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With a blend of historic southern charm and big-city amenities, Columbia, SC, offers a vibrant lifestyle for seniors who comprise about 9.7% of the population. The warm, mild climate makes it easy for residents to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Seniors can take advantage of the city's thriving arts and culture scene, which includes Town Theatre, the oldest continually operating community theater in the United States. 

Another benefit of retiring in Columbia is its affordable cost of living, which includes low prices for most types of senior care. Assisted living services cost $3,248 per month, according to the 2019 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, which compares very favorably to the national average of $4,051. Columbia residents can also expect to spend about $400 less than the U.S. monthly average for in-home and home health care services. Nursing home care is the exception, with a private room in Columbia costing about $300 more than the national median. 

Keep reading to learn the 10 best assisted living facilities in Columbia.

The Best Assisted Living Facilities in Columbia

Brookdale Columbia Senior Living

Address: 251 Springtree Drive, Columbia, SC 29223
Phone number: (803) 220-0165
Website: https://www.brookdale.com/en/communities/brookdale-columbia-south-carolina.html?cid=yext

Brookdale Columbia combines personalized care and a welcoming atmosphere with upscale surroundings that create a resort-like feel. Residents are encouraged to make their own schedules and choose their own activities from the wide range of classes and events offered. Seniors can cultivate their favorite plants in the raised garden beds, play a few songs on the community piano or curl up beside the fireplace with a good book from the on-site library. The secure keypad entry helps ensure resident safety, and staff are awake and available 24 hours per day.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types:
 Studio Apartments; Companion Suites
Number of Beds:
52
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 3.8 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 49

HarborChase of Columbia

Address: 120 Fairforest Road, Columbia, SC 29212
Phone number: (803) 756-3449
Website:
 https://www.harborchase.com/harborchase-columbia/

Located near the shores of Harbison Lake, HarborChase of Columbia has a peaceful, bucolic setting while still being conveniently close to many of the city's amenities. It offers a range of care options, including assisted living and memory care. We included it in our list due to its extensive life enrichment program, which gives residents more than 21 different activities to choose from every day. A variety of medical services are available on-site, including visits from a podiatrist, psychological and behavioral health services, auditory clinics and visiting doctors.

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,595
Room Types:
 Studio Apartments; Companion Suites
Number of Beds:
66
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 3.8 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 63

Harbison Hall

Address: 534 Wil Stel Road, Columbia, SC 29210
Phone number: (803) 731-2000
Website:
 https://harbisonhallassistedliving.com/

Harbison Hall is a quiet, close-knit community that encourages active senior living. It offers a range of activities to accommodate every resident's interests and abilities, and the trained and qualified staff is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to provide assistance with daily tasks and special needs. The secured entrances are monitored by alarms for added safety, and each apartment has an emergency call system. Residents enjoy three meals per day prepared under the guidance of a registered dietitian to ensure all their nutritional needs are met.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types:
 Not Listed
Number of Beds:
Not Listed
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.4 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 31

Carolina Gardens at Harbison

Address: 990 Columbia Avenue, Irmo, SC 29063
Phone number: (803) 749-7889
Website:
 https://www.carolina-gardens.com/

Carolina Gardens at Harbison is an active senior living community with a focus on healthy living. Assisted living residents have access to 24-hour care tailored to their unique needs through individual care plans, and the monitored emergency call system ensures help is just moments away. The facility features spacious grounds, a library, beauty salon/barber shop and movie theater to meet residents' social and entertainment needs. Residents can take advantage of scheduled transportation to appointments, social events and other off-site activities. 

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,540
Room Types:
 Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments; Companion Suites
Number of Beds:
83
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 3.2 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 32

Brookdale Harbison

Address: 51 Woodcross Drive, Columbia, SC 29212
Phone number: (803) 220-0167
Website: https://www.brookdale.com/en/communities/brookdale-harbison.html?cid=yext

Brookdale Harbison offers compassionate, state-of-the-art care in a resort-like environment. Residents enjoy fresh, chef-prepared meals in the restaurant-style dining room. On-site amenities include a spa, library, wellness center and party space. Residents also receive a complimentary membership at Harbison Recreation Center. This is a pet-friendly community, so seniors are welcome to bring their small dogs along. The full-time staff handles basic housekeeping and linen services for all residents, and additional assistance with bathing, grooming and other daily tasks is offered on a personalized basis.

Starting Monthly Cost: Not Listed
Room Types:
 Studio Apartments; Companion Suites
Number of Beds:
53
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.2 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 19

Atria Forest Lake

Address: 4405 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206
Phone number: (803) 767-4419
Website:
 https://www.atriaseniorliving.com/retirement-communities/atria-forest-lake-columbia-sc/

Located within walking distance of numerous shopping and dining opportunities, Atria Forest Lake is an excellent choice for active seniors. Residents can enjoy a stroll through the beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens, then relax on the classic Southern-style front porch. The daily menu is prepared fresh by expert chefs, and vegetarian meals are available. Memory care services are available for seniors with cognitive issues, and residents receive an emergency pendant so they can call for assistance from anywhere in the facility. This pet-friendly community also features an on-site full-service salon and barber shop. 

Starting Monthly Cost: $4,100
Room Types:
Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments
Number of Beds:
60
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.3 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 92

Carolina Gardens at Kathwood

Address: 4520 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206
Phone number: (803) 787-1234
Website:
 http://www.prioritylc.com/communities/carolina-gardens-at-kathwood/

Carolina Gardens at Kathwood is located in the desirable Forest Acres neighborhood of Columbia, which puts it within walking distance of shopping, dining, churches and other amenities. The spacious, airy rooms feature large windows that look out over a picturesque view of woods, a stream or the beautifully landscaped courtyard. The expansive life enrichment program includes a variety of on-site activities as well as daily excursions into the surrounding community. Residents can order their favorite meals off of an extensive, restaurant-style dining menu, which includes a variety of home-cooked Southern favorites.

Starting Monthly Cost: $3,120
Room Types:
Studio and One-Bedroom Apartments
Number of Beds:
100
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.3 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 19

Wildewood Downs

Address: 731 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223
Phone number: (803) 291-2815
Website:
 https://wildewood-downs.com/care-services/assisted-living/

Wildewood Downs offers a compassionate, person-centered approach to assisted living with an all-inclusive price structure so residents can budget with greater ease. The executive chefs at this facility offer top-notch dining with daily specials for variety, and the social calendar offers numerous events every day so each resident can participate in activities that suit their tastes. Seniors can stay fit with the wide range of exercise classes, which are tailored to a variety of mobility levels. The on-site professional salon helps residents stay fashionable and well-groomed.

Starting Monthly Cost: $4,980
Room Types:
 Studio, One-, Two- and Three-Bedroom Apartments; Detached Homes
Number of Beds:
244
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.2 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 92

Carolina Gardens at Lexington

Address: 5422 Augusta Road, Lexington, SC 29072
Phone number: (803) 520-5850
Website:
 http://www.prioritylc.com/communities/carolina-gardens-at-lexington/

Carolina Gardens at Lexington is conveniently located just a minute away from I-20 and less than 10 minutes from Lexington Medical Center. We included it due to its extensive life enrichment program, which takes an innovative five-pronged approach that strives to meet seniors' cognitive, physical, spiritual, social and creative/emotional needs. The beautiful grounds also deserve a mention, as they feature a community barbecue, plenty of covered seating and a greenhouse and raised garden beds where residents can show off their green thumbs. Three home-cooked meals accompanied by a large salad bar are offered daily, and snacks are available throughout the day.

Starting Monthly Cost: $2,525
Room Types:
Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments
Number of Beds:
90
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.1 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 51

The Harmony Collection at Columbia

Address: 2300 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229
Phone number: (803) 999-5232
Website:
 https://www.harmonyseniorservices.com/senior-living/sc/columbia/clemson-rd-al-mc/

The Harmony Collection at Columbia offers comfortable senior living in a casually elegant setting. Residents can enjoy fine dining at the restaurant-style dining room or grab a casual snack at the on-site pub and bistro. It's also located close to countless amenities, from shopping and dining to outdoor recreation at Congaree National Park. Staff take a compassionate, family-oriented approach to senior care, and assisted living residents have access to 24-hour care for help with medication management, health care support and daily tasks.

Starting Monthly Cost: $2,500
Room Types:
 Studio, One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments; Companion Suites
Number of Beds:
Not Listed
Reviews:

  • Average Stars: 4.3 out of 5
  • Number of Reviews: 55

Learn More About Assisted Living in Columbia

Columbia combines the vibrant atmosphere of a trendy college town with the quiet ambience of a small Southern community. As the second-largest city in South Carolina, it has plenty of senior living options so retirees are sure to find a good fit for their needs.

To learn more about paying for assisted living in Columbia, visit our city page here.