Memory Care in Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach is a legendary seaside destination in South Carolina that has always attracted retirees and seniors. Of the 37,100 total permanent population of this laid back town, 20.9% are over the age of 65. This demographic is most at risk for developing cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and the incidence of these disorders is growing. 

A study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that between 2014 and 2018 in Myrtle Beach, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s grew by 33.7%. When compared to the total of deaths from all causes, which sits at 20.25%, this clearly indicates a growing problem. One study by the Alzheimer’s Association predicts that the number of seniors experiencing Alzheimer’s will double to 12.7 million by the year 2050.

Seniors who develop Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disorders are likely to require memory care in a residential setting with specialized professional staff and protocols to keep them safe and comfortable.

In this guide we look at memory care in Myrtle Beach, local resources and sources of funding as well as other factors that may inform seniors and their families about the pros and cons of living there.

Memory Care Facilities in Myrtle Beach, SC

2016, 2021

Brightwater

101 Brightwater Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579

Brightwater has been very good to us. My mom’s room is in memory care and it’s beautiful. The staff is very caring and very attentive to all her needs and problems. The food could be a little better, … (read more)
Brightwater has been very good to us. My mom’s room is in memory care and it’s beautiful. The staff is very caring and very attentive to all her needs and problems. The food could be a little better, … (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)

Portside at Grande Dunes

901 Portside Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

My mother was at Portside at Grande Dunes for a few months. The food was OK and the place was very pretty, but the helpers were not that good. She was there for four months in memory care. The main th … (read more)
My mother was at Portside at Grande Dunes for a few months. The food was OK and the place was very pretty, but the helpers were not that good. She was there for four months in memory care. The main th … (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


Watercrest Myrtle Beach

6151 Colline Verde Wy, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29572

My loved one lived here for 2.5months. Unfortunately the memory care unit is sub par compared to those in the area. We learned the staff does not have the skills or toolkit to handle Sundowning deme … (read more)
My loved one lived here for 2.5months. Unfortunately the memory care unit is sub par compared to those in the area. We learned the staff does not have the skills or toolkit to handle Sundowning deme … (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)

St Gabriel of Murrells Inlet

699 Prince Creek Parkway, Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576

I was not as impressed with St. Gabriel of Murrells Inlet. The residents didn’t look quite as happy. I guess the staff wasn’t quite as attentive as I would like to see. The residents were in the hallw … (read more)
I was not as impressed with St. Gabriel of Murrells Inlet. The residents didn’t look quite as happy. I guess the staff wasn’t quite as attentive as I would like to see. The residents were in the hallw … (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)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Myrtle Beach

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Myrtle Beach

The Bureau of Health Facility Licensing (BHFL) regulates all health care facilities and related care providers across the state of South Carolina, including Myrtle Beach. It licenses, inspects and enforces standards for facilities such as memory care residential facilities, nursing homes, hospices, home health agencies and adult day care centers.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Myrtle Beach

  • For a small beach community, Myrtle Beach is well-served by memory care facilities and excellent general hospitals. Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, the Tidelands Health System, and McLeod Health Seacoast each have multiple satellite facilities for urgent care and specialty services. A dedicated Memory Disorders Clinic is located nearby at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. 
  • Although sales taxes are on the high side (8.7% in contrast to the U.S. average of 7.3%), South Carolina and Myrtle Beach are fairly tax-friendly to seniors. In addition to no taxes on Social Security, those over 65 can deduct up to $15,000 in retirement income from pensions and IRAs. Thus, many seniors end up paying no income tax. 
  • Weather is one reason families and retirees flock to Myrtle Beach. Breezes off the water keep the town pleasantly comfortable in spite of hot and humid summers. Snowfall is scarce though fairly frequent in December. Air quality is considered above average in a state not known for tough environmental protections and that has no statewide climate plan.
  • Retirees have always flocked to Myrtle Beach for its temperate climate, seaside location and cost of living that’s lower than the U.S. average. For seniors requiring residential memory care, this is reflected in average monthly costs of $5,087, which is considerably lower than the national average of $5,625.
  • Myrtle Beach joined AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities in 2020. The Network improves the lives of seniors in targeted communities through a commitment to improved urban infrastructure and accessibility.

Paying for Memory Care in Myrtle Beach

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Residential memory care in the Myrtle Beach area costs an average of $5,087 monthly. This is considerably higher than the state average of $4,515 per month, but well below the national average of $5,625.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

All of South Carolina is reasonably inexpensive when it comes to memory care, with the highest rates charged in Myrtle Beach. Coastal Charleston, at $4,931 per month, is also a more costly city for memory care. In Greenville, care averages $4,679 per month, and in Columbia near the center of the state, memory care averages $4,087 a month. Cheaper rates are available in Sumter, where $3,329 is the monthly average.

$5087

Myrtle Beach

$4515

South Carolina

$5625

The United States

$4931

Charleston

$4087

Columbia

$3329

Sumter

$4679

Greenville

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Memory care is the second most costly form of senior care after nursing home care, which requires professional staff and averages $6,372 monthly in a semiprivate room. In-home care, which typically supports seniors who need help with activities of daily living such as grooming and meal preparation, averages $4,576 monthly in Myrtle Beach. Home health care, which requires some degree of medical intervention for wound dressing changes and medication management, is a bit pricier at $4,767. Assisted living care in a facility averages $4,070. Adult day care, the least costly form of senior support, averages $1,300 a month in the Myrtle Beach area.

$5087

Memory Care

$4576

In-Home Care

$4767

Home Health Care

$1300

Adult Day Care

$4070

Assisted Living Care

$6372

Nursing Home Care (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Myrtle Beach

In Myrtle Beach, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in South Carolina page.

More ways to pay for memory care in SC

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 Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach offers a number of free resources for seniors who need some degree of memory care support, and even more are available in nearby communities. Often these organizations can provide personalized counseling and referrals to local services.

Resource

Contact

Service


(803)
734-9900

Funded by the South Carolina Department on Aging, ARCC is a statewide coordinator for services, information and educational programs that assist people who have Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders as well as their families or caregivers.

(800)
272-3900

With a 24/7 helpline and programs for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers, AA has several regional offices in South Carolina. It also offers in-person classes, workshops and counseling in several languages.

(843) 626-7444

The Myrtle Beach Police Department works with other city and county agencies to provide protection and safety for Alzheimer's and dementia patients who wander. Project Lifesaver uses innovative tracking technology to find and help permanent residents and visitors with cognitive issues.


(843)
842-6688

Located in nearby Hilton Head, Memory Matters is a community center helping seniors with cognitive disorders as well as their families and caregivers. Programs include adult day health care, brain health education, support groups and caregiver resources.

843-471-1360

A grassroots community outreach initiative of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Summerville, The Ark offers support groups, memory screenings, respite support, an early memory loss program and The Navigation Club to support brain health.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in South Carolina are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in South Carolina page for more information about these laws.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in South Carolina