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Minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean, Charleston is the largest city in South Carolina and has a population of 137,566. Of those residents, 20,844 are aged 65 and older, giving the city a senior population density more than 36% higher than the state’s second and third most populous cities, Columbia and North Charleston.
The city’s impressive health care system includes MUSC Health University Medical Center, which has been rated the best hospital in the state for multiple consecutive years. Charleston also has more physicians per capita than the national average. The city has many senior centers where Charleston’s seniors can join fitness classes, play games and socialize with like-minded older adults. Outdoor areas, such as the Audubon Swamp Garden and the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, encourage residents to connect with nature, while the city’s wide array of museums, theaters and art galleries help residents and visitors learn about its rich history and culture.
According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, Charleston’s average monthly price of assisted living is $3,600, making it a relatively affordable retirement destination compared to the state and national averages of $3,988 and $4,300 per month, respectively.
We’ve put together this list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the Charleston area.
Brookdale West Ashley
Brookdale West Ashley is an assisted living and memory care community in Charleston, conveniently located near shopping, public transportation and West Ashley Medical Center. Residents can choose between studio and one-bedroom apartments that include private bathrooms, kitchenettes and large windows to allow abundant natural light. Dedicated caregivers work 24/7 to ensure residents receive quick assistance with their daily living needs, and the community's friendly concierge staff is eager to inform residents about the daily activities calendar and schedule appointments at the on-site beauty and barbershop.
Harmony at West Ashley
Harmony at West Ashley offers independent living, assisted living and memory care, enabling residents to age in place while they enjoy the community's rich selection of services and amenities. Between meals in the restaurant-style dining room, seniors can grab a drink or a small bite with friends at the pub and bistro. In addition to round-the-clock personal care from the dedicated care team, Harmony at West Ashley has its own beauty and barbershop and fitness center, making it easy for residents to look as good as they feel. Residents can choose between several spacious, well-appointed floor plans, and the community provides transportation for doctor appointments and errands.
Palmettos of Charleston
Palmettos of Charleston prioritizes residents' health with on-site skilled nursing and a 24-hour care team ready to assist with medications and activities of daily living such as eating, bathing and dressing. Residents can also schedule appointments to meet with visiting optometrists and podiatrists. The Palmettos' diverse event calendar includes spiritual activities, fitness classes, group outings and social events. Between the sunrooms, shaded porches and living rooms, residents are always steps away from a comfortable place to relax and chat with neighbors. Every apartment comes with an individually controlled thermostat, emergency response system and housekeeping service.
As an assisted living community, Savannah Place offers the expected help with daily living tasks as well as a range of social and recreational activities designed to improve residents' mental, spiritual and physical well-being. Tai chi, live entertainment, beach trips and pet therapy are among the many exciting ways residents can spend their days. The luxurious studio and one-bedroom accommodations are equipped with kitchenettes, spacious closets, plush carpet flooring and individual heating and cooling. Community amenities include social lounges, a hair salon and an activity room.
Summit Place of Daniel Island
Summit Place of Daniel Island is an assisted living community in Charleston, steps away from parks and restaurants. The community event calendar is designed to appeal to a wide range of interests, with activities such as live music, art workshops, lecture discussions, Wii bowling and gardening. Religious services help residents maintain their spirituality, while fitness classes let them retain strength and flexibility, reducing the risk of falls. A library, beauty and barbershop, TV room and outdoor patio are among the many community amenities.
Ashley River Plantation
Ashley River Plantation is a senior living community offering assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and respite care. With menus designed by a Food Network celebrity chef, every meal at this community is an opportunity to admire culinary excellence while nourishing the body with creative entrees incorporating fresh vegetables and herbs. Ashley River Plantation's Lifestyle360 program aims to be a comprehensive wellness regimen, with activities such as computer classes, book clubs, yoga, watercolor lessons, movie nights and card games. Additional amenities include complimentary transportation, housekeeping service and laundry service for linens and clothes.
Wellmore of Daniel Island
Nestled in a quiet suburban neighborhood, Wellmore of Daniel Island is a luxury senior living community conveniently located near restaurants, parks and golf courses. It made our list of Charleston's best assisted living communities because of the wide range of amenities covered by its all-inclusive pricing. Chef-prepared gourmet dining, salon and spa services, a spacious activity room and a cafe and bar are among the community's many thoughtful features. In addition to medication management and assistance with activities of daily living, residents have 24/7 access to skilled nursing services.
The Bridge at Charleston
The Bridge at Charleston is an assisted living community offering three dietician-approved meals per day, 24-hour care and a wide array of community amenities, including a library, cafe, craft room and a wellness center with senior-friendly exercise equipment. Ring toss and seated Zumba help residents improve their balance and flexibility, while current events, discussions and brain games provide a mental workout. Residents can choose between studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and all of the accommodations include in-room kitchens and housekeeping services.
Benton House of West Ashley
At Benton House of West Ashley, seniors in the assisted living community receive personalized care built around their preferences and needs, empowering residents to retain their independence, while the community's 24-hour caregivers are moments away when assistance is needed. Friendly staff members handle the laundry and housekeeping, allowing residents more time for off-site outings, social events and spiritual activities.
Somerby of Mount Pleasant
Somerby of Mount Pleasant made our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Charleston because of its robust selection of amenities that make it easy for seniors to maintain an active and rewarding lifestyle. The community offers walking paths with exercise stations, an indoor heated aerobics pool, a game room, creative arts studio, movie theater and a library with computers. Using E.P.A.-approved chemicals and research-backed cleaning methods, Somerby of Mount Pleasant's White Glove Confident Clean Program ensures residents and staff members can live and work in harmony without the fear of spreading harmful viruses and bacteria.