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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an assisted living community and a nursing home?

As assisted living community is a residential program for seniors who may need assistance with daily activities, such as personal care, mobility, medication administration, meal preparation or household chores, but do not require skilled nursing care. Assisted living programs strive to create a home-like setting that promotes independence.

Nursing homes are designed for people who need daily nursing care. These facilities have nurses available 24 hours a day and have a range of services, such as social workers, physical, speech and occupational therapists, etc. to meet their resident’s health care needs.

Often, nursing home services are needed following a hospitalization or significant decline in health and is focused on rehabilitation that is intended to prepare residents to return to their home. When that is not possible, assisted living may be an option.

What is the average cost for an assisted living community?

The cost varies from about $3000 and $6000 per month, depending on the community’s physical features, size, location, and service provided.

Does Medicare pay for assisted living services?

No. Medicare does not cover any of the costs associated with assisted living. You can speak with our community’s Community Relations/Sales Director for more information about programs that can provide financial assistance with the cost of assisted living.

What levels of care can an assisted living community provide?

Assisted living communities are licensed to provide care at various levels. These levels correspond to the amount of care a resident need. Lower levels can be for residents who need a low level of assistance and higher levels of care correspond to those requiring more hands-on assistance from care team members.

What happens if my loved one’s condition changes and they need more care than they did when first admitted?

Residents can continue to live in assisted living if their care needs change if the care needs are not greater than the highest level of care for which the community is licensed.

How do I get my parents admitted to an assisted living community?

First, choose the community that is right for your parents. The Community Relations/Sales Director at our community will be your liaison and assist with all aspects of the admission process. Ask questions and make sure you understand the services that will be provided and the corresponding fees, as well as the responsibilities of all parties.  Your parents’ physician will need to complete a physical assessment form and submit it to the assisted living community.

Can I bring my pet?

We know your pet is an important member of the family. We allow residents to have pets in their apartment for a nominal fee. There are some breed and size restrictions as well as the number of pets permitted in an apartment. Speak with your Community Relations/Sales Director for our community specific guidelines.

Can I bring my own furniture?

Absolutely! This is your home, and you should have all the comforts and furnishings you enjoy. Our community encourages residents to decorate their own apartments and entrances to add their own personality to their home!

Do you provide housekeeping services?

Yes! We provide housekeeping services on a weekly basis. This includes room cleaning and linen changes.

Is there an emergency call system?

Yes! All apartments are equipped with emergency call systems. We also offer pendants, if you choose, to have an additional level of comfort.

Will I have access to medical care?

Our assisted living community employs a full-time, licensed nurse the Director of Wellness, who oversees all aspects of care, including assessments, medication assistance and communication with family and physicians. In addition, medical centers and hospitals are easily accessible from our community.

The Pines at Columbia Assisted Living Community


190 McSwain Dr West Columbia, SC 29169