The inviting town of Summerville offers a range of benefits to older adults who call it home, including a warm climate and retiree-friendly tax laws. Of its 51,000 residents, a little over 13% are aged 65 and over, the age group most likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. While this is lower than the senior population in the average U.S. city, the rate of fatalities from Alzheimer’s has increased considerably in recent years. In 2014, there were 37 Alzheimer’s-related deaths in the Summerville region, making up 5.6% of the total number of fatalities in the county. In 2018, the CDC reported 80 deaths linked to Alzheimer’s, which equates to over 9% of cases. The total death rate went up by about 31% during that period, but Alzheimer’s deaths increased by over 116%.  

For those with dementia, residential memory care is a practical solution that provides compassionate specialized care, around-the-clock monitoring and dementia-informed recreational programs. This guide provides an outline of the benefits and drawbacks of obtaining memory care services in Summerville, along with an overview of the cost of care in this region. It also summarizes resources available to those with memory loss and their loved ones.  

Memory Care Facilities in Summerville, SC

Harmony at Wescott

5130 Wescott Blvd., Summerville, SC, 29485

Harmony at Wescott Plantation is located in Summerville, South Carolina, close to The Golf Club At Westcott Plantation and eight miles from the Medical University of South Carolina hospital. The facil … (read more)
Harmony at Wescott Plantation is located in Summerville, South Carolina, close to The Golf Club At Westcott Plantation and eight miles from the Medical University of South Carolina hospital. The facil … (read more)

The Retreat at Summerville

950 Travelers Blvd., Summerville, SC, 29485

I toured The Retreat at Summerville for my husband. The grounds and the layout were pretty good, but kind of sparse compared to the others. It’s nice, but it’s not rolling hills. Inside, they have ref … (read more)
I toured The Retreat at Summerville for my husband. The grounds and the layout were pretty good, but kind of sparse compared to the others. It’s nice, but it’s not rolling hills. Inside, they have ref … (read more)

TerraBella Summerville

335 Midland Parkway, Summerville, SC, 29485

TerraBella Summerville is located in Summerville, South Carolina, just off Ladson Road and close to Chandler Bridge Creek and the Summerville Medical Center. The facility receives praise from family m … (read more)
TerraBella Summerville is located in Summerville, South Carolina, just off Ladson Road and close to Chandler Bridge Creek and the Summerville Medical Center. The facility receives praise from family m … (read more)

The Blake at Carnes Crossroads

4015 2nd Avenue, Summerville, SC, 29485

I toured the Blake and it’s reasonably new and very well run. There were a lot of people there that were working with the people that live there, so everything seems like it works on clockwork. I was … (read more)
I toured the Blake and it’s reasonably new and very well run. There were a lot of people there that were working with the people that live there, so everything seems like it works on clockwork. I was … (read more)

The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services

206 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC, 29483

Great program…wonderful leadership…a gift to our community!
Great program…wonderful leadership…a gift to our community!

Quality Care Residential Home

107 Etling Avenue, Goose Creek, SC, 29445


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Summerville

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 Summerville

In Summerville, memory care facilities are licensed as assisted living facilities and must comply with regulations set by the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control, Division of Health Licensing. This agency conducts background checks on all prospective caregivers and investigates complaints of noncompliance with regulations. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Summerville

  • Summerville is among the more expensive South Carolina cities to live in, but its overall cost of living is consistent with the national average. Utility and transportation expenses tend to be higher here than elsewhere in the state, but memory care facilities typically figure costs such as these into their monthly rates.
  • Property crime is more prevalent in Summerville than in the typical U.S. city, ranking 49.9 on a 100-point crime index compared to the national score of 35.4. However, according to the most recent FBI data, the number of incidents has been trending downward for years. Violent crime is unusual here, which may provide peace of mind for families seeking local long-term residential dementia services for loved ones.  
  • With year-round high temperatures ranging from 59-92 degrees, Summerville is one of the warmer places in South Carolina. The town only sees about an inch of annual snowfall, which may be good for older adults who rely on mobility aids. However, summers tend to be very humid. To keep residents comfortable, many memory care facilities have individual climate controls in residents’ units.  
  • Health care options are somewhat limited in Summerville and may be a consideration for those managing chronic conditions such as dementia. Summerville Medical Center, a 124-bed acute-care hospital, is located in the town itself, and 11 more hospitals are located within 50 miles. There are 60 doctors per capita compared to the national average of 210.  
  • South Carolina is tax-friendly toward retirees, which may help seniors afford long-term care services in Summerville. Older adults don’t pay state income taxes on Social Security benefits, and they can claim a large taxable income deduction for other types of retirement income.  

Paying for Memory Care in Summerville

Memory care services in Summerville are provided in assisted living facilities with Alzheimer’s special care units or programs. On average, memory care costs 20-30% more than standard assisted living. No nationwide cost data sources list rates for memory care services, so the following estimates are based on assisted living fees in the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, increased by 25%. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities 

In Summerville, memory care residents pay $4,931 per month for care, which is over $400 higher than the state median of $4,515 but affordable compared to the national rate of $5,625. In Hilton Head Island, rates are equal to the national average, and in the Myrtle Beach area, seniors pay $5,088. Sumter has the state’s most affordable dementia care rates at $3,329. 

$4931

Summerville

$4515

South Carolina

$5625

The United States

$5625

Hilton Head Island Area

$5088

Myrtle Beach

$3329

Sumter

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Summerville seniors have multiple care options to choose from depending on their needs. Adult day health care is the most cost-effective option at $1,381. Assisted living services average $3,945, and memory care is about $1,000 more at $4,931. Older adults who obtain in-home care pay $5,005 for basic homemaker services and specialized home health aide care. Nursing homes charge $7,513 for semiprivate accommodations and $8,152 for private rooms.  

$4931

Memory Care

$3945

Assisted Living

$5005

Homemaker Services

$5005

Home Health Aide

$1381

Adult Day Health Care

$7513

Nursing Home (semiprivate)

$8152

Nursing Home (private)

Note: Data for Summerville was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Charleston, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Summerville

In Summerville 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 - South Carolina

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 Summerville

Numerous nonprofit organizations and government agencies serve seniors in Summerville and the surrounding region. Through the following resources, seniors and their families get help with finding local memory care services along with community-based services and programs such as options counseling, support groups and early-stage engagement activities.

Resource 

Contact 

Description 

(800) 272-3900 

The South Carolina chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association operates a 24-hour helpline that individuals can call for emotional support, guidance and referrals for community-based services. The chapter organizes early-stage engagement activities such as Peer2Peer online gatherings, virtual and in-person support groups and Living Well sessions. It also has a comprehensive online library with information on recognizing dementia, managing behaviors, taking the next steps toward treatment and long-term care.

(800) 868-9095 

The Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center is a state initiative that provides families with education and caregiver training as well as information and referrals for community-based resources.

(843) 554-2275 

The Trident Area Agency on Aging is a nonprofit, nongovernment agency that provides free and low-cost services for those aged 60 and over. Through this agency, seniors and families can connect with Medicare options counselors who answer questions regarding benefits and screen for eligibility of Medicare Savings Programs and Medicaid. The agency can also help individuals research long-term care options in the Summerville region.

(843) 832-0050 

Dorchester County’s Veterans Affairs office is headquartered in Summerville, providing older veterans with easy access to information services, advocacy and community-based services. It screens veterans for eligibility for veterans’ home placement, and VA Aid and Attendance and pension benefits, which can help control memory care expenses.

(800) 868-9095 

The South Carolina Long Term Care Ombudsman advocates for older adults in memory care facilities to ensure their rights are honored, and they receive the services in their care plans. The ombudsman can educate families regarding their loved ones’ care options and mediate conflicts with residential facilities. The ombudsman can also investigate concerns regarding substandard care.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Summerville

Summerville 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.

Laws and Regulations for Memory Care in South Carolina