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Cost of South Carolina Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in South Carolina is $3,125 per month.

The monthly base rate for South Carolina assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. South Carolina is also less expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in South Carolina. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

North Carolina$3,000
South Carolina$3,125

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Researching South Carolina Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does South Carolina require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    South Carolina may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
  • What is the Scope of Care offered?
    Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by South Carolina. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
  • What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
    Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in South Carolina. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
  • Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
    South Carolina probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
  • Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
    There are sure to be specific requirements in South Carolina - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by South Carolina?
    South Carolina will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
  • Does the facility offer the available required staff?
    Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as South Carolina requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
  • Is memory care offered?
    Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in South Carolina.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for South Carolina for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a South Carolina Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at

Helpful South Carolina Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in South Carolina? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the South Carolina licensing and regulatory agency at:
Department of Health and Environmental Control, Division of Health Licensing
(803) 545-4370
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in South Carolina? Your local South Carolina long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
(I-CARE) Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders
Local: (803) 734-9900
Tollfree: (800) 868-9095
Spanish: (800) 225-5254 ext. 55126
Are you aware of all the South Carolina health-based programs available to you? Your South Carolina Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Local: (803) 898-2500
Tollfree: (888) 549-0820
Are you familiar with the South Carolina Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

The South Carolina AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in South Carolina regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.

Find your local South Carolina AAA below:

Appalachian Aging and Disability Resource Center
Greenville, SC
(864) 242-9733
Upper Savannah Council of Governments Aging and Disability Resource Center
Greenwood, SC
(864) 941-8050
Catawba Area Agency on Aging
Rock Hill, SC
(803) 329-9670
Central Midlands Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Columbia, SC
Lower Savannah Council of Governments
Aiken, SC
(803) 649-7981
Santee-Lynches Council of Governments
Sumter, SC
(803) 775-7381
Vantage Point
Hartsville, SC
(843) 383-8632
Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging
Georgetown, SC
(843) 546-8502
Trident Area Agency on Aging
North Charleston, SC
(843) 554-2275
Lowcountry Aging and Disability Resource Center
Yemassee, SC
(843) 473-3991

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