Georgetown is a beautiful coastal city on Winyah Bay in South Carolina that attracts seniors with its low cost of living, friendly tax policies and access to quality healthcare. For these reasons and more, nearly one in every five residents in the city is aged 65 and older. 

Some of the seniors in Georgetown reside in assisted living facilities because they need a bit of help with daily activities, such as light housekeeping, grooming, laundry and meal preparation. Older adults who need more intensive care and supervision may require a nursing facility. Assisted living facilities are not for completely independent adults, as there are more affordable options. The average cost of assisted living communities in Georgetown is $4,620 per month

Using this guide, seniors and families can find out whether Georgetown is the right place to find assisted living by comparing costs with nearby cities and learning about the benefits and drawbacks of life in the community. Links to valuable senior resources are also included.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Georgetown, SC

Morningside of Georgetown

2628 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC, 29440

My Mama became a resident, hesitantly at first, after living alone for quite some time. After a week she was "at home"! Once again involved and enjoying her life. The loving care she received and fri … (read more)
My Mama became a resident, hesitantly at first, after living alone for quite some time. After a week she was "at home"! Once again involved and enjoying her life. The loving care she received and fri … (read more)

South Island Assisted Living

2902 South Island Road, Georgetown, SC, 29440

We found a facility called South Island Assisted Living for my ex-husband. We chose this facility, for it fits as far as the budget that we can afford. The facility was very nice, and everyone was als … (read more)
We found a facility called South Island Assisted Living for my ex-husband. We chose this facility, for it fits as far as the budget that we can afford. The facility was very nice, and everyone was als … (read more)

OASIS RESIDENTIAL HOME

2317 Prince Street, Georgetown, SC, 29440

the facility have an terrible smell , the residents body and clothing are dirty !!! the food need to be prepared by a licensed dietitian not someone with no experience on the right way to prepare meal … (read more)
the facility have an terrible smell , the residents body and clothing are dirty !!! the food need to be prepared by a licensed dietitian not someone with no experience on the right way to prepare meal … (read more)

2021, 2022

The Lakes at Litchfield

120 Lakes at Litchfield Drive, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585

The Lakes at Litchfield has a few levels, and I saw all of them. It was nice and big. The residents weren’t hanging out in the hallways, and they looked happy. The staff was nice, attentive, and genui … (read more)
The Lakes at Litchfield has a few levels, and I saw all of them. It was nice and big. The residents weren’t hanging out in the hallways, and they looked happy. The staff was nice, attentive, and genui … (read more)

Arbor Landing at Pawleys

10729 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585

We visited Arbor Landing in Pawleys Island, and it was very nice. The place is only two years old, so it was brand new, and everything there was in excellent condition. They had a lot of nice decorati … (read more)
We visited Arbor Landing in Pawleys Island, and it was very nice. The place is only two years old, so it was brand new, and everything there was in excellent condition. They had a lot of nice decorati … (read more)

Sunny Pines Boarding Home

108 Gapway Rd., Andrews, SC, 29510

My brother is staying in Sunny Pines Boarding Home. It’s a nice place. I’ve been there before. It’s a normal place for senior living. It is a group home where they have ten or more people there. They … (read more)
My brother is staying in Sunny Pines Boarding Home. It’s a nice place. I’ve been there before. It’s a normal place for senior living. It is a group home where they have ten or more people there. They … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Georgetown

Assisted living communities in South Carolina are officially known as Community Residential Care Facilities (CRCF). They are licensed and regulated by the Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing division within the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Georgetown

  • Seniors in Georgetown enjoy low housing and transportation costs. The city’s overall cost of living is 16.8% lower than the national average and 5.3% lower than the South Carolina average. These low costs help older adults in the area maximize their social security benefits and other forms of retirement income.
  • Friendly tax policies for seniors make Georgetown an even more affordable place to retire. Income from social security benefits is exempt from tax, and all other forms of retirement income have significant deductions for residents aged 65 and older. Seniors aged 85 and older get a 1% reduction on all sales taxes. 
  • Rates of violent and property crime are relatively high in Georgetown compared to the state and national averages. On a scale of 1 to 100, violent crime is 56.9 and property crime is 70.9. Assisted living facilities protect their residents against crime by implementing security features, including controlled access points, perimeter fences and surveillance. 
  • Georgetown gets 54 inches of rain per year on average, which is significantly higher than the national average of 38 inches. Despite the high amount of rain, the city gets 210 sunny days per year. Winters are mild compared to many other parts of the east coast. It’s rare for the area to receive any snowfall. 
  • While Georgetown has a relatively small population, residents have access to a hospital right in the city limits. Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital has 131 beds and is known for its advanced primary stroke center. There is an average number of Medicare registered physicians in the city. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Georgetown

The average cost of assisted living in Georgetown is $4,620 per month according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020. The average for South Carolina is $3,988, meaning Georgetown is one of the more expensive places for assisted living in the state. Costs here are also high compared to the national average of $4,300 per month. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Georgetown has high assisted living costs compared to nearby cities in South Carolina. Charleston, which is further south down the coastline, has a monthly average of $3,600. Sumpter is further inland and has the least expensive assisted living costs in the state. There, the average cost is $2,200 per month. The city of Florence is located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Interstate 20, and the average price for assisted living is $4,163 per month. 

$4620

Georgetown

$3988

South Carolina

$4300

The United States

$4163

Florence

$2200

Sumpter

$3600

Charleston

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living facilities are the second most expensive type of senior care in Georgetown. The most expensive is nursing homes due to the high level of medical care that they provide for their residents. The average price is $6,600 for a semiprivate room and $7,087 per month for a private room. Adult day health care costs just $1,283 per month, while both homemaker services and home health aides average $4,147 per month.

$4147

Homemaker Services

$4147

Home Health Aide

$1283

Adult Day Health Care

$4620

Assisted Living Facility

$6600

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7087

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Georgetown was unavailable, so data for the closest city, Myrtle Beach, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Georgetown

Georgetown seniors may be eligible for South Carolina’s Optional State Supplementation Program (OSS). It provides cash assistance to approved Community Residential Care Facilities to help cover assisted living costs.

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 Georgetown

Seniors and families in Georgetown have access to several county, regional and state government programs that can improve access to assisted living or make life better in long-term care.  These resources offer financial assistance as well as valuable information. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(843) 545-3196

Georgetown County's Bureau of Aging Services offers programs that can improve the lives of seniors living in assisted living. While the county provides some services, most programs are available at the local senior center. Seniors who visit the center can enjoy everything from computer classes to holiday celebrations. The Georgetown Senior Center also hosts health promotion activities, meals and safety courses. Transportation to and from the center is provided.

(843) 546-8502

The Waccamaw Area Agency on Aging serves seniors and families in Georgetown and many of the surrounding communities. One of its primary services is to improve the quality of life in local assisted living communities. In addition, they offer health insurance counseling and general information about community resources. Free, non-emergency rides are available for doctor's visits, social activities and visits to service providers. 

(800) 868-9095

South Carolina's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program helps seniors in assisted living facilities resolve problems. Seniors, as well as other concerned parties, can contact the ombudsman when they want to report rights violations, improper transfers or discharges and any form of abuse, neglect or exploitation. The ombudsman program also acts as an advocate for assisted living residents and their families, providing important information and helping them navigate their options.

(843) 545-3330

Representatives from the Georgetown County Veterans Affairs visit assisted living communities in Georgetown often to assist veterans and surviving dependents with benefits and many other issues. In some cases, they can help residents obtain additional funding, such as Aid & Attendance, to pay for support services or equipment. Agents can also help veterans order prescription medications and schedule hospital appointments.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Georgetown

Georgetown-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