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Specialty care units in South Carolina, which can also go by the terms dementia care, memory care, or Alzheimer’s care facilities, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia. Appropriate services and activities are used. They typically include specially trained staff and systems that constantly monitor residents to ensure their safety and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Greenville $2,415 $5,298 Columbia $3,830 $7,390 Anderson $2,787 $4,735
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
The coast, beaches, and parks are some of the more attractive places to visit with Falls Park on the Reedy, Hunting Beach State Park, and Myrtle Beach being popular. There are also historical attractions, beautiful churches, museums, and gardens throughout the state that are good for providing entertainment.
The climate in SC is humid, sub-tropical with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Average high summer temperatures fall around 91 degrees and winter low temperatures around 34 degrees. With 216 days of sunshine over the year and high levels of humidity, the summer can get uncomfortable at times. Precipitation falls for approximately 100 days of the year resulting in an average of 48 inches of rain and 2 inches of snow annually. The culture in South Carolina is much like other southern states, but there are also aspects of Gullah culture that are seen in some, more southern, areas of the state. African influences are also very evident. The state is considered conservative, but some more urban areas, like Charlestown, are more liberal.
In South Carolina, facilities that offer special care for dementia patients are required to disclose the type of care or treatment provided and how it is suitable for residents that are in need of specialized care. Staff and direct care volunteers must be trained prior to having contact with Alzheimer’s residents as well as annually. Additional training may be done if it is deemed necessary. Training should be specific to the needs of the residents and can be done by a licensed individual or through video or books.
South Carolina is ranked 39th in financial safety according to 2016’s Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Hanahan 2.42 16.81 Mount Pleasant 1.79 17.37 Fort Mill 2.52 17.8
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in South Carolina. There is no Medicaid home and community-based waiver available. The average monthly cost of Memory Care in South Carolina is about $4,344.
In South Carolina, patients have the right to be informed, in a manner they can understand, about diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis along with alternatives and side effects. They may also either refuse or consent treatment. The patient’s privacy and confidentiality should be respected. The patient of a memory care community has the right to appoint a designated representative to make decisions for them if they no longer have the cognitive ability to do so.
Patients in South Carolina, or their legal representative, may make a written request to obtain a copy of their medical records. A copy should be provided in no longer than 30 days. If a copy is desired, a reasonable fee may be applied to cover costs, but the records cannot be delayed because of non-payment.