The 5 Best Memory Care Facilities in West Columbia, SC for 2023

Directory of Memory Care Facilities in West Columbia, SC

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Colonial Gardens

Provides: Memory Care
3565 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 29169
"We're leaning towards the Colonial Gardens. That's the first place we looked at. All the people that we talked to were really nice, and they took time to answer our questions. The place was really..." More

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Carolina Gardens at West Columbia

Provides: Memory Care
2705 Leaphart Road, West Columbia, SC 29169
"Carolina Gardens at West Columbia was in great need of repair. I also found a prescription pill on the floor, which turned me off immediately. They had private and shared rooms, a recreation room..." More

Opus Post Acute Rehabilitation

Provides: Memory Care
300 Agape Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169
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Atria Forest Lake

Provides: Memory Care
4405 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206
"Dad is getting excellent care in the Memory Care Unit and from the staff interacting with him. His room is decorated with memorabilia from his former home, i.e. pictures, photographs, favorite..." More

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Fairforest Grove Senior Living

Provides: Memory Care
120 Fairforest Rd, Columbia, SC 29212
"It had a very small area for the memory impaired. I wanted more room for my husband to roam and to be able to go outside. However, the people were very nice, and the lady who showed us around was..." More

Merrill Gardens at Columbia

Provides: Memory Care
2205 Gregg Street, Columbia, SC 29201
"I went to Merrill Gardens at Columbia. It was lovely; it was brand new. It's a super facility. The employees were excellent. It would be a second choice to the other one except that it's on the..." More

    What to Consider About Memory Care in West Columbia

    West Columbia sits directly across the river from downtown Columbia, South Carolina, and has a population of 17,000 residents, 18 percent of whom are 65 years or older. For seniors in West Columbia who have Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, there are two memory care facilities in the city, plus two more just outside of town.

    In West Columbia, as in all of South Carolina, memory care facilities are referred to as Alzheimer's special care units (SCUs) or programs, and they exist as self-contained divisions of larger assisted living centers.

    • West Columbia's four-season climate with hot summers, mild winters and gorgeous falls and springs make it ideal for memory care residents who enjoy spending time outside for supervised recreation. While July and August can be sweltering, the city rarely gets snow accumulation, and its residents enjoy 220 days of sunshine per year.
    • Memory care residents on a budget will find living costs in West Columbia much lower than in most places. The city's overall cost of living is 10 percent lower than the U.S. average, and housing in West Columbia is more than 30 percent cheaper than in a typical U.S. city, perhaps making it feasible for family members to purchase a second home near their loved one.
    • Seniors in South Carolina enjoy some of the most favorable tax treatment in the entire country. Social Security income is not taxed in the state, and seniors earning other forms of retirement income receive a $15,000 tax deduction. Family members considering purchasing a home in the area will be happy to know that the state's property taxes are among the nation's lowest.
    • Safety-conscious seniors and their families should be aware of potential crime issues in West Columbia. The city's violent crime rate is 83.3, compared to the national average of 31.1. That said, memory care facilities, most of which are fortified with secure entrances, guards and cameras, are among the safest places a person can live.

    Paying for Memory Care in West Columbia

    Average Monthly Costs

    Cities in South Carolina

    $5,700.00 Camden
    $5,593.00 Lexington
    $5,525.00 US
    $4,715.00 Hartsville
    $4,679.00 Columbia
    $3,775.00 West Columbia
    $3,495.00 Aiken

    Memory Care costs in West Columbia start around $3,775 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,525 per month.

    It’s important to note that memory care rates in West Columbia 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 West Columbia

    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 West Columbia

    West Columbia 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 West Columbia, please visit our Memory Care in South Carolina page.

    Directory of Winners in the West Columbia Area

    Memory Care Laws and Regulations in West Columbia

    West Columbia-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.

    Memory Care near West Columbia, SC

    Recent Reviews of Memory Care in West Columbia

    • Review of Colonial Gardens

      We're leaning towards the Colonial Gardens. That's the first place we looked at. All the people that we talked to were really nice, and they took time to answer our questions. The place was really ... Read more

    • Review of Colonial Gardens

      My dad has moved into Colonial Gardens. They have nurses round the clock, and they are very professional. The place is well-lit. They have a lot of activities, which they do. They have great caregi... Read more

    • Review of Colonial Gardens

      When I went to Colonial Gardens the person who is in charge of admission sat down with me and explained what they do and what their philosophy of patient care is. The founder of the organization wh... Read more

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