Community Residential Care Facilities

Community residential care facilities (CRCF) are licensed and monitored by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Division of Health Licensing. CRCFs offer room and board and which, unlike boarding homes, provide a degree of personal care for a period of time in excess of 24 consecutive hours for two or more persons, 18 years old or older. CRCFs should be designed to accommodate residents’ changing needs and preferences, maximize residents’ dignity, autonomy, privacy, independence, and safety and encourage family and community involvement. All facilities are licensed as community residential care facilities, but may be referred to as "assisted living facilities." Every CRCF is routinely inspected and is required to post their Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) license in a conspicuous location in the facility.

As of July 2013, DHEC licenses and monitors 475 CRCFs with a total of 16,930 beds across the state. There are a wide variety of CRCFs in South Carolina and this meets the needs of the diversified population looking for a CRCF. Facilities may be not-for-profit, for-profit, family-owned, or corporately-owned. They also range in size from three beds to more than 100 licensed beds.

To learn more about the licensing process and the Division of Health Licensing visit their Web site at .

South Carolina also requires that administrators of a CRCF be licensed. The South Carolina Board of Long Term Health Care Administrators (LTHCA) licenses qualified individuals as CRCF administrators and oversees continuing education, discipline, and practice of administration. To learn more about the administrator's licensing process and LTHCA visit their Web site at: .

Updated 10-10-13