South Carolina Nursing Homes: Assisted Living & Elder Care in SC
In South Carolina, there are just under 190 Certified Nursing Care facilities. The occupancy rate at South Carolina facilities is at or just above 85%.
South Carolina Care Facilities Statistic:
Depending on where you live the size of assisted care/nursing home facilities can vary in the number of beds available and the incurred cost of the facility.
In South Carolina, there are just under 6,000 assisted care/nursing home beds in just under 190 facilities. Over 16,500 residents reside in those nursing care facilities. This number will vary from year to year and month to month. For more information go to www.cdc.gov.
Staff to patient ratio:
In South Carolina, according to www.justice.gov, there are no minimum staffing requirements.
There must be a DON (RN Director of Nursing) full time. There will be a licensed nurse RN/LPN for each shift/station 7 days a week. NA/CAN (Nursing Assistant/Certified Assistant Nurse) 1 per 9 residents in daytime hours, 1 per 13 residents in afternoon early evening hours, 1 per 22 residents in during the overnight hours. There is no minimum direct care for each resident required in South Carolina.
No matter what state you live in there needs to be enough staff to provide nursing and related services as they pertain to individual personal care plans and to maintain or enhance the physical, social and emotional needs of each resident according to their individual care plans.
For pending legislation for staff to resident ratio in South Carolina go to http://www.scstatehouse.net/cgibin/web_subject.exe
Cost: The average cost in South Carolina for an Assisted Living/Nursing Home Care is approximately $2,800 for assisted living care and approximately $6,500 for a semi-private and $6,900 for a private room in a nursing home according to www.genworth.com. That is just over $34,000 a year for assisted care and $85,000 for a semi-private room and $82,000 for a private room in nursing home care.
Paying for Assisted Living Nursing Care Facilities:
In South Carolina, most residents pay with pension funds, long-term health insurance, retirement accounts, savings, Social Security and V.A. Benefits. All of these are considered private pay.
Medicare Part A may include coverage at a SNF, skilled nursing facility, if the patient requires skilled medical care.
Nursing home care is generally referred to as custodial care and will not be covered by Medicare.
Medicaid payments, once applied for, will begin when the nursing home or assisted living resident has exhausted all other means of payment such as private funds and/or Long Term Health Insurance. In other words, when the patient no longer has any other means of payment Medicaid takes over in a Medicaid Certified nursing facility.
Top Nursing Care Facilities in South Carolina:
According to U.S. News and World Report there are 27 top rated small nursing care facilities, 21 medium care facilities and 1 large care facilities in the state of South Carolina. These top-rated facilities are located throughout the state. health.usnews.com
Top reasons for needing Long-Term care are age, physical and or mental/memory disabilities, health issues and living alone. The longer you live the more likely it is that you will need long term care. As we age we are prone to the development of health issues which we will not be able to manage at home on our own.
Options for Care
South Carolina Nursing Home Facilities
Nursing Homes provide care for their residents 24/7. Nursing Homes are for our Seniors who need medical and personal care assistance. Seniors with high level medical needs or those with complex medical conditions find the help they need in nursing homes. Nursing Homes provide long-term care for Seniors who require skilled nursing care.
Nursing Homes are set up to enhance and/or maintain the physical, mental, and social well-being of Seniors who are in need of medical and personal care assistance. Nursing homes provide the most extensive personal care that you can receive independent of a hospital.
Assisted Living Facilities in South Carolina
Most of us would prefer that our loved one live at home where they feel safe and secure. There may come a time however, when staying at home is no longer a safe option for our loved one. Usually there will be an incident that brings us to this realization such as the Elder forgetting to take their medication, forgetting to eat their meals or even just the loneliness associated with living alone.
These communities provide care and housing to our elders who need more assistance with daily care but are not yet at the level of care that is provided at a nursing home.
Assisted living communities have grown as an option for our elders who are still independent but require some assistance with daily living tasks.
Assisted Living communities provide, assistance with eating when necessary, medication management, housekeeping, daily hygiene needs and dressing, physical mobility needs, socialization and community activities and transportation needs.
Day Care Centers/Senior Centers in South Carolina
Provide meals, social interaction, exercise programs and dance programs. They provide the older person and the family a respite from personal care which can help the family caregiver go to work or just take a break from the taxing responsibilities of caring for an older loved one
South Carolina Home Health Care
Caretakers can provide personal hygiene care, meal preparation, light cleaning and transportation to stores, appointments and social activities.