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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Murrells Inlet, SC for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Murrells Inlet, SC below include 21 Assisted Living facilities with 226 reviews. On average in Murrells Inlet, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 4.4 out of 5 stars.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Murrells Inlet

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is responsible for licensing and overseeing community residential care facilities as well as nursing homes, hospitals and home care providers. This government agency enforces health and safety regulations and quality of care standards designed to protect residents’ health and well-being.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Murrells Inlet

  • Seniors in Murrells Inlet can enjoy a comfortable coastal climate. Temperatures range from a low of 36 degrees in January to a high of 90 in July. The city receives an above-average amount of rain but just 1 inch of snow. Assisted living facilities typically provide individual climate controls for added comfort.
  • The cost of living in Murrells Inlet is slightly higher than the state median, but it’s about six points lower than the national average. Transportation is particularly affordable. Assisted living facilities can also help with budgeting by ensuring that seniors have more consistent monthly expenses.
  • South Carolina is one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees according to Kiplinger, which makes Murrells Inlet an affordable location for seniors. The state has some of the lowest property tax rates in the nation. However, sales taxes are high at 8%. Social Security benefits aren’t taxed, and there are additional tax exemptions for residents aged 55 and older.
  • Quality health care services are readily available at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, which is ranked as high performing in five procedures. Several other medical centers are located in the surrounding area. 
  • Murrells Inlet receives a B rating for crime. The number of property crimes and violent offenses is 30% lower than the national average, which can provide peace of mind for seniors who live at home or in assisted living.
  • Seniors who don’t drive or who need help getting out and about can take advantage of accessible transportation services offered by the county’s Bureau of Aging Services. Rides are available to local senior centers, medical facilities and shopping areas.

Paying for Assisted Living in Murrells Inlet

Assisted living facilities in Murrells Inlet charge $4,070 per month. Although rates are higher than the state median of $3,612, residents save about $430 compared to the national average despite the community’s desirable coastal location.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

When it comes to assisted living prices, Murrells Inlet compares favorably to some, but not all, nearby cities. Charleston is slightly more affordable at $3,945. Prices in Florence are even lower at $3,456. In Hilton Head, the median increases to $4,500, which is on par with the national average. Rates in Wilmington are almost $1,200 higher based on a median of $5,254.

Murrells Inlet

$4,070

South Carolina

$3,612

United States

$4,500

Florence

$3,456

Charleston

$3,945

Hilton Head

$4,500

Wilmington, NC

$4,254

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Long-term care prices vary significantly depending on where you receive care and the type of services you need. The most affordable option is adult day health care at $1,300. The cost of home-based care ranges from $4,576-$4,767 per month. All of these alternatives, including assisted living, are more affordable than nursing homes, which charge $6,372 per month on average.

In-Home Care

$4,576

Home Health Care

$4,767

Adult Day Health Care

$1,300

Assisted Living Facility

$4,070

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6,372

Note: Care cost data for Murrells Inlet was not available, so data for the closest city, Myrtle Beach, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Murrells Inlet

Financial help is available for seniors who need help paying for community residential care facilities in Murrells Inlet and the state of South Carolina through the state’s Medicaid Plan. Eligible individuals must meet all Medicaid program requirements and must receive the optional state supplement (OSS) to the federal Supplemental Security Income program (SSI). The OSS provides payments for room and board, however, family cannot contribute to to get a private room.

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 Murrells Inlet

Seniors who need help assessing their personal needs or accessing local services can contact the following agencies for assistance. Many helpful resources are available through government agencies, local senior centers and community-based nonprofits.

ResourceContactService
Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments(843) 546-8502Based in Georgetown, WRCOG serves as the Area Agency on Aging for seniors in Murrells Inlet and surrounding areas. It provides one-on-one counseling to help seniors access necessary supports, including assisted living, in-home care, transportation and relief for unpaid caregivers. Its long-term care ombudsman represents individuals who require residential care.
Horry County Council on Aging(843) 248-5523Working in partnership with the community's Area Agency on Aging, this regional nonprofit operates senior centers across South Carolina's Pee Dee region, including a location in Surfside Beach. It provides social activities, companionship, telephone reassurance calls, health insurance counseling, volunteer opportunities and much more.
Georgetown County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services(843) 545-3275This county department offers a wide range of programs and resources for older adults. The Bureau of Aging Services operates several local senior centers that offer clubs, classes and creative activities. It also provides transportation, congregate meals, farmers' market vouchers and in-home care.
Neighbor to Neighbor(843) 839-0702Neighbor to Neighbor is a local nonprofit serving disabled, homebound and chronically ill adults in Murrells Inlet and several coastal counties. Transportation is available to medical appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks. It also offers volunteer opportunities for those who want to provide rides.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Murrells Inlet

Murrells Inlet 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.

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