16 Assisted Living Facilities near Charleston, SC
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There are 16 Assisted Living Facilities in the Charleston area, with 9 in Charleston and 7 nearby.
The average cost of assisted living in Charleston is $3,605 per month. This is higher than the national median of $3,400. Cheaper nearby regions include North Charleston with an average starting cost of $2,852.
To help you with your search, browse the 124 reviews below for assisted living facilities in Charleston. On average, consumers rate assisted living in Charleston 4.2 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include North Charleston with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Caring.com has helped 9 families in Charleston find high-quality senior care. To speak with one of our Family Advisors about assisted living options and costs in Charleston, call (855) 863-8283.
9 Assisted Living Facilities in Charleston, SC
7 Assisted Living Facilities near Charleston, SC
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina, rests along the Atlantic coast, making it a prime location for seniors to enjoy the freshest seafood and relaxing cool ocean breezes. For seniors who reside in assisted living facilities, the city offers a bounty of day trip opportunities for entertainment and exercise. Assisted living communities in South Carolina are regulated by the Board of Health and Environmental Control and are defined as residences that provide housing, meals, and a degree of personal care for two or more adults that are not related to the owner. The city has eight assisted living facilities and there are another seven in the area.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Charleston
- The Charleston area has the perfect climate for seniors looking for warmer temperatures. Summers in the city are humid but temperatures rarely rise above 100 degrees, thanks partially to the ocean breezes. Winters are mild.
- Seniors living in Charleston experience less violent crime than the state of South Carolina and U.S. averages. The city has a violent crime rate 15.8 lower and a property crime rate 15.8 less than the state average.
- Charleston has a high tax rate. The sales tax is 2.5 percent higher than that of the nation and income tax is 2.4 percent more than the United States. South Carolina does exempt all taxes for Social Security retirement income, and offers substantial deductions for seniors receiving other types of retirement income.
- The Charleston area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Roper Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
- With a cost of living index of 115.1, Charleston is much higher than both the South Carolina and U.S. averages. Seniors can expect to pay higher rates for both groceries and health care than in other parts of the nation and state.
- Charleston's public transportation is provided by the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). They offer fixed bus routes and other transportation services for the entire Charleston area. CARTA offers discounted rates for seniors.
Paying for Assisted Living in Charleston
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Charleston start around $3,605 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Charleston and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Charleston
South Carolina covers assisted living services through the Medicaid State Plan, for those who qualify.
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in South Carolina page.
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
Charleston and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Charleston, please visit our Assisted Living in South Carolina page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Charleston
Charleston-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.
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Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Charleston
Review of Summit Place of Daniel Island
We were very impressed with Summit Place of Daniel Island. The place is very nice and clean. The grounds are really nice and have a courtyard. The people are very friendly and moved quickly so we c... Read more
Review of Brookdale West Ashley
My mother moved into Brookdale Charleston (Brookdale West Ashley) and shes doing great. Its like a home, and it has that homey feel to it. Their staff is good and very professional, very loving a... Read more
Review of Palmettos of Charleston
Palmettos of Charleston was nice, but it did not have a homey feel to it. They had the normal run of the mill facility, but they started to show age too, and it had a smell to it. It was clean and ... Read more