South Carolina’s senior population comprises 17.2% of the general population, as such, the state has enacted quite a few programs aimed at making the lives of seniors easier. For example, the state retrains and finds employment for seniors through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). South Carolina’s expansive, ever-changing topography includes beaches and mountains, small hamlets and big cities, and major tourist destinations like Hilton Head Island and Myrtle Beach, all of which are sure to appeal to anyone considering retirement.
Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in South Carolina
The decision to choose an Assisted Living Facility whether for oneself or a loved one can be daunting and time-consuming. Our directory of facilities located in South Carolina is comprehensive, convenient and makes the process easier. Use the tools below to locate the right amenities, services, pricing and more.
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Paying For Assisted Living in South Carolina
Cost of Assisted Living in South Carolina
The monthly median cost of assisted living in the state of South Carolina is $3,500 which is significantly less than the national average. Compared to nearby states, South Carolina is a bit cheaper than North Carolina – about $200 less a month, on average, and it’s somewhat more expensive than Georgia which averages $3,100 a month.
South Carolina is a diverse state of mountains, beaches, small hamlets and large cities, and the price of the assisted living facility will often reflect that. Myrtle Beach, a very popular year-round vacation destination, has the highest monthly cost of $4,526 in the state. By contrast, the small town of Spartanburg with a population of under 38,000 only averages $2,310 per month.
Median costs for assisted living in South Carolina are lower than those associated with other types of care with the exception of independent living, and both are significantly lower than a semi-private room in a nursing care facility.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in South Carolina
Optional State Supplementation Program
The Optional State Supplementation program (OSS) is available to seniors that reside in an assisted living facility and have been determined to have a monetary need. OSS pays for room and board as well as meals, while also providing a monthly stipend that residents may use to purchase whatever other small items they wish. Individuals enrolled in OSS are also automatically enrolled in Healthy Connections, the state’s Medicaid program.
Who Is Eligible?
The program is for adults aged 65 and older who meet all the criteria for Social Security Insurance except for income. Participants will need to have an income of less than $1,435 per month and have no resources in excess of $2000 to be eligible to participate in OSS.
How to Apply
Those wishing to apply may do so on the state’s Healthy Connections website, Healthcare.gov or by calling (888) 549-0820 to find their nearest county Department of Health and Human Services office and applying in person.
Healthy Connections, South Carolina’s Medicaid program, does not pay for room and board at assisted living facilities but will pay for eligible medical expenses as well as personal care services and transportation to and from appointments. The state has a monthly income cap of $1,012 for those aged 65 and older.
The most convenient way to apply for Medicaid is through the South Carolina Healthy Choices website. There you can check eligibility and find local resources such as a local department of health services office where an application may be submitted in person. Applications and help with applications may also be found through South Carolina Thrive, a state run health and wellness initiative. To get help from Thrive, please call (800) 726-8774 or visit the website.
All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
The Program of All-Inclusive Health for the Elderly (PACE), will cover medical care and activities and services that are intended to enhance the day to day lives of seniors through personal care tasks such as bathing, eating and dressing. Applicants will need to live in one of the 6 counties where the program is available.
Like Medicaid, PACE will not cover the cost of meals or rent for an assisted living facility. In South Carolina PACE is available in the counties of, Anderson, Columbia, Greenville, Orangeburg, Pickens, and Richland.
In Columbia, PACE is available only through Palmetto Senior Care and their facilities, please call (803) 931-8175 to find the PACE facility near you in Columbia. PACE is available only through The Oaks, a system of retirement communities, in Orangeburg. Although available countywide in Greenville and Richland counties, some Pickens and Anderson County residents will find that their zip codes are excluded. To ascertain if your zip is eligible, please visit the website or call (864) 522-1950.
Who Is Eligible?
PACE is open to adults 55 years and older that live in one of its 6 county service areas. Financial eligibility requirements mirror those of the state’s Medicaid requirements.
How to Apply
For more information on PACE in your county or to get help with applying, you can visit the National Pace Association website.
More Ways to Finance Assisted Living
Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:
- Veterans Benefits: Veterans can take advantage of several different pension programs to help cover the cost of assisted living. For more information, see the article on benefits.va.gov.
- Life Insurance Policies: Even if a spouse or loved one hasn’t died, certain types of life insurance policies can be used to pay for assisted living. More information is available at longtermcare.acl.gov
- Long-Term Care Insurance: Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance policy that pays for long-term care when it becomes necessary, including the cost of assisted living. For more information on the benefits and drawbacks of this financing method, visit longtermcare.acl.gov.
- Reverse Mortgages: Reverse mortgages allow seniors to access the equity from a home that they own, and these funds can be used to pay for assisted living. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers a federally insured reverse mortgage program.
Free Assisted Living Resources in South Carolina
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
The long-term care ombudsman assists seniors, their families, and advocates with all aspects relating to the dignity and rights of the elderly in care facilities including quality of care, violations of rights, and assistance with benefits. The office also takes and investigates complaints of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. South Carolina has ten ombudsman offices, each located inside of a local area agency on aging offices. To find your closest office or to file a complaint with the ombudsman please call (800) 868-9095.
Healthy Connections Prime Ombudsman
Seniors that receive Medicare and Healthy Connections Medicaid simultaneously are automatically enrolled in the Healthy Connections Prime program. This program has its own ombudsman office that addresses the needs of its members. To contact the Prime ombudsman office with any questions or for help with a facility or provider, please call (800) 726-8774 or email [email protected].
Area Agencies on Aging
Area agencies provide information and assistance and services that aim to improve the daily lives of seniors such as transportation, meals to home-bound seniors and more. To find out what services are available in your area for yourself or a loved one, you may call or visit one of the offices on the list below.
|Area Agency on Aging||Address||Phone Number|
|Appalachian Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties)
|30 Century Circle, Greenville, SC 29607||(864) 242-9733|
|Catawba Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Chester, Lancaster, York, and Union Counties)
|2051 Ebenezer Road, Suite B Post Office Box 4618, Rock Hill, SC 29732||(803) 329-9670 or (800) 662-8330|
|Central Midlands Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties)
|236 Stoneridge Driv,e Columbia, SC 29210||(803) 376-5390 or (866) 394-4166|
|Lowcountry Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties)
|634 Campground Road, Yemassee, SC 29945||(843) 473-3991 or (877) 846-8148|
|Lower Savannah Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, and Orangeburg counties)
|2748 Wagener Road, Aiken, SC 29801||(803) 649-7981|
|Pee Dee Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, and Marlboro)
|216 South 2nd Street, Hartsville, SC 29551||(843) 383-8632|
|Santee-Lynches Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties)
|39 E. Calhoun Street, Sumter, SC 29150||(803) 775-7381|
|Trident Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties)
|4450 Leeds Place West, Suite B, North Charleston, SC 29405||(843) 554-2275|
|Upper Savannah Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick and Saluda counties)
|430 Helix Road, Greenwood, SC 29646||(800) 922-7729 or (864)941-8069|
|Waccamaw Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg Counties)
|1230 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, SC 29440||(843) 546-8502|
Aid & Attendance and Housebound are two increased pension benefits related to living arrangements that may be paid to U.S. Armed Services Veterans over the age of 65 who currently receive pensions. These benefits, while usually used to pay for nursing home care, can be used for assisted living. The U.S. Armed Services does not classify assisted living facilities as nursing homes, so veterans must qualify or be rated to qualify to use pension fund benefits in this way. More information may be found by contacting one of the facilities on the list below.
|Veterans’ Affairs Office||Address||Phone Number|
|Abbeville Vet Office||901 West Greenwood Street, Suite 1600 Abbeville, SC 29620||(864) 366-2608|
|Aiken Vet Office||1930 University Parkway, Suite 2305 Aiken, SC 29801||(803) 642-1545|
|Allendale Vet Office||184 Barnwell Highway P.O. Box 521 Allendale, SC 29810||(803) 584-4226|
|Anderson Vet Office||2404 North Main Street,
Anderson, SC 29621
|Bamberg Vet Office||847 Calhoun Street, Suite 8 P.O. Box 416 Bamberg, SC 29003||(803) 245-3266|
|Barnwell Vet Office||34 Pechman Street,
Barnwell, SC 29812
|Beaufort Vet Office||1911 Boundary Street,
Beaufort, SC 29902
|Berkley Vet Office||303 North Goose Creek Blvd, Goose Creek,
|(843) 377-8506 or
|Calhoun Vet Office||P.O. Box 405 St. Matthews, SC 29135||(803) 874-3816|
|Charleston Vet Office||4045 Bridge View Drive,
North Charleston, SC 29405
|Cherokee Vet Office||110 Railroad Avenue Gaffney, SC 29340||(864) 487-2579|
|Chester Vet Office||154 Main Street Memorial Building P.O. Drawer 580,
Chester, SC, 29706
|Chesterfield Vet Office||105 North Page Street,
Chesterfield, SC 29709
|Clarendon Vet Office||411 Sunset Drive P.O. Drawer 548,
Manning, SC 29102
|Colleton Vet Office||219 S. Lemacks Street P.O. Box 637,
Walterboro, SC 29488
|Darlington Vet Office||1 Public Square, Room 310, Darlington County Courthouse,
Darlington, SC 29532
|Dillon Vet Office||City-County Complex Bldg., Room 302, 401 W. Main Street,
P.O. Box 493 Dillon, SC 29536
|Dorchester Vet Office||500 North Main Street, Suite 11,
Summerville, SC 29483201 Johnston Avenue,
St. George, SC 29477
|Edgefield Vet Office||304 Gray Street,
Edgefield, SC 29824
|Fairfield Vet Office||96 US Hwy 321 South P.O. Box 456,
Winnsboro, SC 29180
|Florence Vet Office||600 Senior Way,
Florence, SC 29505
|Georgetown Vet Office||537 Lafayette Circle,
Georgetown, SC 29440
|Greenwood Vet Office||106 Main Street North,
Greenwood, SC 29646
|Greenville Vet Office||301 University Ridge, Suite 5900,
Greenville, SC 29601
|Horry Vet Office||2830 Oak Street P.O. Box 1236,
Conway, SC 29526
|Hampton Vet Office||B.T. DeLoache Building 201 Jackson Ave,
West Hampton, SC 29924
|Jasper Vet Office||651 Grays Hwy P.O. Box 1536,
Ridgeland, SC 29936
|Kershaw Vet Office||Kershaw County Government Center, 515 Walnut Street, Room 150,
Camden, SC 29020
|Laurens Vet Office||200 Public Square P.O. Box 193,
Laurens, SC 29360
|Lancaster Vet Office||1033 West Meeting Street P.O. Box 1809,
Lancaster, SC 29720
|Lexington Vet Office||605 West Main Street, Suite 101,
Lexington, SC 29072
|Lee Vet Office||129 West Cedar Lane P.O. Box 461,
Bishopville, SC 29010
|Marlboro Vet Office||D.D. McColl House 300 West Main Street, P.O. Box 401,
Bennettsville, SC 29512
|Marion Vet Office||2523 East Hwy 76, P.O. Box 519,
Marion, SC 29571
|Newberry Vet Office||1856 Wilson Road P.O. Box 217,
Newberry, SC 29108
|McCormick Vet Office||610 South Mine Street P.O. Box 276,
McCormick, SC 29835
|Orangeburg Vet Office||1437 Amelia Street, Room 203 P.O. Box 9000,
Orangeburg, SC 29116-9000
|Oconee Vet Office||223-C Kenneth Street,
Walhalla, SC 29691
|Richland Vet Office||1701 Main Street, Suite 409 P.O. Box 192,
Columbia, SC 29202
|Pickens Vet Office||222 McDaniel Avenue,
Pickens, SC 29671
|Saluda Vet Office||108 South Rudolph Street,
Saluda, SC 29138
|(864) 445-4500 Ext. 2268|
|Sumter Vet Office||14 Law Range,
Sumter, SC 29150
|(803) 436-2302 Or
|Spartanburg Vet Office||610 Chesnee Hwy Beaumont Plaza,
Spartanburg, SC 29303
|Williamsburg Vet Office||147 West Main Street P.O. Box 565,
Kingstree, SC 29556
|(843) 355-9321 6301 Or (843) 355-6302|
|Union Vet Office||320 East Main Street,
Union, SC 29379
|York Vet Office||529 South Cherry Road Rock Hill, SC 29732,
13 South Congress Street York, SC 29745
Social Security Offices
Social Security benefits are another way to finance assisted living costs. To gain more insight into what programs or benefits are available to you or a loved one, visiting or calling one of the numerous South Carolina social security administration locations may be helpful.
|Social Security Office||Address||Phone Number|
|Aiken Social Security Office||151 Corporate Pkwy,
Aiken, SC 29803
|Anderson Social Security Office||4 Civic Ctr Blvd Ext,
Anderson, SC 29625
|Beaufort Social Security Office||646 Robert Smalls Pkwy,
Beaufort, SC 29906
|Bennettsville Social Security Office||1028 Cheraw St,
Bennettsville, SC 29512
|Charleston Social Security Office||1463 Tobias Gadson Blv,
Charleston, SC 29407
|Clinton Social Security Office||292 Professional Park,
Clinton, SC 29325
|Columbia Social Security Office||1835 Assembly St 11fl S Thurmond Fed Blvd,
Columbia, SC 29201
|Conway Social Security Office||1316 3rd Ave,
Conway, SC 29526
|Florence Social Security Office||181 Dozier Blvd,
Florence, SC 29501
|Georgetown Social Security Office||319 Pelham Rd,
Greenville, SC 29615
|Greenville Social Security Office||319 Pelham Rd,
Greenville, SC 29615
|Greenwood Social Security Office||115 Enterprise Court Ste C,
Greenwood, SC 29649
|Orangeburg Social Security Office||1379 Sims St,
Orangeburg, SC 29115
|Rock Hill Social Security Office||499 Lakeshore Pkwy,
Rock Hill, SC 29730
|Spartanburg Social Security Office||145 N Church St Ste 300,
Spartanburg, SC 29306
|Sumter Social Security Office||240 Bultman Dr,
Sumter, SC 29150
|Walterboro Social Security Office||502 Robertson Blvd,
Walterboro, SC 29488
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in South Carolina
Facilities in South Carolina are licensed by the Bureau of Health Facility Licensing which falls under the purview of the Board of Health and Environmental Control. In order to gain and retain licensure, the state has set forth a number of rules and regulations that facilities that wish to operate in South Carolina must adhere to.
Assisted Living Service Plans
At the time of admission, residents should be provided with a schedule of fees and services, the refund policy, the resident bill of rights and facility grievance policy, contact information for the local ombudsman office, and the monthly schedule of their personal allowance payment and the amount.
A written resident agreement between the facility and the incoming resident outlining the scope of expected care, personal care services, dietary needs of the resident, discharge procedures and what services cannot be provided should be signed by both parties and kept with the resident’s records.
Assisted Living Admission Requirements
Facilities may not admit residents that have been proven to be a danger to themselves or others, residents that will need 24-hour supervision, the daily need of a nurse, or anyone with a complex medical condition or medications that need to be continuously monitored. Individuals with the need for ventilators or special medical equipment that would rise to a nursing home level of care may also not be admitted.
Residents may only be discharged for medical reasons if the medical condition represents a potential harm to staff or other residents, or if discharge is in the best interest of the ill resident. A resident may also be discharged for nonpayment with written notice to be presented 30 days before the date of discharge.
Assisted Living Assessments
A resident assessment is required to be completed no more than 72 hours after admission and must include a determination by the facility of whether they will be able to cater to the specific needs of the resident. A thorough evaluation of a residents social, educational, behavioral, spiritual, nutritional and vocational levels should be included and used to create a plan of care.
Within 7 days of admission, an individual care plan must be created in conjunction with the resident that addresses their particular needs while taking into account their physical capabilities.
Assisted Living Scope of Care
Along with room and board and meals, facilities must provide some level of personal care such as help with eating, bathing, dressing, and walking. If needed, transport to medical appointments and help with arranging appointments should also be provided.
Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
Medicaid will not pay for rent or meals but will pay for some personal care services that are deemed a medical necessity. In order to qualify for these services, residents must be participating in the Optional State Supplemental Program or already be receiving Medicaid.
Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Single occupancy units are required to have at least 100 square feet of clear space not to include closets, bathrooms or walkways. Units with multiple residents must have at least 80 square feet of clear space per resident, with no more than three residents to a unit.
Community spaces must have 20 square feet of clear space per bed in the facility, with dining spaces having 15 square feet per bed in the facility. One bathroom with at least one hand washing station adjacent for every six beds, and one tub or shower per eight facility beds.
Medication Management Regulations
Medication administration is only allowed by staff trained specifically for that task. Injectibles may be administered by staff, but only in the event of an anaphylactic response or with diabetes medications. A licensed nurse may administer other types of injectables.
Some facilities may opt to allow residents to self-administer their non-injectible medications if written orders on the manner of administration are received from a physician, and staff can document instances of the resident self-administering in the proper manner.
An administrator is responsible for all activities and daily management of the facility and should always be available at a reasonable distance and time frame. Between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm there must be at least one staff member to every eight residents, and at least one awake staff during night hours per every 30 residents.
In multi-level facilities with 10 or more beds, there should be one staff member on each floor on which residents are present. All facilities must have a dedicated staff member than plans and executes physical activities for residents.
Staff Training Requirements
Facility administrators are required to be licensed by the Board of Long-Term Care Administrators (BLTCA) and have at least a year of experience and an associates degree. Thirty-two hours of annual continuing education are required, pertaining to the position and curriculum set by the BLTCA.
Non-administrative staff must receive two hours of orientation on relevant topics that is to be completed within ten days of hire, and before the first day of working alone in the facility. Personal care assistants must have ten hours of training in their specific tasks within the first thirty days of being hired.
All staff members are to be trained in residents rights, basic first aid, infectious disease, communicable disease, and blood-borne pathogen safety standards, use of restraints and emergency procedures are to be completed within 24 hours of the first day of hire. Designated staff should be trained in CPR and medication administration.
Background Checks for Assisted Living
All staff, volunteers and contracted third parties with direct access to residents must undergo a criminal background check and be found free of any convictions, plea deals and must have pled no contest to charges of abuse against a child or vulnerable adult.
Requirements for Reporting Abuse
In an assisted living facility, all staff, regardless of the level of contact with residents, are considered mandated reporters. Additionally, contracted employees such as visiting, nurses, physicians, pharmacists or home health aide staff are designated as mandated reporters.
However, anyone that suspects that a resident is being abused can also file a complaint with the Vulnerable Adult Investigations Unit at (866-200-6066) or with the office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman at (803) 734-9900 or 911 if the resident is in immediate danger. Residents of an assisted living facility or their families may also use these numbers to report abuse of themselves or other residents. The abuse may be physical or psychological in nature and can include, but is not limited to:
- Sexual abuse
- Financial exploitation
- Intentionally inflicting harm on an individual
- Failure to provide care when needed
- Withholding of food. medicines or other necessities
- Failure to report or treat injuries
Mandated reporters are required to report abuse within 24 hours of observing the abuse. Failure to report may result in a fine of up to $25,000, one year in jail, a misdemeanor charge and loss of professional license if applicable.
Facilities may also be reported for unsafe conditions or practices that fall outside of what they have been contracted to do. Failing to adhere to disclosure items, and inability to accommodate the needs of residents as outlined in service agreements, improper medication management, grounds and building areas that are in disrepair, extreme fluctuations in temperature or repeated power and water outages are just some of the things that a facility may be reported for.
Staff, residents, or the families of residents may report any of these conditions to the state’s Health Facilities Licensing Bureau via the online complaint form, or by calling (803) 545-4370.