Charleston is a charming port city located in South Carolina. The city is known for its historic buildings and cobblestone streets. It has an estimated population of 408,000, and around 17% of residents are aged 65 and over. With its warm weather and retiree-friendly tax policies, Charleston is a popular city for retirees from all over the country. Active seniors may appreciate the variety of outdoor activities and entertainment options. 

Assisted living is best suited to seniors who require some help in completing the tasks of daily living such as grooming, driving, housekeeping and bathing. These facilities provide 24/7 caregiver support to seniors so they can remain as independent as possible. Seniors in the Charleston area pay an average of $3,945 per month for assisted living care, which is higher than the South Carolina average of $3,612. 

This guide provides a basic overview of assisted living in Charleston. It includes a list of drawbacks and benefits of retiring in the city, average costs involved and free resources that are available to support seniors. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Charleston, SC

2014, 2016

Brookdale West Ashley

2030 Charlie Hall Blvd, Charleston, SC, 29414

Brookdale West Ashley is an assisted living and memory care facility situated near the Carolina Bay. The facility gets high marks for offering residents live musical performances, arts and crafts clas … (read more)
Brookdale West Ashley is an assisted living and memory care facility situated near the Carolina Bay. The facility gets high marks for offering residents live musical performances, arts and crafts clas … (read more)

2018

The Oaks at Daniel Island

320 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston, SC, 29492

I went to visit The Oaks at Daniel Island. The staff was very friendly. It’s a great location. Daniel Island is a great place. It’s nice and clean. The rooms were nice and spacious. They looked like t … (read more)
I went to visit The Oaks at Daniel Island. The staff was very friendly. It’s a great location. Daniel Island is a great place. It’s nice and clean. The rooms were nice and spacious. They looked like t … (read more)

Oaks at Charleston

2333 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC, 29414

Oaks at Charleston had excellent facilities. They had activities going on while we were there. It looked like they were playing games or something in one of the gathering rooms. They may have been the … (read more)
Oaks at Charleston had excellent facilities. They had activities going on while we were there. It looked like they were playing games or something in one of the gathering rooms. They may have been the … (read more)

Harmony at West Ashley

1925 Essex Farms Drive, Charleston, SC, 29414

Nestled in Northwest Charleston, Harmony at West Ashley is a senior care provider offering assisted living, independent living and memory care for residents. Featuring a variety of room and housing op … (read more)
Nestled in Northwest Charleston, Harmony at West Ashley is a senior care provider offering assisted living, independent living and memory care for residents. Featuring a variety of room and housing op … (read more)

Savannah Place

1501 Secessionville Road, Charleston, SC, 29412

Savannah Place is an assisted-living facility located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, near Charleston. Relatives of residents are grateful for and satisfied with the professional and friendly staff … (read more)
Savannah Place is an assisted-living facility located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, near Charleston. Relatives of residents are grateful for and satisfied with the professional and friendly staff … (read more)

Wellmore of Daniel Island

580 Robert Daniel Drive, Charleston, SC, 29492

We have chosen Wellmore of Daniel Island for my mother-in-law. Well, she’s from Daniel Island, and she’s familiar with the area. She’s still able to get around a little bit, and so we figured it would … (read more)
We have chosen Wellmore of Daniel Island for my mother-in-law. Well, she’s from Daniel Island, and she’s familiar with the area. She’s still able to get around a little bit, and so we figured it would … (read more)

The Bridge at Charleston

2590 Elms Plantation Boulevard North, Charleston, SC, 29406

The Bridge at Charleston is tucked into a corner of Bluehouse Swamp in Charleston, SC. Visitors are very impressed by the monthly social calendar, which allows guests to pick their favorite events to … (read more)
The Bridge at Charleston is tucked into a corner of Bluehouse Swamp in Charleston, SC. Visitors are very impressed by the monthly social calendar, which allows guests to pick their favorite events to … (read more)

Palmettos of Charleston

1900 Ashley Crossing Drive, Charleston, SC, 29414

Palmettos of Charleston is a senior living community located near three major highways with convenient access to shopping venues, historic attractions and parks. Visitors and loved ones applaud the fa … (read more)
Palmettos of Charleston is a senior living community located near three major highways with convenient access to shopping venues, historic attractions and parks. Visitors and loved ones applaud the fa … (read more)

Benton House of West Ashley

1445 Bluewater Way, Charleston, SC, 29414

Benton House of West Ashley is located in Charleston, South Carolina, near Oak Plantation Campground, Savannah Highway, restaurants and shopping centers. The facility offers assisted living and memory … (read more)
Benton House of West Ashley is located in Charleston, South Carolina, near Oak Plantation Campground, Savannah Highway, restaurants and shopping centers. The facility offers assisted living and memory … (read more)

Indigo Hall

509 Standard Way, Charleston, SC, 29412

My step-mom moved into assisted living 1-1/2 weeks ago and the first time they took her laundry they lost it. It’s now day 5 with no new info after multiple inquiries from her local family. It’s the l … (read more)
My step-mom moved into assisted living 1-1/2 weeks ago and the first time they took her laundry they lost it. It’s now day 5 with no new info after multiple inquiries from her local family. It’s the l … (read more)

Franke Home at Seaside

1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464

Franke At Seaside’s level of care is excellent. My parents were both in the independent and assisted living. They have many activities, and the meals were also excellent.
Franke At Seaside’s level of care is excellent. My parents were both in the independent and assisted living. They have many activities, and the meals were also excellent.

Atria Mount Pleasant (Now Open)

601 Solana Way, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464

Atria Mount Pleasant is conveniently located near I-526, just north of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Upscale studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are available as well as companion suites and vil … (read more)
Atria Mount Pleasant is conveniently located near I-526, just north of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Upscale studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are available as well as companion suites and vil … (read more)

Sandpiper Courtyard Assisted Living

1047 Anna Knapp Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464

Sandpiper Courtyard Assisted Living is a small community. They also only offered studio style apartments; they didn’t have the ones with the separate bedrooms. Once we saw that, we kind of lost intere … (read more)
Sandpiper Courtyard Assisted Living is a small community. They also only offered studio style apartments; they didn’t have the ones with the separate bedrooms. Once we saw that, we kind of lost intere … (read more)

2015, 2016

Somerby of Mount Pleasant

3100 Tradition Circle, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29466

We looked at Somerby of Mount Pleasant. I’ve seen it in person, and I did the virtual, but I thought the amenities were a lot better at the other place. I wasn’t impressed with the staff; they weren’t … (read more)
We looked at Somerby of Mount Pleasant. I’ve seen it in person, and I did the virtual, but I thought the amenities were a lot better at the other place. I wasn’t impressed with the staff; they weren’t … (read more)

The Palms of Mt. Pleasant

937 Bowman Road, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464

The Palms of Mt. Pleasant is a senior living facility located in South Carolina and close to two major highways, shopping venues and medical centers. The community offers residents a wealth of ameniti … (read more)
The Palms of Mt. Pleasant is a senior living facility located in South Carolina and close to two major highways, shopping venues and medical centers. The community offers residents a wealth of ameniti … (read more)

Ashley Landing Assisted Living – CLOSED

4550 Great Oak Drive, North Charleston, SC, 29418

Ashley Landing Assisted Living is a modern, 100-bed facility located just minutes from shopping, entertainment and medical services in North Charleston, South Carolina. The food, the caring attitude o … (read more)
Ashley Landing Assisted Living is a modern, 100-bed facility located just minutes from shopping, entertainment and medical services in North Charleston, South Carolina. The food, the caring attitude o … (read more)

Care With Love

3408 Lenape St, North Charleston, SC, 29405


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Charleston

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in South Carolina. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Charleston

In Charleston and across the state of South Carolina, The Bureau of Health Facility Licensing regulates and issues licenses to assisted living facilities. The bureau ensures that all assisted living facilities in the state comply with the required rules and regulations. It carries out regular planned and unplanned inspections at all facilities. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Charleston

  • The warm climate of Charleston is ideal for seniors who enjoy outdoor activities. The city receives no snow and has an average winter low temperature of 39. Summer months are warm with an average high of 90. Charleston enjoys around 209 days of sunshine each, but it can be humid due to the high rainfall in the area. Seniors will need to budget for cooling expenses in the warmer months. 
  • The cost of living in Charleston is around 4% higher than the national average. Seniors who are worried about budgeting for each month can rest assured that living in an assisted living community means that most of their costs are fixed.
  • South Carolina is tax-friendly towards retirees. The state does not charge tax on Social Security retirement benefit income and provides a sizable tax income deduction on any other forms of retirement income. South Carolina has some of the lowest property taxes in the country. This all means that seniors have more income available to enjoy all the activities in Charleston.
  • Seniors have easy access to a number of excellent medical facilities in Charleston. Some of the top hospitals in the city include MUSC Health -University Medical Center and Roper Hospital
  • Charleston has a high crime rate and is ranked as safer than just 16% of U.S. cities. The city has a very high rate of property crime. Seniors who are worried about crime can feel safe knowing that most assisted living communities offer 24/7 security services and secure gated access for the safety of residents. 
  • Seniors living in Charleston can take advantage of miles of scenic coastline to explore, a vibrant cultural scene, a number of golf courses and tours of the city to learn about its interesting past.

Paying for Assisted Living in Charleston

According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Charleston is $3,945. This is less than the national median of $4,500 and more than the South Carolina state average of $3,612. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $3,945 per month, Charleston is one of the more expensive cities for assisted living in the state. The least expensive option is Sumter, which has a monthly average cost of $2,663. At the upper end of the cost scale, Hilton Island has an average monthly cost of $4,500, and the average senior in the coastal city of Myrtle Beach pays $4,070 for assisted living.

When it comes to assisted living, Greenville is fairly close in price to Spartanburg, though the latter is slightly cheaper, with an average cost of $3,600. Other cities in South Carolina offer rates that are lower still. The median rate in Columbia is $3,270, and in Florence, it is $3,456. Sumter’s prices are particularly low, averaging $2,663 per month.

$3945

Charleston

$3612

South Carolina

$4500

The United States

$2663

Sumter

$4500

Hilton Island

$4070

Myrtle Beach

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors living in Charleston have a choice of senior care options besides assisted living. Adult day care is the lowest cost option with an average monthly fee of $1,381. Home care and home health care both have a monthly median cost of $5,005. Nursing home care is best suited to frail seniors who require around-the-clock medical care and supervision. A semiprivate room in a nursing home has a monthly average cost of $7,513, and the corresponding cost for a private room is $8,512. 

$1381

Adult Day Care

$3945

Assisted Living

$5005

Home Care

$5005

Home Health Care

$7513

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$8152

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Charleston

In South Carolina, seniors who need help paying assisted living costs can apply for the South Carolina Community Choices Medicaid Wavier. The state also offers supplemental SSI payments.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities 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 Charleston

Seniors living in Charleston have access to a number of support services offered by nonprofit organizations and government departments. These services and activities may be of interest to seniors who are currently living in assisted living facilities and those who are considering making the move.

Resources

Contact

Services

(843) 722-4127

The Charleston Area Seniors is a nonprofit organization that provides a number of services to assist seniors in the community. Services are all provided by volunteers, and the organization is supported by local churches. Some of the services offered include a food pantry, transport services, caregiver support, friendship calls, meals on wheels and congregate meals. The organization runs a senior center that provides activities such as fitness classes, board games and educational lectures.

(843) 577-1306

The Charleston Office on Aging focuses on assisting seniors and caregivers in the community. The office runs an elder abuse hotline where seniors in long-term care facilities can use to report any issues. It operates a volunteer group that organizes intergenerational community activities. 

(843) 724-7311

The city of Charleston runs three senior community centers for seniors aged 55 and older. These centers provide a hot meal at lunch each day where seniors can socialize and enjoy a nutritious meal. Activities offered include day trips to local attractions, fitness classes, computer classes, card games, live entertainment and wellness lectures. 

(803) 734-9886

The South Carolina Department on Aging offers a number of programs and initiates to support seniors. Some of the programs offered include nutrition programs, medicare information, legal assistance, caregiver support, evidence-based health programs and senior centers. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for seniors in long-term care facilities such as assisted living communities and nursing homes. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Charleston

Charleston Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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