In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Columbia area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 47 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 13 hours researching assisted living communities in Columbia
  • Read more than 130 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Columbia is $3,248, which is considerably higher than the state average of $3,500 and the national average of $4,051.

Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Columbia, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 47 communities in the Columbia area. Trusted Communities spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Columbia area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.

Atria Forest Lake
Studios, 1-Bedroom Apartments
Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Respite
Assisted Living: $2,295, Memory Care: $5,770
Located in the heart of Columbia's desirable Forest Acres neighborhood, Atria Forest Lake provides independent and assisted living as well as memory care. This upscale community features elegant Southern-style common areas, including a rocking-chair front porch, fireside piano parlor and formal dining room serving cherished family recipes. Residents and their pets have access to a lush courtyard featuring roses and raised beds. There's even a gazebo and barbecue for community cookouts. Atria Forest Lake offers residents a high quality of life with accessible accommodations, comprehensive supports and more than 200 monthly activities.
What Residents are Saying:
Relatives appreciate the attentive staff. One online reviewer says, "They have a different floor plans ... an emergency call system (perfect for my granny just in case she needs someone) and help if she needs it. The staff are amazing! They seem to really care for her like she is their grandma!"
4.20 out of 5 stars
(95) Reviews
4405 Forest Dr., Columbia, SC 29206
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Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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