Murrells Inlet is a small community with a big reputation. Located just outside Myrtle Beach, this city of approximately 10,000 is known as the Seafood Capital of South Carolina. Once a quaint fishing town, Murrells Inlet has become a retirement hot spot. Today, more than one in three residents is aged 65 or older.

Many seniors find they need some extra help as they age. Adults who want to maintain their independence while having access to outside assistance if needed may consider assisted living. These facilities provide housing, meals, activities, 24-hour staffing and many other services for a single monthly fee, which can help with budgeting. In Murrells Inlet, the median cost of care is $4,070, which is higher than the state median but $430 less than the national average, according to Genworth Financial’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

In this guide, you’ll find information about what it’s like to live in the local area, including expected costs and available resources and amenities. We also provide an in-depth comparison of assisted living prices in neighboring areas to help you make an informed decision.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Murrells Inlet, SC

Carolina Gardens at Garden City

11951 Grandhaven Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576

I had lunch at Carolina Gardens at Garden City with my parents. They really liked it. It seemed as though they were very patient oriented. The staff were very friendly and outgoing. The food was very … (read more)
I had lunch at Carolina Gardens at Garden City with my parents. They really liked it. It seemed as though they were very patient oriented. The staff were very friendly and outgoing. The food was very … (read more)

St Gabriel of Murrells Inlet

699 Prince Creek Parkway, Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576

We’re on a waiting list at St. Gabriel of Murrells Inlet. I visited both assisted living and memory care. The thing that I liked about it is that they’re gonna let my mother stay in assisted living fo … (read more)
We’re on a waiting list at St. Gabriel of Murrells Inlet. I visited both assisted living and memory care. The thing that I liked about it is that they’re gonna let my mother stay in assisted living fo … (read more)

Inlet Coastal Resort

5087 Highway 17 N. Bypass, Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576

Inlet Coastal Resort is located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, close to Huntington Beach State Park, Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Inlet Square Mall. Visitors speak highly of the commu … (read more)
Inlet Coastal Resort is located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, close to Huntington Beach State Park, Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Inlet Square Mall. Visitors speak highly of the commu … (read more)

Inlet Oaks Assisted Living and Memory Care

12287 Hwy 707, Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576

Hope Arbor of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, is close to Huntington Beach State Park and the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk. Visitors give high marks to the facility for its cleanliness, spacious rooms an … (read more)
Hope Arbor of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, is close to Huntington Beach State Park and the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk. Visitors give high marks to the facility for its cleanliness, spacious rooms an … (read more)

Garden Manor Village

100 Garden Manor Court, Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576

Garden Manor Village is located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, five minutes from the beautiful beaches of Garden City, close to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and a short drive to Myrtle Beach. Resi … (read more)
Garden Manor Village is located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, five minutes from the beautiful beaches of Garden City, close to the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and a short drive to Myrtle Beach. Resi … (read more)

Palmettos of Garden City

9415 Frontage Road, Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576

The Palmettos of Garden City is wonderful. It’s brand new, very clean, open, and airy. They have a lot of common areas to sit and socialize. Their staff is wonderful, I met their medical and nursing d … (read more)
The Palmettos of Garden City is wonderful. It’s brand new, very clean, open, and airy. They have a lot of common areas to sit and socialize. Their staff is wonderful, I met their medical and nursing d … (read more)

2022, 2023

Myrtle Beach Grove Senior Living

3620 Happy Woods Court, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588

Myrtle Beach Estates is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, near the city’s boardwalk and a state park. Visitors describe the facility as clean and bright, with a staff that is professional and i … (read more)
Myrtle Beach Estates is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, near the city’s boardwalk and a state park. Visitors describe the facility as clean and bright, with a staff that is professional and i … (read more)

2015

Anderson Oaks Assisted Living

997 Highway 90, Conway, SC, 29526

Anderson Oaks Assisted Living is located in Conway, South Carolina, close to Conway Medical Center, Myrtle Beach National Golf Course and U.S. Highway 501. Visitors note the community’s wooded surroun … (read more)
Anderson Oaks Assisted Living is located in Conway, South Carolina, close to Conway Medical Center, Myrtle Beach National Golf Course and U.S. Highway 501. Visitors note the community’s wooded surroun … (read more)

2014, 2015

Brookdale Conway South Carolina

872 Singleton Ridge Road, Conway, SC, 29526

Brookdale Conway is located in Conway, South Carolina, near U.S. Highway 501, Myrtle Ridge Shopping Center and Burning Woods Golf Club. According to visitors, they serve three excellent meals daily in … (read more)
Brookdale Conway is located in Conway, South Carolina, near U.S. Highway 501, Myrtle Ridge Shopping Center and Burning Woods Golf Club. According to visitors, they serve three excellent meals daily in … (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)

Reflections Assisted Living

219 Middleburg Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579

Reflections Assisted Living is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, near Tanger Outlets, The Plaza at Carolina Forest and Myrtle Beach National Golf Course. Visitors note the community’s well-deco … (read more)
Reflections Assisted Living is located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, near Tanger Outlets, The Plaza at Carolina Forest and Myrtle Beach National Golf Course. Visitors note the community’s well-deco … (read more)

Indigo at Carolina Forest

176 Village Center Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579

I went to Indigo at Carolina Forest about two weeks ago. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about it. I got a chance to talk to people that were there while I was waiting and they loved it there. And … (read more)
I went to Indigo at Carolina Forest about two weeks ago. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about it. I got a chance to talk to people that were there while I was waiting and they loved it there. And … (read more)

Portside at Grande Dunes

901 Portside Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

Mandy toured us around Portside at Grande Dunes. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. She made sure that she spoke to my aunt asking what she wanted versus what we wanted. She was very friendly an … (read more)
Mandy toured us around Portside at Grande Dunes. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. She made sure that she spoke to my aunt asking what she wanted versus what we wanted. She was very friendly an … (read more)

2016, 2021

Brightwater

101 Brightwater Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579

I was not impressed by this community, it is very dated. It seems like all of the luxury of this senior living is geared towards the independent side of this community. My sister and I waited for a g … (read more)
I was not impressed by this community, it is very dated. It seems like all of the luxury of this senior living is geared towards the independent side of this community. My sister and I waited for a g … (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)

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)

Watercrest Myrtle Beach

6151 Colline Verde Wy, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

The Watercrest Myrtle Beach is probably the best bang for the buck. It’s brand new. It’s got lots of amenities. It has the most amenities. It has a salon, a salt room therapy, a mood room therapy, and … (read more)
The Watercrest Myrtle Beach is probably the best bang for the buck. It’s brand new. It’s got lots of amenities. It has the most amenities. It has a salon, a salt room therapy, a mood room therapy, and … (read more)

Magnolias of Myrtle Beach

601 65th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

Magnolias of Myrtle Beach is located in northern Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and near Pine Lakes Country Club. Residents and loved ones are grateful for the f … (read more)
Magnolias of Myrtle Beach is located in northern Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and near Pine Lakes Country Club. Residents and loved ones are grateful for the f … (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)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Murrells Inlet

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in South Carolina. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

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.

$4070

Murrells Inlet

$3612

South Carolina

$4500

United States

$3456

Florence

$3945

Charleston

$4500

Hilton Head

$4254

Wilmington, NC

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.

$4576

In-Home Care

$4767

Home Health Care

$1300

Adult Day Health Care

$4070

Assisted Living Facility

$6372

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

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.

Resource

Contact

Description

(843) 546-8502

Based 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.

(843) 248-5523

Working 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.

(843) 545-3275

This 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.

(843) 839-0702

Neighbor 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.