Myrtle Beach is a city along the Atlantic Coast in South Carolina. It has a population of around 36,000, with almost 22% of seniors aged 65 and older. Residents who like outdoor activities may be drawn to the coast’s warm temperatures, sandy beaches, golf courses, shopping, and other attractions. The city offers a low cost of living, and health care is affordable, with numerous physicians accepting Medicaid. It also has several top-notch hospitals for accidents, illnesses and chronic disease treatment.

A wonderful residential option for seniors who require minimal care is assisted living, which includes support with activities of daily living such as housekeeping, laundry, grooming, bathing, meals and transportation. There are seven assisted living communities in Myrtle Beach and eight nearby, offering seniors plenty of choices. These communities have an average cost of $4,070 per month.

This guide covers the cost of communities in Myrtle Beach and other areas throughout the state, as well as the cost of other types of long-term care. It also provides a list of valuable resources for seniors looking for other types of community aid.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Myrtle Beach, SC

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)

2014, 2016

Myrtle Beach Manor

9547 Highway 17, North, PO Box 986, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

Myrtle Beach Manor is close to Tanger Outlets, Northwood Plaza Shopping Center and Grand Strand Medical Center in South Carolina. Reviewers compliment the clean, pet-friendly apartments and well-decor … (read more)
Myrtle Beach Manor is close to Tanger Outlets, Northwood Plaza Shopping Center and Grand Strand Medical Center in South Carolina. Reviewers compliment the clean, pet-friendly apartments and well-decor … (read more)

2022

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)

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)

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)

Indigo at Carolina Forest

176 Village Center Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579

We toured this community, looking for assisted living and/or memory care for our Mom. It’s brand new, we honestly went pass it several times (it’s a very white building with no character), no spl … (read more)
We toured this community, looking for assisted living and/or memory care for our Mom. It’s brand new, we honestly went pass it several times (it’s a very white building with no character), no spl … (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)

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)

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)

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)

Hope Arbor of Murrells Inlet

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)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach

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 Myrtle Beach

Long-term care facilities, including assisted living communities in South Carolina, are regulated by the Bureau of Health Facility Licensing (BHFL). The office inspects facilities to ensure they are maintaining state and federal standards and providing licenses to new communities. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach

  • There are three excellent hospitals for the treatment of illness and injury in Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand Regional Medical Center provides specialized treatment for a variety of conditions, including oncology, behavioral health, cardiology, stroke, hip and knee replacements and urgent care. Other hospitals include the Georgetown Hospital System and McLeod Health.
  • Myrtle Beach gets approximately 218 sunny days per year with only around one inch of snow. January lows are around 35 degrees while summer highs are around 89. The city gets above average amounts of rainfall throughout the year, but the mild temperatures provide plenty of opportunities for exploring the city.
  • Seniors on a budget may find Myrtle Beach an affordable option for retiring. The city has a low cost of living (84.8 out of 100), with the average cost of groceries, health care, housing and transportation much less than the state and national averages.
  • According to the BestPlaces Air Quality Index, Myrtle Beach has an average that is higher than the national average. Seniors with respiratory illness may have fewer occurrences of illness or flareups.
  • South Carolina is a tax-friendly state for seniors. Social Security retirement benefits aren’t taxed and there’s a $15,000 deduction on taxable income for other forms of retirement. The state also has some of the lowest property tax rates in the state, which means seniors may keep more of their income at the end of the year.

Paying for Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach

When planning for long-term care, it’s important to consider the median cost in an area. According to Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the average for assisted living in Myrtle Beach is $4,070 per month. This is $458 more than the state average and $430 less than the national average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Hilton Head Island communities ($4,500) cost around the same as the national average, while those in Greenville, Columbia and Sumter all cost less than those in Myrtle Beach at $3,743, $3,270 and $2,663 per month, respectively.

$4070

Myrtle Beach

$3612

South Carolina

$4500

The United States

$3743

Greenville

$3270

Columbia

$4500

Hilton Head Island

$2663

Sumter

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

There are several alternatives for long-term care that address a variety of needs. Seniors who prefer to remain in their own homes can get care through homemaker services at $4,576 or a home health aide, which offers medical care, at $4,767 monthly. For seniors who live at home with caregivers who work during weekdays, adult day health care is the most affordable option at $1,300. Assisted living facility costs around $4,070 for seniors who need minimal daily help, while a nursing home provides the most intensive care with round-the-clock skilled nursing. A semiprivate room, on average, is around $6,372 and a private room is $6,684 per month.

$4576

Homemaker Services

$4767

Home Health Aide

$1300

Adult Day Health Care

$4070

Assisted Living Facility

$6372

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$6684

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach

Low-income seniors in Myrtle Beach may be able to take advantage of a Medicaid program called Community Long Term Care (CLTC). This initiative, run by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, promotes freedom of choice, allowing seniors who would otherwise be placed in a nursing home to explore other options, including assisted living.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living 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 Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach seniors can get help through public and private organizations to help address daily needs. This list provides information on some of the most common and helpful resources within the city.

Resource

Contact

Service

(843) 626-3991

The HCCOA is a nonprofit corporation that provides various programs and services for seniors who live within the county. The goal of the HCCOA is to keep seniors healthy and active within their communities. They manage the HCCOA Grand Strand Senior Center, which features an activities calendar, classes, and other resources.

(843) 546-8502

The local Area Agency on Aging advocates for programs and services for seniors in the tri-county area. These programs include information about support, education and small grants to families and caregivers, health insurance counseling and no-cost transportation.

(800) 868-9095

I-CARE is operated by the South Carolina Department on Aging. Volunteers provide individual and unbiased insurance counseling that helps seniors understand Medicare options and coverage amounts. Information is also provided on supplemental insurance and prescription drug plans.

(888) 227-3487

The APS investigates and helps seniors who’ve experienced abuse, neglect and exploitation. The agency can also provide temporary housing until the grievance has been resolved.

(843) 488-0865

Coast RTA Paratransit provides curb-to-curb reduced-fare transportation to seniors and those with disabilities. A doctor’s written statement of a short-term or permanent disability is required to qualify. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

(843) 232-2441

The Myrtle Beach Vet Center assists veterans in obtaining benefits and services. This includes health care, counseling, education, job help and assistance transitioning from the military to civilian life. The Aid and Attendance benefit also helps low-income veterans pay for activities of daily living while in long-term care.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach 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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in South Carolina