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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Summerville, SC for 2024

Summerville is a pleasant town in Dorchester County that offers a more leisurely pace of life than its bigger neighbor, Charleston. It’s known for early spring flower shows in its private and public gardens and parks. The town also has low rates of violent crime, good hospitals and numerous restaurants and coffee shops. The 2020 Census found Summerville’s seniors comprise 13.8% of its almost 51,000 residents, which is a little below the national average.

Seniors who find daily tasks, such as getting in and out of bed and bathing, increasingly difficult may want to consider assisted living. In these facilities, they’ll find staff who can assist with their personal care, clean their rooms, do laundry and prepare their meals and snacks. Assisted living communities also have popular amenities, such as beauty salons/barbershops and organized social events. In Summerville, the typical monthly fee is $3,945 or roughly 8.4% above the state average.

This guide considers the benefits and drawbacks of living in Summerville and compares its assisted living costs to other cities in the Lowcountry. It also reviews costs for types of senior care and includes a short list of free resources for seniors in Summerville.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Summerville

In South Carolina, community residential care (assisted living) facilities cannot operate until they’re approved and licensed by the Department of Health and Environmental Control Division of Health Licensing. Licensed facilities receive unannounced inspections at least once every two years to ensure they’re abiding by the terms of their licenses. The department revokes licenses from underperforming facilities.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Summerville

  • Sperling’s BestPlaces gives Summerville an average cost of living index of 99.6, which is above South Carolina’s index. The primary reason appears to be the cost of housing, which is unlikely to be of concern to residents in assisted living facilities. What may appeal is the below state average health cost index of 98.4, which suggests overall health costs in the town are lower than normal for South Carolina.
  • At around 51 inches per year, rainfall is above average in Summerville, while snowfall is rare. Consequently, precipitation during the summer months, when temperatures average 92 degrees, results in some uncomfortably humid days. However, winter temperatures infrequently fall below 35 degrees, which can be pleasantly cool for older residents.
  • Summerville scores 54/100 on the BestPlaces Air Quality Index, which is slightly below the norm, while the town’s water quality scores an above-average 61/100. Summerville has also taken great steps toward cleaning its contaminated land — a process that is known to provide health benefits for residents. 
  • Summerville’s crime statistics provide good and bad news. Violent crime is less common than normal for South Carolina, with Sperling’s BestPlaces ranking it at 13.9, which is below the U.S. average of 22.7. Property crime is more common, ranking 49.9 on the scale, which is above the country’s norm of 35.4. Seniors concerned about crime should know many Summerville neighborhoods are safer than others, and assisted living facilities often include security and surveillance systems as standard.
  • There are two well-regarded hospitals in Summerville. Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital is a full-service facility with a 24-hour emergency room and departments specializing in an array of medical procedures, including cardiology, orthopedics, urology and critical care. U.S. News and World Report rates the facility’s pneumonia procedure as high-performing. There’s also Summerville Medical Center, a 124-bed acute-care facility specializing in various services, including cardiac and stroke care.
  • Tel-A-Ride is a paratransit program for residents in the CARTA service area who can’t use fixed route alternatives due to mobility issues. Rides can be for any purpose, including shopping trips, medical appointments and visiting friends.

Paying for Assisted Living in Summerville

The median monthly fee for assisted living in Summerville is $3,945, which is more than the $3,612 standard fee for South Carolina. However, Summerville seniors pay less than the typical American, who is likely to pay around $4,500 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Although Summerville’s median monthly assisted living fee of $3,945 is above the state average, it isn’t as expensive as some locations in the Lowcountry. For example, Myrtle Beach seniors typically pay $4,070, while their peers on Hilton Head Island pay around $4,500 for similar services. However, more affordable alternatives are available, such as Columbia, where the norm is $3,270, and Sumter, which has the state’s lowest median fee of $2,663.



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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

In-home care and home health care share the same median fee of $5,005, despite the former delivering nonmedical care and the latter providing medical care. Adult day care centers charge the lowest fees, at $1,381, followed by assisted living at $3,945. Nursing homes deliver the highest level of medical care short of a hospital, which explains why a semiprivate room typically costs $7,513 per month in Summerville. 

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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Hilton Head Island

South Carolina offers a Medicaid program called the Community Choices Waiver, that includes assisted living for senior citizens. It allows individuals who would otherwise require a nursing home to receive assistance with their daily living in a community setting or their own home.

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

Financial Assistance 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 Summerville

Summerville seniors in need can call on the support of numerous agencies and organizations that provide help free of charge. The following list includes a sample of what’s available in the town, which includes support for assisted living residents in dispute with their care providers, veterans not getting all the benefits they can and seniors needing legal advice in matters of civil law.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(843) 554-2280Ombudsmen routinely visit seniors in. long-term facilities to engage with them directly and confidentially, inform them of their rights and investigate issues they have with the quality of their care. Ombudsmen can negotiate with care providers to find solutions. However, if an investigation reveals possible criminal behavior, the ombudsman will refer it to the appropriate authority.
Dorchester County Veterans Affairs(843) 832-0050Dorchester County Veterans Affairs is a department tasked with assisting U.S. military veterans and their dependents in all matters relating to benefits and veterans' affairs. It helps vets apply for county, state and federal benefits and challenge decisions if applications are rejected or benefits limited as well as file compensation claims and apply for burial benefits.
Faith Sellers Senior Center(843) 871-5053Faith Sellers Senior Center is a 16,000-square-foot facility in Summerville at the hub of the elder community. Members can participate in a range of programs aimed at education, entertainment and wellness, such as arts and crafts classes, card games, bingo and speeches. There is also a gym room, computer lab, billiard room and library.
South Carolina Legal Services(843) 720-7044South Carolina Legal Services is a grant-funded nonprofit corporation that provides free legal services in noncriminal matters to low-income Summerville residents. It can assist seniors strengthen control over their health care decisions, such as through living wills and power of attorney, as well as with other aspects of law specific to elders including abuse and identity theft.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Summerville

Summerville 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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Review of TerraBella Summerville

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