The 5 Best Memory Care Facilities in Dorchester County, SC for 2023
The average cost of memory care in Dorchester County is $5,537 per month. This is higher than the national median of $5,480. Cheaper nearby regions include Berkeley County with an average starting cost of $3,495.
To help you with your search, browse the 18 reviews below for memory care facilities in Dorchester County. On average, consumers rate memory care in Dorchester County 4.3 out of 5 stars. Better rated regions include Berkeley County with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Caring.com has helped 7 families in Dorchester County find high-quality senior care. To speak with one of our Family Advisors about memory care options and costs in Dorchester County, call (855) 863-8283.
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Directory of Memory Care Facilities in Dorchester County, SC
Harmony at Wescott
The Retreat at Summerville
Wildcat Senior Living
The Blake at Carnes Crossroads
The ARK, Alzheimer's Family Support S...
What to Consider About Memory Care in Dorchester County
Located south of Myrtle Beach, Dorchester County in South Carolina has over 136,000 residents, 13,849 of whom are seniors in the 65 and older age bracket. Some of these seniors may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia and may be among the 89,000 seniors already diagnosed in South Carolina. Dorchester County has three memory care facilities to assist these seniors, all of which are located in Summerville.
Memory care facilities, or as they’re known in Dorchester County and the rest of South Carolina, Assisted Living Facilities and Community Residential Care Facilities, are licensed by the Board of Health and Environmental Control, Division of Health Licensing.
- Residents of Dorchester County enjoy pleasant winters with lows of 34 and hot summers with highs of 92. Sperling’s Comfort Index gives the county a rank of 75 out of 100, compared to the national average of 54, which indicates that the area might be ideal for seniors with joint pains and respiratory issues.
- On a 100-point scale where 100 represents the American average, Dorchester County’s overall cost of living ranks 106.2. Groceries and healthcare rank slightly lower at 81.9 and 99, respectively, although transportation ranks slightly higher at 120. The slightly lower healthcare costs suggest that Dorchester County might be an ideal location for seniors in need of memory care.
- Seniors in Dorchester County might benefit from South Carolina’s tax-friendly status. While social security is not taxed, pensions and retirement savings account income are partially taxed. Seniors in the county who rely solely on these types of income may find that they have more money to put toward their care.
- On a 100-point scale where 100 represents the areas with the highest crime rates, Dorchester County ranks 45.8 for violent crime and 42.5 for property crime compared to the national averages of 31.1 and 38.1. When scouting out facilities, seniors’ families may want to ensure that security measures are in place to protect their loved one.
Paying for Memory Care in Dorchester County
Average Monthly Costs
Counties in South Carolina
Memory Care costs in Dorchester County start around $5,537 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,670 per month.
It’s important to note that memory care rates in Dorchester County and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Dorchester County
Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Memory Care in South Carolina page.
More Ways to Pay for Memory Care
While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:
- Veterans Benefits
- Life Insurance Policy
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- Reverse Mortgage
For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in South Carolina page.
Free Memory Care Resources in Dorchester County
Dorchester County and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in a memory care community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free memory care resources in Dorchester County, please visit our Memory Care in South Carolina page.
Directory of Winners in the Dorchester County Area
Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Dorchester County
Dorchester County-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities in South Carolina are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in South Carolina page for more information about these laws.
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Recent Reviews of Memory Care in Dorchester County
Review of The Retreat at Summerville
My mother moved into The Retreat at Summerville last month. So far, I'm really satisfied with the care there. Every time I go, she's always clean. The people seem to be more in tune and engaged wit... Read more
Review of The Blake at Carnes Crossroads
My brother's mother-in-law is at The Blake at Carnes Crossroads. That's the one I don't like. I'm not impressed because the room is dirty. I did not check into their activities because once I went ... Read more
Review of The Retreat at Summerville
My mom moved into The Retreat at Summerville a couple of weeks ago. The facility is well-kept. Everybody there is wonderful from the office staff to the nursing sector. We like it a lot and they ta... Read more
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