Charleston County is situated along the Atlantic coast in the southern region of South Carolina. About 411,000 people call this county home, 17% of whom are aged 65 and over. It has a dynamic arts and culture scene with lively festivals, unique galleries and notable theaters, including the Historic Dock Street Theatre, which hosts the Charleston Stage Company. The region offers visitors and residents unique opportunities to experience the culture, such as culinary tours and carriage tours, and Freshfields Village and Mount Pleasant have outstanding shopping venues with locally-owned shops and restaurants.  

There are approximately 61 licensed assisted living facilities in Charleston County with enough beds to accommodate about 2,500 seniors. On average, local assisted living facilities charge $3,600 per month, which is affordable compared to state and national medians. Costs may vary between facilities, depending on the level of care required and the services and amenities offered.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Charleston County, SC

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)

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)

Franke Home at Seaside

1885 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464


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)

Dayspring Assisted Living – Hollywood, SC

5146 Towles Road,, Hollywood, SC, 29449

Dayspring came recommended to me by a friend in the healthcare field. I had already experienced two other local facilities with a more "corporate" structure. I moved my mom to Dayspring, which was a s … (read more)
Dayspring came recommended to me by a friend in the healthcare field. I had already experienced two other local facilities with a more "corporate" structure. I moved my mom to Dayspring, which was a s … (read more)

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)

Dayspring of Johns Island

3455 Bohicket Road, Johns Island, SC, 29455

This is the BEST facility!! The staff took the best care of my grandfather and their attentiveness towards their residents never went unnoticed! I would recommend this facility to anyone as they treat … (read more)
This is the BEST facility!! The staff took the best care of my grandfather and their attentiveness towards their residents never went unnoticed! I would recommend this facility to anyone as they treat … (read more)

Ashley Landing Assisted Living

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)

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)

Sandpiper Courtyard Assisted Living

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

My mother is in Sandpiper Courtyard Assisted Living. They make sure she’s clean, they clean her bedding and her laundry, and they do it on a schedule, like Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They’re ve … (read more)
My mother is in Sandpiper Courtyard Assisted Living. They make sure she’s clean, they clean her bedding and her laundry, and they do it on a schedule, like Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They’re ve … (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)

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 River Plantation

2333 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC, 29414

Situated west of the Ashley River in sunny Charleston, South Carolina, Ashley River Plantation gets praise from visitors for its homey atmosphere. Family members note the activities centered on indivi … (read more)
Situated west of the Ashley River in sunny Charleston, South Carolina, Ashley River Plantation gets praise from visitors for its homey atmosphere. Family members note the activities centered on indivi … (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)

Sweetgrass Village

601 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29464

Sweetgrass Village is an assisted living and senior care facility situated on the picturesque Mathis Ferry Road in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, just minutes away from the East Cooper Medical Center, … (read more)
Sweetgrass Village is an assisted living and senior care facility situated on the picturesque Mathis Ferry Road in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, just minutes away from the East Cooper Medical Center, … (read more)

Merrill Gardens at Carolina Park

3501 Merrill Place, Mount Pleasant, SC, 29466


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

I visited Indigo Hall a few months ago. It seemed to be very new, nice and clean. There were no funny odors, and the people all seemed friendly. The staff that provided us with a tour and the differen … (read more)
I visited Indigo Hall a few months ago. It seemed to be very new, nice and clean. There were no funny odors, and the people all seemed friendly. The staff that provided us with a tour and the differen … (read more)

Life Care Center of Charleston

2600 Elms Plantation Boulevard, North Charleston, SC, 29406

The Life Care Center of Charleston is located in North Charleston, South Carolina, near Cypress Gardens and many historic attractions including the H.L. Hunley, a lost submarine of the Civil War. The … (read more)
The Life Care Center of Charleston is located in North Charleston, South Carolina, near Cypress Gardens and many historic attractions including the H.L. Hunley, a lost submarine of the Civil War. The … (read more)

Bowles Community Care Home

9270 N Highway 17, Mc Clellanville, SC, 29458

Bowles Community Care Home was clean, their food was good, and their surroundings were good as well. But after the owner passed away, everything went down. His husband was just for the money.
Bowles Community Care Home was clean, their food was good, and their surroundings were good as well. But after the owner passed away, everything went down. His husband was just for the money.

Paying for Assisted Living in Charleston County

While Charleston County is comprised of 14 cities, over 60% of its residents reside in the Charleston area. According to Genworth Financial’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey, this is an economical region for assisted living. On average, assisted living facilities in this region charge $3,600 per month. This is nearly $400 cheaper than the statewide monthly median of $3,988 and about $700 cheaper than the national average of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Charleston County is among the cheapest regions in South Carolina for assisted living, with care fees coming in nearly 10% below the state median at $3,600 per month. Only two cities have lower monthly care costs, including the Greenville area, where seniors pay $2,800, and Sumter, where fees average $2,200 per month. In Spartanburg, care costs are a little higher at $4,095, and in Florence, rates average $4,163. In South Carolina’s capital city of Columbia, care costs are consistent with the national average at $4,299. The Myrtle Beach area is considerably more expensive at $4,620 per month, and the Hilton Head Island area is the priciest region in the state at $5,475.

$3600

Charleston County/Charleston Area

$3988

South Carolina

$4300

The United States

$2200

Sumter

$4620

Myrtle Beach Area

$4163

Florence

$4299

Columbia

$4095

Spartanburg

$2800

Greenville Area

$5475

Hilton Head Island Area

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Charleston County

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.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Charleston County

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 County

ResourceContact Service
Mayor’s Office on Aging(843) 577-1306The Mayor’s Office on Aging advocates on behalf of seniors in Charleston County and provides residents with the resources and services they need. It partners with local agencies and service providers to give residents information and assistance in finding programs to meet their long-term care needs. It also educates older adults on age-related issues, such as health coverage, fraud and scams and federal benefit programs. 
Trident Area Agency on Aging(843) 554-2275The Trident Area Agency on Aging has Information and Referral Specialists who help seniors find services and programs to meet their needs and make educated decisions about their long-term care. Through its Eligibility Screening and Assessment Coordination Program, it screens older adults for services, such as senior center transportation, congregate dining and personal care. The agency operates GetCareSC, an information and referral program with a web-based search tool that helps seniors identify local providers. It also has senior health insurance counselors who provide free unbiased information on Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance, which can help seniors find ways to cover assisted living expenses. 
Charleston County Veterans Affairs Office(843) 974-6360The Charleson County Veterans Affairs Office helps veterans and their spouses or survivors file applications to determine their eligibility for VA programs, benefits and healthcare services. Some benefits that the office helps visitors apply for include medical care, service-connected disability compensation, non-service-connected pension and government life insurance. 
Lowcountry Senior Center(843) 762-9555The Lowcountry Senior Center is open to adults aged 50 and over and provides a broad range of social and recreational programs. It hosts regular activities, such as art classes, quilters groups, a photography club, a knitting circle and a writing circle. Members can participate in exercise classes, including yoga, strength training and pickleball lessons. The center also has a fitness center with age-friendly exercise equipment, a computer lab and outdoor paved walking trails. 
South Carolina Legal Services(843) 720-7044South Carolina Legal Services provides free civil legal aid for county residents aged 60 and over. This nonprofit agency helps seniors obtain public benefits that may help them cover assisted living expenses, including Medicaid, Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income. It can help seniors appeal denied health insurance claims or canceled policies. It can also assist seniors with drafting wills and assigning powers of attorney. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Charleston County

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.

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in South Carolina