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Page Reviewed / Updated – February 18, 2023
Located a few miles east of Lake Murray, the community of Irmo, SC, has just 11,758 residents. The tranquil natural areas of this town appeal to many seniors, and 15.2% of the community is age 65 or older. It’s not far from the bustling state capital of Columbia and hospitals such as the Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital. A good climate and low cost of living make the area an appealing place for retirees.
Another perk of retiring in Irmo is the low cost of assisted living care. The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey estimates a monthly cost of $3,270, which is far less than the $4,500 national average. Irmo’s estimates are also nearly $400 less than the state’s average of $3,612 per month.
Note: Data for Irmo was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Columbia, was used instead.
We’ve rounded up a list of 10 of the best options for assisted living care in Irmo to help seniors and their loved ones find long-term care in and around the community.
From art classes to game nights, Harbison Shores always has something for residents to take part in. A cozy porch area with a swing and rocking chairs is a popular gathering point, and there are indoor lounges and activity rooms for residents as well. Attentive staff is on hand for daily living tasks as well as weekly housekeeping and laundry services. Small pets are welcome to come to the community with their owners, creating a homelike feel. Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients and served three times a day in a fireside dining room.
- Scheduled transportation service
- Daily enrichment activities
Generations of Irmo
We chose Generations of Irmo for this list because of its tranquil location surrounded by tall trees. In the fall, the colors are stunning, and many rooms have private patios that overlook the woods. Studio and one-bedroom floor plans provide variety for residents as they choose an apartment home. In the main lounge, a stone fireplace and baby grand piano create a comfortable place for relaxation that feels like a woodland lodge.
- Pond on-site
- Outdoor courtyard
Atria Forest Lake
Atria Forest Lake is located not far from Gregg Park in the historic Forest Acres community of Columbia. It's only about 15 miles from Irmo and this facility makes the list because of its extensive list of social activities. Whether residents are connecting in the sunroom during a social hour or joining a yoga class to stay fit, seniors have many options to enjoy this community. A culinary team provides tasty meals served by a waitstaff in the dining room or outside in the courtyard. Every morning, residents wake up to a newspaper delivered to their apartment, and a volunteer program helps keep them connected.
- Private dining room for family events
- On-site physician's office
Brookdale Columbia is not far from Irmo. It boasts many common rooms and on-campus amenities, including a beauty salon and raised garden beds for residents to use. The staff provides assistance with daily living and medication needs, while also supporting residents through cleaning and linen service. Personal care services, a postal service and keypad entry are additional amenities that make life here convenient. The varied floor plans include studio, one- and two-bedroom options.
- Pet-friendly community
- On-site library for residents
Jenni-Lynn Assisted Living
Jenni-Lynn Assisted Living made it on this list of the best options near Irmo because of its carefully planned activities. Painting classes, neighborhood outings and daily exercise classes are examples of the types of activities residents have to look forward to, and a resident council helps choose activities based on resident interests. This pet-friendly community has ample outdoor space for walks and gardening, and it also has a screened porch for those who prefer a little protection from the elements. A full-service dining room prepares enticing meals, but the community also has a bistro for smaller meals and snacks.
- Rocking chairs for residents to relax outdoors
- Full-service salon
Brookdale Harbison offers residents many amenities for their comfort. Landscaped grounds are an attractive feature of this community, and a library and salon are available as well. When they want to relax, a whirlpool tub is available on-site. During the day, residents are often found in the fireside living room or taking part in activities in the arts and crafts studio. Outdoor walking paths and a cozy porch encourage enjoyment of the mild climate. Resident transportation service is also available for trips into town.
- Nurse on staff
- Emergency call system
The unique amenities of Colonial Gardens earn it a place on this list. Residents can check things off of their bucket lists through the Virtual Reality Bucket List Program that lets them visit places or experience things they have always wanted to, without leaving home. A sensory spa helps with mental health, while the daily menu using the MIND Diet from Rush University supports physical health. The Hope Blooms Life Enrichment Program supports mental and physical health with a Montessori-like approach to daily activities.
- Ionized air-filtering system to reduce exposure to germs
- Medication management service
Carolina Gardens at Lexington
Carolina Gardens at Lexington is about a 15-minute drive from Irmo. The staff strives to create a familial environment. The elevated dining experience serves gourmet meals daily, while residents’ dietary needs are kept in mind at all times. All apartment homes have full-size refrigerators and walk-in closets, and they are some of the area’s largest. Field trips are scheduled regularly to enjoy all the amenities of the local community.
- Changing seasonal menu
- On-site religious services
We chose Rice Estate for this list because of its location. It sits in a suburban neighborhood with trees and wetlands surrounding the community, providing the perfect mix of natural and residential amenities. An on-campus barbershop is available for the convenience of each resident, and the dining room serves delicious meals daily. Pharmacy and therapy services are all available without leaving home. Rice Estate has a nursing assistant on staff at all times, and a licensed nurse is available as well.
- Chaplain on campus
- Appointment scheduling help
The Heritage at Lowman
Walking paths lined with mature trees and surrounding a pond welcome residents at Heritage at Lowman. This community is less than 10 miles from Irmo and provides a beautiful setting for a relaxing retirement. Staff helps residents stay as active as possible while enjoying the amenities of the campus. The BeWell Program helps residents take advantage of all the amenities and stay as independent as they can. Regular field trips into town are another perk of living here.
- On-site podiatry service
- Guest meals available