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

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

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Genworth Financial. (2021). Cost of Care Survey.

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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.