27 Assisted Living Facilities near Columbia, SC

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Columbia, SC

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Wildewood Downs

Provides: Assisted Living
731 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223
"My mother recently died after living in independent living for over ten years. There is no doubt Wildewood Downs added years of quality to her life. Wildewood is a small town with a wide-range..." More

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Atria Forest Lake

Provides: Assisted Living
4405 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206
"Atria Forest Lake is a homey and small facility. The facility was beautifully well-maintained and it's like you're visiting somebody at home atmosphere. It's more like an apartment complex because..." More

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Caring Star 2016

Harmony at Columbia

Provides: Assisted Living
2300 Clemson Rd. , Columbia, SC 29229
"The first thing I noticed about Harmony at Columbia, besides the friendliness of the person that greeted me, was the cleanliness of the facility. It was light and welcoming. The first thing that I..." More
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Mill Creek Manor

Provides: Assisted Living
651 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223
"My mom will be moving to Mill Creek Manor's assisted living. My brother and my wife went down with me there and loved it. Sometimes you go to a nursing home and it smells like a nursing home or..." More

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Caring Star 2015

Brookdale Columbia

Provides: Assisted Living
251 Springtree Drive, Columbia, SC 29223
"We visited Brookdale, and it was just beyond us financially. It’s a beautiful facility, and the overall atmosphere was positive. We met the sales director who was very nice, very professional, and..." More

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Brookdale Harbison

Provides: Assisted Living
51 Woodcross Drive, Columbia, SC 29212
"Brookdale Harbison was a clean environment. They were well-staffed and the facilities were very nice and looked comfortable. I met all the staff and they were very friendly. They got everything..." More

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Rice Estate

Provides: Assisted Living
100 Finley Road, Columbia, SC 29203
"Nestled at the end of a quiet suburban street beneath towering hardwoods overhead and surrounded by wetlands is Rice Estate, a beautiful and welcoming continuing care retirement community...." More

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Carolina Gardens at Kathwood

Provides: Assisted Living
4520 Trenhom Road, Columbia, SC 29206
"We toured Carolina Gardens at Kathwood, and my mom loved it. It was probably her favorite. We had certain things that were more important to us than other things. One of them was my mom just wants..." More

Joanne's Community Care Home II

Provides: Assisted Living
756 Farrowood Drive, Columbia, SC 29223
"Joanne'S Community Care Home in Elgin, SC provides Assisted Living, Memory Care services. The staff at Joanne'S Community Care Home provide personalized services designed to meet the needs of..." More

NHC HealthCare, Parklane

Provides: Assisted Living
7601 Parklane Rd, Columbia, SC 29223
"I've been to The Palmettos of Parklane (NHC Healthcare). It was very spacious and had a very nice dining room and big activity room. The lady who toured me there was very nice and hospitable. Their..." More

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Fairforest Grove Senior Living

Provides: Assisted Living
120 Fairforest Rd, Columbia, SC 29212
"Fairforest Grove Senior Living was a very nice and friendly place. The atmosphere was just something that I would like for my mom to be. I felt like I won't have to worry about her and the care she..." More

Merrill Gardens at Columbia

Provides: Assisted Living
2205 Gregg Street, Columbia, SC 29201
"My parents have moved into Merrill Gardens at Columbia. It's newer, nice, clean, and had more to offer. They have washers and dryers in their units. Mom has a full kitchen, and her unit was nice..." More

Watercrest Columbia

Provides: Assisted Living
1951 Clemson Rd, Columbia, SC 29223
"My mother-in-law is in the assisted living of Watercrest Columbia. It's a new building so it's very up-to-date and very nice. Her room is also the same. The staff is very caring and attentive to..." More

Life Care Center of Columbia

Provides: Assisted Living
2514 FARAWAY DRIVE, Columbia, SC 29223

Harbison Hall

Provides: Assisted Living
534 Wil Stel Rd, Columbia, SC 29210
"My ex-husband is at Harbison Hall for only a day, so I don't really have a basis to judge. But it's very nice. It is definitely affordable, too. The staff is nice and they provide him with normal..." More

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Jenni-Lynn Senior Living

Provides: Assisted Living
915 Hook Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29169
"Jenni-Lynn Senior Living is a clean place. All the common areas are spacious and they have outdoor garden areas, which I think my mother would enjoy. It is kind of a quaint little place. They have..." More

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Harbison Shores

Provides: Assisted Living
990 Columbia Avenue, Irmo, SC 29063
"We toured Harbison Shores, and it just was hands down winner. The price was relatively reasonable, although none of them are super affordable. It looked clean and well-kept. You could tell that..." More

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Colonial Gardens

Provides: Assisted Living
3565 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169
"Transitional assisted living and secured memory care community in an attractive, comforting setting with thoughtfully designed living spaces and enclosed outdoor walking paths." More

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English Meadows Lexington Campus

Provides: Assisted Living
5422 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29072
"English Meadows Lexington Campus was very nice and very clean. They had a good activity director up there. The atmosphere was nice. It would be someplace I could live. The staff seemed very..." More

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Wellmore of Lexington

Provides: Assisted Living
200 Wellmore Drive, Lexington, SC 29072
"I had a very nice time at Wellmore of Lexington. The facility itself was clean, up to date, and decorated nicely. It's a cheerful atmosphere. All the staff were very positive. The clients who were..." More

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Caring Star 2015

The Pines at Columbia Assisted Living...

Provides: Assisted Living
190 McSwain Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169
"We visited Lexington Place for my mother-in-law. We had a great tour. The person who carried us around, I can't remember her name, was very nice, very thorough, and answered all our questions. She..." More

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Caring Star 2014

Morningside of Lexington

Provides: Assisted Living
218 Old Chapin Road, Lexington, SC 29072
"Morningside of Lexington was very nice. The person who accommodated me was very professional. The dining area looked clean and the apartment was nice. However, the place would not meet my fiance's..." More

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Oakleaf Village of Lexington

Provides: Assisted Living
800 North Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072
"My loved one has been staying at Oakleaf Village of Lexington. It's a very nice and well-maintained facility. It's clean and smells good. All the staff is very nice, attentive, and caring. They..." More

Generations of Irmo

Provides: Assisted Living
7142 Woodrow St., Irmo, SC 29063
"Everything seemed very positive at Generations. The place was very well kept and very nice. They’re adding a new wing, in which we have two rooms, so we’re waiting for the construction to finish...." More

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The Columbia Presbyterian Community

Provides: Assisted Living
700 DaVega Drive, Lexington, SC 29073
"I was impressed with the two places I visited, but I'm leaning toward Columbia Presbyterian Community. It was a beautiful facility and seemed to offer more amenities. I was really pleased with the..." More

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Carolina Gardens at West Columbia

Provides: Assisted Living
2705 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, SC 29169
"Carolina Gardens at West Columbia is a nice assisted living community and the services are exceptional. I have read some negative comments about the place, but you can't make everybody happy no..." More

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Rapha Residential Care

Provides: Assisted Living
3959 Fish Hatchery Road, Gaston, SC 29053
"My father is currently at Rapha and I am so impressed with the staff. They are warm caring and understanding. They take the time to update me when I ask questions. It is obvious that my Dad is..." More

    What to Consider About Assisted Living in Columbia

    Columbia is the capital of South Carolina and is situated at the source of the Congaree River. With around 14 percent of residents aged 60 or over, Columbia has a number of assisted living facilities to meet the needs of the locals. There are 23 such communities in the Columbia area, with 11 inside the city limits and 12 in the surrounding areas of West Columbia, Lexington, Gaston, Elgin and Irmo. The South Carolina Department of Environmental Control is responsible for the regulation of assisted living communities in Columbia, and ensures that facilities operate in way that ensures residents' needs and wants are appropriately met. 

    Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Columbia

    • The crime rate in Columbia is drastically higher in comparison to the rest of South Carolina and the United States. The violent crime rate is around 8.6 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is over double the national average of 4 crimes per 1,000 people. The property crime rate is also much higher than the national average at 58 crimes per 1,000 residents compared to 25 crimes per 1,000 people, meaning some seniors may not feel as safe in Columbia as they would elsewhere in the state.
    • Columbia has a fantastic variety of activities to occupy seniors who enjoy immersing themselves in the arts. There are more than a dozen theaters and countless art galleries and installations, with many, such as The Nickelodeon, offering discounts to seniors.

    • With an average annual high temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 52 degrees Fahrenheit, the weather in Columbia is generally mild and doesn't pose a risk to seniors with illnesses that may be aggravated by poor weather. 

    • The Columbia area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Palmetto Health Richland, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.

    • Columbia is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, meaning that its elected leadership “has made the commitment to actively work toward making their town, city or county a great place for people of all ages,” according to AARP.

    • Columbia has an array of community resources for seniors, including Hands On Health, an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles among seniors, as well as three other senior centers.

    Paying for Assisted Living in Columbia

    Average Monthly Costs

    Cities in South Carolina

    $4,000.00 US
    $3,800.00 Chapin
    $3,588.00 Elgin
    $3,546.00 Columbia
    $3,515.00 Lexington
    $3,000.00 Ridgeway
    $2,999.00 Irmo
    $2,481.00 West Columbia

    Assisted Living costs in Columbia start around $3,546 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 Columbia 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 Columbia

    Eligible seniors in South Carolina can receive financial assistance from the state's Medicaid program, Health Connections

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

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    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 Columbia

    Columbia 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 Columbia, please visit our Assisted Living in South Carolina page.

    Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Columbia

    Columbia-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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    Assisted Living near Columbia, SC

    Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Columbia

    • Review of Mill Creek Manor

      Mill Creek Manor was very clean. The staff was very nice. I don't have any negative things to say about it. I did not try the food and the only room that I saw was under construction. They didn't h... Read more

    • Review of Merrill Gardens at Columbia

      My parents have moved into Merrill Gardens at Columbia. It's newer, nice, clean, and had more to offer. They have washers and dryers in their units. Mom has a full kitchen, and her unit was nice an... Read more

    • Review of Mill Creek Manor

      My mom will be moving to Mill Creek Manor's assisted living. My brother and my wife went down with me there and loved it. Sometimes you go to a nursing home and it smells like a nursing home or ass... Read more

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