Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Anderson is a city of 28,106 people, with the 65+ age group making up 19.1% of its residents. Anderson’s low cost of living is undoubtedly an attraction, as is its high-quality health care facilities and comfortable climate. Lake Hartwell and Saddlers Creek State Park are popular with active seniors who fish, hike and enjoy picnics. The European Market is frequented by lovers of fresh foods from overseas and history buffs wander the rooms of Fort Hill and the Ashtabula and Woodburn historic homes.

Assisted living is a compromise for seniors struggling with common tasks, such as cooking, but reluctant to relinquish their independence. The facilities provide clean and comfortable rooms, help with managing medications and meals prepared by experienced chefs while otherwise supporting residents’ autonomy. Average fees in Anderson are $2,800 per month, which is much more affordable than the state and national averages of $3,988 and $4,300, respectively. 

This guide covers assisted living costs in the region and considers the advantages and disadvantages of living in Anderson. There’s also a list of free resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Anderson, SC

2022

Summit Place of Anderson

107 Perpetual Square Drive, Anderson, SC, 29621

Located in Anderson, South Carolina, Summit Place of Anderson is near AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital. Reviewers describe this facility as pleasant and clean, with beautiful rooms and caregivers … (read more)
Located in Anderson, South Carolina, Summit Place of Anderson is near AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital. Reviewers describe this facility as pleasant and clean, with beautiful rooms and caregivers … (read more)

North Pointe

701 Simpson Rd, Anderson, SC, 29621

Located in Anderson, South Carolina, North Pointe is near U.S. Highway 29, Rocky River Nature Park and AnMed Health Medical Center. Family members describe the community’s overall atmosphere as warm a … (read more)
Located in Anderson, South Carolina, North Pointe is near U.S. Highway 29, Rocky River Nature Park and AnMed Health Medical Center. Family members describe the community’s overall atmosphere as warm a … (read more)

Brookdale Anderson

311 Simpson Rd, Anderson, SC, 29621

Brookdale Anderson, near Highway 76, is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Anderson, South Carolina. It is close to AnMed Health Medical Center and Duck Park. Visitors give high m … (read more)
Brookdale Anderson, near Highway 76, is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Anderson, South Carolina. It is close to AnMed Health Medical Center and Duck Park. Visitors give high m … (read more)

TerraBella Marchbanks

2203 Marchbanks Ave, Anderson, SC, 29621

Marchbanks Assisted Living & Memory Care is centrally located near two pharmacies and the AnMed Medical Health Center in Anderson, South Carolina. Family members describe the facility’s one- and t … (read more)
Marchbanks Assisted Living & Memory Care is centrally located near two pharmacies and the AnMed Medical Health Center in Anderson, South Carolina. Family members describe the facility’s one- and t … (read more)

Dominion Senior Living of Anderson

3461 N Hwy 81, Anderson, SC, 29621

I was very pleased with Dominion Senior Living of Anderson. I really had no complaints. I was just trying to get Mom closer to me. We moved Mom in at the height of the pandemic and we just dropped off … (read more)
I was very pleased with Dominion Senior Living of Anderson. I really had no complaints. I was just trying to get Mom closer to me. We moved Mom in at the height of the pandemic and we just dropped off … (read more)

Garden House of Anderson

201 Edgebrook Drive, Anderson, SC, 32796

Garden House of Anderson is located in Anderson, South Carolina, near the City of Anderson Recreation Area. Relatives say this facility is well-kept and nicely appointed, with decently sized apartment … (read more)
Garden House of Anderson is located in Anderson, South Carolina, near the City of Anderson Recreation Area. Relatives say this facility is well-kept and nicely appointed, with decently sized apartment … (read more)

Morningside of Anderson

1304 McLees Road, Anderson, SC, 29621

Morningside of Anderson is located in Anderson, California, a few minutes from Anderson River Park, Anderson Historical Society and Museum and Cascade Wonderland Highway. Visitors say that the staff a … (read more)
Morningside of Anderson is located in Anderson, California, a few minutes from Anderson River Park, Anderson Historical Society and Museum and Cascade Wonderland Highway. Visitors say that the staff a … (read more)

2022

The Renaissance Senior Living

5 Frank Pressly Drive, Due West, SC, 29639

My mom was at The Renaissance in Due West for four months. It’s a wonderful facility. Everything was good. The director of the facility is the one I could speak about the most. He went above and beyo … (read more)
My mom was at The Renaissance in Due West for four months. It’s a wonderful facility. Everything was good. The director of the facility is the one I could speak about the most. He went above and beyo … (read more)

Brookdale Central

131 Vickery Drive, Central, SC, 29630

Brookdale Central, located in Central, South Carolina, is near Greenville Highway, Oconee Memorial Hospital and the Frist Art Museum. Family members describe the facility as clean with a pleasant atmo … (read more)
Brookdale Central, located in Central, South Carolina, is near Greenville Highway, Oconee Memorial Hospital and the Frist Art Museum. Family members describe the facility as clean with a pleasant atmo … (read more)

Clemson Heritage Senior Living

140 Cambridge Drive, Clemson, SC, 29631

Clemson Heritage Senior Living was beautiful. It was clean and had lots of bright lights so people could see where they were going. They had a nice area to eat. They had a good menu and people looked … (read more)
Clemson Heritage Senior Living was beautiful. It was clean and had lots of bright lights so people could see where they were going. They had a nice area to eat. They had a good menu and people looked … (read more)

Brookdale Hartwell

45 Walnut Street, Hartwell, GA, 30643

I really liked Brookdale Hartwell. The staff was wonderful. The rooms were fine, just a little smaller than what I would’ve liked. Everything was nice and clean. It’s a cheerful place. They have peopl … (read more)
I really liked Brookdale Hartwell. The staff was wonderful. The rooms were fine, just a little smaller than what I would’ve liked. Everything was nice and clean. It’s a cheerful place. They have peopl … (read more)

Foothills Retirement Community

205 Bud Nalley Drive,, Easley, SC, 29642

We chose Foothills Retirement Community for my father because they have assisted living, memory care, rehab, and skilled nursing all in the same grounds. He’s in memory care now and if he has a medica … (read more)
We chose Foothills Retirement Community for my father because they have assisted living, memory care, rehab, and skilled nursing all in the same grounds. He’s in memory care now and if he has a medica … (read more)

Easley Place

706 Pelzer Highway, Easley, SC, 29642

It is very nice and clean. The aides are very helpful. My mom is enjoying her room and the food. She’s actually eating more now that she’s there. She gets physical therapy weekly and she’s very happy … (read more)
It is very nice and clean. The aides are very helpful. My mom is enjoying her room and the food. She’s actually eating more now that she’s there. She gets physical therapy weekly and she’s very happy … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Anderson

Residential care facilities in South Carolina are licensed and regulated by the Board of Health and Environmental Control, Division of Health Licensing. The Board has the authority to conduct unannounced inspections to ensure facilities are complying with regulations, serve legal notices on those found to be non-compliant and revoke licenses from facilities that don’t raise their standards.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Anderson

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, Anderson is a very affordable place to live. Using a national average of 100 as a guide, Anderson scores 84.7, which is also below the state average. However, the site also concludes that Anderson’s average health costs are above average. This figure doesn’t include residential care fees, which are below average.
  • Statistics published by Neighborhood Scout reveal that Anderson has above-average violent and property crime, with the hotspots appearing to concentrate in the center of the city. Neighborhoods in the northwest, such as Hammond and Northlake, have lower levels of crime. A feature of many assisted living facilities is 24/7 surveillance systems, a known deterrent for criminals.
  • Despite its compact size, Anderson has excellent medical facilities. The AnMed Health Medical Center is ranked #7 in the state and rated as high-performing in a number of procedures, particularly in dealing with heart attacks and strokes. There’s also a high number of physicians registered to treat Medicare recipients. Additionally, only 40 minutes north in Greenville, there’s Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, ranked #2 in South Carolina.
  • Senior Solutions is a nonprofit that provides transportation for older residents in Anderson County and its neighbors. It operates a non-emergency door-to-door service for seniors who need to make medical appointments, go shopping or for any other purpose. All of its drivers are CPR and First Aid-certified and trained in passenger safety and defensive driving techniques.
  • Anderson boasts one of the most comfortable climates for seniors in the state and the country. Snowfall is only about two inches annually, so slippery sidewalks aren’t common. The city also gets 16 more sunny days than average. January is the coldest month, with temperatures hovering around 31 degrees, while July regularly sees highs of 90 degrees.
  • Although Anderson’s air quality of 47 is below the U.S. average of 58, its excellent water quality scores 85, greatly surpassing the national average of 55.

Paying for Assisted Living in Anderson

The 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey shows assisted living costs in Anderson to be $2,800. On average, seniors pay $1,188 less per month for care than their peers across the state and $1,500 less than the typical American. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Anderson’s competitive monthly fees of $2,800 are only bettered by Sumpter’s assisted living facilities, which typically charge around $2,200 for their services. In nearby Spartanburg, costs leap to $4,095, while in the state capital, Columbia, they’re higher still, at $4,299.

$2800

Anderson

$3988

South Carolina

$4300

The United States

$4095

Spartanburg

$2200

Sumpter

$4299

Columbia

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

It’s normal for senior care costs to reflect the levels of care and facilities provided, which explains adult day care’s costs of $1,343 per month. This type of care doesn’t include accommodation, and the seniors are more able-bodied. What’s unusual in Anderson is its low assisted living costs, which are $1,200 less than home care and $1,299 below home health care’s typical fees, even though assisted living can also include basic medical services. Normality returns with nursing home costs. A typical semiprivate room costs $7,730, while $8,608 per month gets a private room.

$4000

Home care

$4099

Home health care

$1343

Adult day health care

$2800

Assisted living

$7730

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$8608

Nursing home (private room)

Note: Data for Anderson was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Greenville, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Anderson

Anderson and the state of South Carolina provide public assistance for seniors who need help paying for an assisted living facility through the Medicaid State Plan. Eligibility for the program is open to seniors over the age of 60 who meet all Medicaid program criteria and those who are receiving the Optional State Supplement (OSS) to the federal Supplemental Security Income program (SSI). Family supplementation for private rooms is not allowed.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in South Carolina page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in South Carolina

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in South Carolina page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Anderson

Anderson’s appeal for seniors is partly due to the number and variety of free resources on offer. The following are a few of what’s available and include methods of minimizing long-term care costs, solutions to resolving care quality issues and ways to engage with the local senior community.

Resource


Contact


Services


Jo Brown Senior Center


(864) 231-2237


The Jo Brown Senior Center welcomes adults aged 55 and older, managing a rotation of programs and services designed around the seasons and national events. These include indoor activities in colder months, such as bingo and dancing and outdoor activities in summer, including trips to local farmers' markets and historical sites. The center can also help eligible seniors access some benefits, such as vouchers for the farmers' markets.


VA Aid and Attendance Benefits


(803) 647-2400


U.S. military veterans and their spouses residing in assisted living communities can apply for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. It's a monthly payment included in the VA pension for the purpose of paying some residential care costs. Not all vets qualify, so it's worth checking eligibility by calling the nearest veterans services center in Greenville or using the free online tool provided by VeteranAid.org. Payments can vary. For example, an individual vet with an annual MAPR amount of $18,243 and a dependent spouse can get an increase of up to $27,549.


State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)


(800) 868-9095


SHIP counselors are impartial advisors funded by the federal government who specialize in helping seniors understand their Medicare plans and identify shortfalls in their insurance. The counselors won't try to sell plans, but they may introduce private health care insurance to help seniors cover their long-term care costs. The counselors can also source ways of reducing costs for eligible seniors and support those who have been denied Medicare.


Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program


(800) 868-9095


Senors residing in assisted living communities, their families and third parties can register complaints about the facilities to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, who will investigate and seek resolutions with the owners. The ombudsman doesn't charge a fee for their services, which also includes ensuring residents in senior care facilities know their rights and providing access to inspection reports so seniors can make more informed choices.


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Anderson

Anderson-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in South Carolina are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in South Carolina page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in South Carolina