Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach, SC

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Search Near You, How to Pay, Licensing, Local Resources, and Questions to Ask

With 60 miles of sandy beach, Myrtle Beach is a classic southern beach town. Myrtle Beach is full of attractions like amusement parks and many cultural cuisines. They have live music on the beach, sports to watch, and coastal golf course views. Myrtle Beach consists of 14 communities with different unique charms to choose from. 

About Assisted Living in Myrtle Beach

Community residential care facilities (CRCFs) offer personal care that can be catered to the needs of each client. Alternatively, the residents of CRCFs are cared for by experienced caretakers allowing the residents to build community by engaging in activities and for families to focus on being a family. Assisted living facilities do not offer medical care but they do provide daily care that includes medications, bathing, transitions, meals, and immediate attention to emergencies. Included in this definition is any facility (other than a hospital), which offers or represents to the public that it offers a beneficial or protected environment specifically for individuals who have mental illness or disabilities.

Considerations when looking for care in Myrtle Beach

There are nearly 20 CRCFs within 25 miles of Myrtle Beach. These facilities may be referred to as “assisted living” provided they meet the above definition of community residential care facility. Myrtle Beach has been a hub for retirement and family vacation for years, everything you could want in a beach town is at Myrtle Beach. Healthy Connections, South Carolina’s medicaid program, does not offer assisted-living room and board but it does cover medical costs, transportation to and from appointments, and personal care services.

Cities Near Myrtle Beach SC

  • Conway – 14 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach
  • Georgetown – 37 miles south of Myrtle Beach
  • Forestbrook – 6 miles west of Myrtle Beach
  • Red Hill – 12 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach
  • Atlantic Beach – 13 miles north of Myrtle Beach

Pricing and How to Pay for Assisted Living

Paying for senior care depends on several factors. The average base cost of assisted living in the United States is around $4,100 per month. Assisted living costs vary due to the level of care a resident requires and any additional amenities they may need. Some residents will have a lower base pay because they only need meals and socialization. Other residents may need additional support with dressing, bathing, medication reminders, incontinence care and transferring assistance which require a higher level of care. Therefore the higher the care level, the higher monthly care costs. Additionally, costs fluctuate depending on the city, region, and state in which you are seeking a community.

The average statewide cost of living in a Community Residential Care Facility in South Carolina ranges from $2,200 / month to $5,475 / month. The average cost in South Caroline is $3,988 / month and in Myrtle Beach $4,050 / month.

You want to consider your payment options for assisted living, memory care, and care homes. For these services, Medicare is NOT an option for payment.

The most common payment for these services would be out of pocket Private Pay and assessing a combination of retirement funds, personal savings, and pension payments.

Medicaid can also be an option, be sure to see if you or a loved one qualifies.

Long-Term Care insurance is also a possible option in cases of chronic conditions, be sure to see if you or a loved one qualifies.

For our Veterans and spouses of veterans, be sure to assess Veteran Aid and your eligibility for these benefits.

Medicare – NO:

  • Medicare does NOT pay for Assisted Living.
  • People 65 years and older and individuals with end stage renal disease are eligible for Medicare benefits, no matter their income.
  • Coverage is meant for people in need of short-term care.

Private pay – YES:

  • Many families pay for assisted living with private funds.
  • Private pay can be a combination of retirement funds, personal savings, and pension payments.
  • Family members may contribute funds to pay for assisted living or other senior housing and care.

Medicaid – MAYBE:

  • Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans. Eligible participants include: low-income adults, elderly adults and people with disabilities.
  • Medicaid is administered by state, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by each state and the federal government.
  • Every state has their own individual Medicaid assistance program.
  • National guidelines are in place do decipher how states must spend Medicaid money, but with allowances toward the guidelines.
  • The state determines what levels of care will be covered by Medicaid, who is eligible, and how much the state will reimburse the care community.
  • If you are unsure whether you qualify for Medicaid, you should apply. You may be eligible depending on your household income, family size, age, disability and other factors.

Long-term Care Insurance – MAYBE:

Long term care insurance is a great way to pay for assisted living, and planning ahead is important when considering how to pay for senior housing and care. Nearly 75% of people over the age of 65 will require long-term care and services at some point. Buying into long-term care insurance when a person is in their 50s and 60s is the most common time to do so.

  • Long-term care insurance helps cover the costs of chronic medical conditions.
  • Individuals and couples with the ability to pay into long-term care insurance have the advantage of a head start in allocating funds for senior care.

Veteran Aid and Assistance – MAYBE:

This benefit is available to some military veterans and surviving spouses who live in an assisted living community and those who have in-home care.

  • There are specific guidelines, but a veteran may qualify for as much as $2,050 each month.
  • A veteran with a sick spouse may be eligible for $1,600 per month.
  • If a veteran has passed, their surviving spouse can qualify for $1,300 per month.

Questions to Ask

Finding an assisted living community, can be overwhelming. Here are some tips on things to be observant of:

  • Make sure the facility is clean and well maintained. You can tell a lot about the operation by noting What is clean and maintained. Are doorknobs loose or damaged? Do you see any frayed carpet or trip hazards?
  • Visit during lunch hour to observe what the residents are eating. Ask questions about the nutrition program. Is there diversity in meals, healthy fruits and vegetables served at all meals, drink options?
  • Speak to residents and/or family members to learn their perspective.
  • Ask about staff and resident engagement. Get a feel for how staff interact with residents.
  • Ask about the life enrichment programs. Activities are crucial when it comes to quality of life and play a key role in care for older adults.
  • And finally (there is a plethora of more things to consider), get to know the leadership in the building. If you feel good around the executive director, head nurse, lead activities director and even the chef or janitor, it is a good sign you can trust them with the care of your loved one.

Local Hospitals and Healthcare Providers in Myrtle Beach

Grand Strand Medical Center

809 82nd Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Main Street Physicians

4600 Oleander Dr #5897, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Ralph Johnson VA Medical CENTER

3381 Phillis Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

South Carolina Department on Aging works with 10 regional Area Agencies on Aging and a network of local organizations to develop and manage services that help seniors remain independent in their homes and in their communities.

Community Residential Care Facilities this website provides a description of what qualifies as a community residential care facility and the regulations and codes of law.

South Carolina Adult Protective Services is part of South Carolina’s public safety system and is responsible for protecting vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation by their caretakers

Vantage Point is the Pee Dee Regional Agency on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Center. They advocate and provide services for seniors and their caregivers in the six counties of the Pee Dee Region (Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Marlboro). They provide information and referral information to disabled individuals residing in the region.

Appalachian Aging and Disability Resource Center offers in-depth information about the following aging services: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Family Caregiver Program, State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), Information & Referral, Nutrition Program

Eldercare Locator This is a great resource to search for specific care in specific counties and cities. This database is a nationwide resource that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. Connect with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver education or respite from caregiving responsibilities. The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

Medicare provides a search feature to find & compare providers near you, most senior housing and care providers are included on CareAvailability.com. Find & compare plans in your area. Determine if you qualify for premium savings

Medicaid offers information on how to apply for Medicaid, eligibility criteria, links to local state offices, and additional resources

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Whether you are living with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone with the disease, information and resources are available.

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