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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 17, 2020

The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Greenville, SC

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Greenville, South Carolina, is a rising star in the Southeast. This energetic  community of 70,000 is known for its diverse restaurants, abundant coffee shops and expanding arts scene. While senior citizens only represent 13% of the population, Greenville is an appealing destination for retirees.

This Upstate community has direct access to Charlotte and Atlanta via Interstate 85, and the Appalachian Mountains are within easy reach for an exciting day trip or a leisurely drive. Residents don’t have to travel far to experience the city’s industrial and agricultural history or discover its many natural attractions. Notable destinations include the Greenville Zoo, the 130-store Haywood Mall and the Falls Park on the Reedy, which spans 32 acres in the heart of town.

Seniors may also appreciate Greenville’s  mild Southern climate and reasonable cost of living, which is 11% below the national average. The community’s excellent health care facilities include the high-performing Bon Secours St. Francis Health System-Greenville, and the nationally ranked Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Greenville and what financial assistance programs are available.

Greenville Place

Greenville Place is conveniently located in the city's eastern suburbs, between the Patewood Medical Campus and Milestone Plaza shopping center. Residents of this assisted living and memory care community enjoy a host of amenities. Indoor common areas include an activity center, TV room, well-stocked library and dance floor with a grand piano. Outdoors, residents can enjoy fresh air and sunshine on the community's walking paths and rocking-chair porches or in the landscaped courtyard. Greenville Place offers seniors a well-rounded lifestyle, with restaurant-style meals, plentiful recreational activities and fitness programs designed to support balance, mobility and wellness.

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  • Comprehensive rates that include basic utilities
  • Wheelchair- and scooter-friendly living areas

The Legacy at Hawthorne Park

Operated by Navion Senior Solutions, a regional leader in long-term care, The Legacy at Hawthorne Park offers assisted living and memory care in Greenville's well-connected Pelham Road neighborhood. The community stands out for its positive, supportive environment and homelike atmosphere, which have earned it a spot on this guide to the city's top assisted living facilities. Residents enjoy apartment-style suites, fun activities and tasty meals featuring local ingredients. Council members have a say when planning menus, and meals feature a combination of seasonal fare and always-available favorites.

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  • Multiple levels of care for a custom-tailored experience
  • Elegant common areas with a Southern flair

Greenville Glen Assisted Living

Greenville Glen is a midsize assisted living and memory care community offering 24-hour support in a convenient location off I-85 between Pelham Road and Roper Mountain Road. Residents enjoy an active lifestyle that promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being through varied daily activities, such as Bible studies, scenic drives, morning exercise and social events with coffee, cocoa and tasty treats. Another standout feature is the community's chef-led dining program, which features Southern classics including grits, pot roast, corn chowder and strawberry shortcake, while accommodating residents' dietary needs and preferences.

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  • Spacious pet-friendly accommodations
  • On-site physical and occupational therapy

Brookdale Greenwood

Located off Main Street South near the Self Regional Medical Center, Brookdale Greenwood features abundant amenities and six pet-friendly floor plans designed with assisted living residents in mind. Seniors can relax in one of the cozy common areas, enjoy a healthy meal in the cheery bistro or head to the multipurpose activity room for fun with friends. Additional amenities include a whirlpool spa, piano, courtyard and enclosed patio. Residents also enjoy a full calendar of events that includes B-Fit exercise classes, technology workshops, ladies' luncheons and wine and cheese socials. 

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Waterstone on Augusta

This state-of-the-art community has been recognized as one of Greenville's top 10 assisted living facilities because of its up-to-date campus and responsive management team that listens to residents and incorporates their opinions and suggestions. Waterstone on Augusta stands out for its exciting activities, which include bingo, fitness classes, scavenger hunts and frequent outings. Residents also enjoy a superb culinary program spearheaded by a team of executive chefs. Additional perks include community lounges, a salon/spa and outdoor living and dining areas.

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  • Physical therapy and medication management
  • Full-time nurse-led medical staff

Cascades Verdae

Cascades Verdae is a large-scale retirement community offering assisted living and a full continuum of long-term care on an expansive campus near the junction of I-85 and I-385. Residents receive customized 24-hour support for one flat-rate fee that includes a studio or one-bedroom apartment and access to all amenities. A wellness center, salon, hydrotherapy pool and full-service bar are just a few of the extras available on-site. The community also offers daily activities, weekly housekeeping and a gourmet dining program.

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Ashley Place

Residents at Ashley Place enjoy an active lifestyle in a comfortable, homelike setting. Located on a tranquil side street in suburban Greenwood, this assisted living facility features cozy common areas, lush surroundings and a peaceful landscaped courtyard where residents can go for a stroll or sit and relax. The community offers pet-friendly studio and one-bedroom apartments with plush carpeting, attractive window treatments and contemporary finishes. Residents also have access to a casual, brightly light dining room and contemporary fireside living areas.

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The Gardens at Eastside

Offering assisted living services exclusively, The Gardens at Eastside is a warm, welcoming community staffed by caring professionals. The facility is operated by The Arbor Company, an organization with 30 years of long-term care experience, and it has earned a Pinnacle Quality Insight award for its customer experience, which is why we've included it on this guide to Greenville's best assisted living communities. All-suite accommodations feature kitchenettes, roomy closets, a private bath and a combined living and sleeping area. Residents also enjoy sunny patios, shaded sitting areas, a light-filled activities room and a cozy country club-style pub.

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  • Money-back guarantee for the first 60 days
  • Convenient location near the Patewood Medical Campus

Morningside of Greenwood

Located in a suburban area near the Greenwood Mall and local restaurants, Morningside of Greenwood is dedicated to serving older adults who require assistance with personal care and daily activities. Seniors can choose from spacious studio and one- or two-bedroom apartments featuring well-designed bathrooms, kitchenettes and dedicated sitting areas. The community also offers a robust restaurant-style dining program developed in partnership with celebrity chef Brad Miller. Residents at Morningside of Greenwood participate in an array of social and educational activities, and they're welcome to use the fitness center or work on a project in the multipurpose activity space between scheduled events.

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Pendleton Manor

Pendleton Manor offers assisted living and memory care in an attractive wooded neighborhood off North Main. Caring staff members develop personalized care plans and are available to assist residents with all aspects of daily life, including dressing, bathing, housekeeping and medication management. Pendelton Manor offers enriching activities that encourage residents to lead an active, social lifestyle. Regularly scheduled events include card games, crafts and book club meetings. The community also provides a complimentary shuttle service for medical appointments and off-site events.

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Greenville

In Greenville, senior care costs may be higher than other, smaller cities in the state or those in popular tourist destinations. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, in particular, are more expensive in Greenville than many other South Carolina cities. Home care services, typically billed at an hourly rate, are among the lowest senior care options in Greenville.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Greenville?

Greenville’s monthly assisted living fees are on par with many other large metro areas in South Carolina. For instance, costs in Greenville for a private one-bedroom apartment in an assisted living community are $3,843 compared to nearby Columbia’s $3,804. Smaller metro areas such as Spartanburg and Sumnter, despite fewer assisted living selections, average less, at $2,310 and $3,000 respectively.    

How much does Home Care Cost in Greenville?

Homemaker services averaging 44 hours per week cost $3,766 per month in Greenville, compared to the state average of $3,623. Home health care costs in tourist areas, such as Hilton Head, are notably higher than Greenville, averaging $4,099 per month while smaller communities like Spartanburg are lower, at $3,432  per month. 

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Greenville?

Adult day health care costs are the lowest senior care option for Greenville residents. These are senior care services outside the home, and generally provide respite for caregivers. The average for these is $1,343, compared to the state average of $1,300. Similarly sized metro areas such as Charleston, Columbia and Spartanburg have adult day health care costs close to Greenville, averaging between $1,200 and $1,400. 

How much does Nursing Home Costs in Greenville?

Nursing home care for a semi-private room in Greenville is noticeably higher than the state average, at $6,935 compared to $6,418 for South Carolina in general. Private rooms cost more, but overall, nursing home fees for semi-private rooms are fairly consistent across South Carolina’s major urban areas. The smaller town of Florence is notably lower than Greenville, at $5,749, while the coastal tourist destinations of Hilton Head and Sumnter are higher than Greenville, averaging between $7,750 and $6,900 and per month, respectively.

Financial Assistance Programs in Greenville

Medicaid Program in Greenville

Medicaid in Greenville, as in all of South Carolina, covers health insurance costs for low-income individuals. The program is free for all who qualify, with no entitlement caps. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services determines eligibility, which is based on income and several special classifications:

  • Aged 65 or older
  • Blind
  • Qualifying disabilities

South Carolina is an income cap state, meaning that there is a hard income limit for Medicaid eligibility: $2,205 per month for individuals. Income sources include wages, Social Security benefits, pensions, veteran’s benefits, annuities, SSI payments and IRAs. 

To be eligible for long-term care assistance from South Carolina’s Medicaid program, individuals must meet certain income requirements and use their income toward the cost of their care. As an income cap state, South Carolina requires that the Medicaid long-term care benefit amount be no higher than the long-term care fees at the time of application. Greenville residents may apply for Medicaid in person at 301 University Ridge, Suite 6700, Greenville, SC, 29601, online or over the phone by calling (888) 549-0820.

Medicaid Waivers in Greenville

Community Long-Term Care (CLTC)

The CLTC waiver is for Greenville residents who are eligible for nursing home care but wish to receive services in the community instead. Case management determines eligibility and develops an individualized service package to meet each applicant’s unique needs. The intent is to help clients successfully remain at home, avoiding unnecessary nursing home placement. 

Benefits of this program can include personal care for daily living tasks, household chores and observing health signs. Recipients may also receive companion services, which are respite services for caregivers. Meal delivery, environmental modification, and pest control and elimination are also included. Other services may include transportation to medical appointments, limited skilled nursing procedures and a personal emergency response system (PERS). 

Eligibility is determined based on an individual’s desire to live at home, the level of care they need and their eligibility for Medicaid. Individuals must also meet the requirement for the same level of care provided in a nursing home facility. To read more about eligibility and to apply click here or call (864) 242-2211.

Community Supports Waiver

The Community Supports waiver offers many of the same benefits as the CLTC and is intended as an alternative to institutionalized care and nursing. This particular Medicaid waiver is for individuals who have a memory care condition or intellectual disability. The level of care is on same as that provided at an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disability. 

Caregiver respite, home modifications, adult day care services and limited home care are provided. Call (888) 549-0820 or read here for more information about the waiver and to apply.

Other Financial Assistance Programs

Healthy Connections

Healthy Connections is an income-capped program that supplements payment for long-term care for individuals housed in licensed, certified nursing homes. Those who participate in HCBS and PACE may also be eligible for benefits. Eligibility requirements are the same for all programs, with income caps of $2,313 for individuals and spousal allocation of $3,160, or 300 percent of the current SSI Federal Benefit Rate.

Eligibility is limited to those who qualify financially and those who fall into one of three classifications: 

  • 65 or older
  • blind
  • disabled (using the Supplemental Security Income guidelines)
  • receives assistance through the Parent/Caretaker Relative program

To apply for Healthy Connections in Greenville, call (877) 552-4642.

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly

PACE is available to Greenville County residents in all ZIP codes. It is a Medicaid program designed to help individuals meet their health care needs in the community instead of going into institutionalized care. PACE members have a small team of healthcare professionals who work with the family for coordinated care. Care plans are determined by a PACE-approved physician and customized for each individual’s current and future needs. 

PACE members may receive services at the PACE clinic and in the home, including specialist care as recommended. Services include physical and occupational therapies, nursing and health care, and hospital care when needed. PACE members may also receive meals and nutrition counseling, dental treatment and prescription drug services. Transportation to dental and medical appointments may also be available. 

Upon enrollment in PACE, Greenville Health System Senior Care becomes the individual’s primary health care provider, covering all health services. Those participating in Medicare or Medicaid may receive additional services at no extra cost if they meet certain income guidelines. Only those services approved by GHS Senior Care are covered; all other services are paid out of pocket. 

To apply for service through the PACE program, call (864) 522-1950.

More Senior Living Resources in Greenville


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The Greenville Housing Authority

(864) 467-4250

TGHA is a publicly funded housing agency that provides affordable housing to veterans and those aged 65 and older in the Greenville community, including Greenville County but not Greer County.

Salvation Army of Greenville County

(864) 235-4803

This community organization provides emergency cash grants to those in dire need, including seniors, to help pay rent, utility bills or medical bills. Other benefits include food aid, prescription medication and drug costs, and clothing. Eligibility is based on extreme financial need, such as a utility bill disconnection notice or a documented drop in income or job loss.

ElderCare Trust Fund

(803) 734-9903

This Fund supports nonprofit organizations that help Greenville seniors age in place. Programs include helping seniors lead productive lives and avoid institutionalized care. Benefits cover home modifications to promote mobility and independence.

For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in South Carolina.