The U.S. Census estimates that around 7,459 seniors call Myrtle Beach home, accounting for 21.5% of the city’s total population. Well known as a popular summer getaway, the city also offers numerous benefits to seniors, such as its low cost of living and multiple hospitals, including Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, which has been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the country. On average, seniors in Myrtle Beach spend $6,600 a month on nursing home care, well below the state and national medians of $7,298 and $7,756, respectively.

Within the city’s nursing homes, seniors have access to the most extensive set of care services and medical expertise available outside of a hospital. Physicians and registered nurses are typically on-site 24/7 monitoring residents’ vital signs, providing wound care and diabetes management, and assisting with daily living activities. Seniors who don’t require around-the-clock medical attention may want to consider home care or assisted living where they may be able to enjoy a more independent lifestyle. 

This guide provides an overview of senior care costs and programs that may help seniors reduce common expenses, pay for nursing home care and delay moving into a nursing facility with in-home services. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in Myrtle Beach, SC

Grand Strand Healthcare

4452 SOCASTEE BLVD, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588

My mother has been at Grand Strand for 7 weeks now and we’ve been pleased. I haven’t had any issues, it’s very clean, they give them good meals, and she gets good care. I see the meals every day and t … (read more)
My mother has been at Grand Strand for 7 weeks now and we’ve been pleased. I haven’t had any issues, it’s very clean, they give them good meals, and she gets good care. I see the meals every day and t … (read more)

National Health Care- Garden City

9405 Highway 17 Bypass, Garden City, SC, 29576

I was at National Health Care – Garden City convalescing from back surgery, and I felt like the place was not well run. The nurse’s aides were not compassionate. I didn’t think it was terribly clean e … (read more)
I was at National Health Care – Garden City convalescing from back surgery, and I felt like the place was not well run. The nurse’s aides were not compassionate. I didn’t think it was terribly clean e … (read more)

Kingston Nursing Center

2379 CYPRESS CIRCLE, Conway, SC, 29526

This is one of the better facilities that we reviewed before placing our dad there. I love the fact that they have cats and birds and your animals from home can always come and visit. there are always … (read more)
This is one of the better facilities that we reviewed before placing our dad there. I love the fact that they have cats and birds and your animals from home can always come and visit. there are always … (read more)

Conway Manor

3300 4TH AVENUE, Conway, SC, 29527

My father developed pneumonia and a pressure ulcer in this facility. His condition deteriorated so much that WE had to call 911because this "rehab" center would not do anything. The hospital admitte … (read more)
My father developed pneumonia and a pressure ulcer in this facility. His condition deteriorated so much that WE had to call 911because this "rehab" center would not do anything. The hospital admitte … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Myrtle Beach, SC

The median costs of nursing home care in Myrtle Beach are $6,600 a month with a semiprivate and $7,087 with a private room. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Myrtle Beach’s nursing homes spend less money on their care than most older adults across South Carolina and the nation. Compared to the nationwide average of $7,756, Myrtle Beach’s seniors save $1,156 a month. In Columbia, average monthly nursing home costs are $548 higher than in Myrtle Beach, while nursing home costs in nearby Charleston are $730 above the coastal city’s median. With respective monthly costs of $6,388 and $6,083, Florence and Sumter are the most affordable nearby cities for nursing home care. 

$6600

Myrtle Beach

$7298

South Carolina

$7756

The United States

$6388

Florence

$6083

Sumter

$7148

Columbia

$7330

Charleston

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The cost of senior care in Myrtle Beach ranges from $1,283 a month for adult day health care to $7,087 a month for nursing home care with a private room. Assisted living falls in the middle of the cost spectrum, with most of the city’s seniors spending around $4,620 a month. For home care and home health care, seniors spend $4,147 a month on average despite the latter care type providing a wider range of services. 

$4147

Home care

$4147

Home health care

$1283

Adult day health care

$4620

Assisted living

$6600

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$7087

Nursing home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Myrtle Beach, SC

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Myrtle Beach, SC

Through the resources below, seniors can receive assistance learning about and enrolling in long-term care insurance as well as participating in programs that may help them lower their expenses and delay moving into a nursing facility with in-home care. 

ResourceContactDescription
Horry County Council on Aging(843) 248-5523The H.C.C.A. administers a variety of programs funded by the Older Americans Act. Seniors can take advantage of programs for transportation, homemaker services, home-delivered meals and companionship. Seniors’ eligibility for certain programs may depend on their income and medical necessity. 
Long Term Care Ombudsman(800) 868-9095Through the Long Term Care Ombudsman, seniors can file complaints about their nursing facility’s quality of care and receive assistance resolving financial disputes. Ombudsmen also investigate abuse and neglect allegations and improper transfers. Residents or their family members can file complaints. 
State Health Insurance Assistance Program(800) 868-9095The S.H.I.P. program offers seniors free assistance with applying for Medicare health insurance programs. Workers at S.H.I.P. are well versed in all aspects of Medicare, including the original program and its prescription drugs savings programs. Assistance with appeals and billing issues is available as well. 
Horry County Medicaid Office(843) 381-8260At the Horry County Medicaid Office, low-income seniors can enroll in Medicaid and learn about their eligibility to have the government-subsidized insurance pay for nursing home care. Workers at the agency can advise applicants on the program’s income and asset requirements and provide updates on their enrollment status and potential benefits.