Residents at Canterfield of Bluffton enjoy a number of indoor and outdoor amenities, including croquet on the lawn. COURTESY CANTERFIELD OF BLUFFTON

The list of services, amenities and coastal lifestyles in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton area that senior citizen communities provide for its residents is staggering. 

Health and wellness programs, fine dining, community programs and amenities, housekeeping, devotional services, free local transportation and social hours are all-inclusive for renters and homeowners. An assortment of healthcare services is all nearby too. 

Housing covers a wide swath of options from apartments to villas and homes; prices vary. Many rental units are available too. 

Overall, there are 22 senior living options in the area, with 13 on the island and nine on the mainland. 

Here’s a sampling of what some have to offer. (This list does not include home care services.) 

• Sun City Hilton Head

Built by Del Webb Communities and Associates in 1995, Sun City is the largest age-restricted community in South Carolina with more than 8,000 homes and 13,000 residents. Unsurpassed amenities and 200 chartered clubs and interest groups appeal to almost every resident. If you can’t find it here, chances are you won’t find it anywhere in the area. 

• Canterfield Senior Living, Okatie

Nine independent villa units, 93-bed assisted living unit, and a specialized secured unit for those who need memory care services are located in this modern facility.

Restaurant-style dining, health and wellness programs and a vibrant social life are hallmarks of this carefree living country-club environment.

• Bloom at Belfair, Bluffton

Set amidst a 6-acre cluster of pine trees tucked off U.S. 278, this family-owned and operated facility houses residents for independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care. 

All units are rentals. Bloom Senior Living management recently spent $1 million renovating the stately interior. 

Inside, residents find a hair salon, billiards, card table, TV lounge and an entertainment room. Outside, there’s a patio with grill. 

• The Pines at Bluffton 

This assisted living, memory and respite care facility touts “Discover your Best Self” as its calling card. Staff focuses on the wants and needs of each resident who lives on-site at the 6-acre campus in the heart of Bluffton. There’s a variety of floor plans for each apartment, with a host of amenities.  

• The Bayshore on Hilton Head 

This state-of-the-art rental facility along the intracoastal waterway and across from Pinckney Island attracts those seeking the best of independent and assisted living life. Apartments stylish furniture, state-of-the-art appliances and finishes, spacious floor plans, and full-size kitchens. There is no entrance fee for new residents. 

The new Villas at Bayshore are scheduled to open this year and will feature three floor plans and two bedrooms. Concierge services and access to the Country Club of Hilton Head are among the perks for residents. 

Among the amenities are a pier and boat dock, outdoor swimming pool, salon and spa, game rooms, a library, movie theater, bocce court, courtyards with fountains, and café. 

There are four levels of assisted living care, with each catering to the individual needs of residents.

• Palm Meadows Village, Hilton Head

This assisted living respite care facility on Main Street accommodates up to 25 residents. It provides a variety of senior care services, including activities and home-cooked meals. Included are social, recreational, exercise and wellness activities. 

• Okatie Pines Retirement Community, Okatie 

This all-inclusive, lavish independent facility features 24/7 service. There is no buy-in fee or long-term lease attached to signing up. 

The full-time activities director ensures the busy calendar is full of things to do, such as painting classes, shopping and outings. 

This Resort Lifestyles community offers valet parking, a pharmacy, a salon and home-care support.  

• The Seabrook of Hilton Head 

Founded in 1982 as a tax-exempt charitable organization, this continuing care retirement community sits on 21 manicured acres. Units are available for purchase or rental. 

Its five residential buildings house 206 condominiums with 10 floor plans available. 

The Fraser Health Center on-site offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. 

Behind the security gates are a library, auditorium, lounge, salon, exercise room, recreation room and heated swimming pool. 

• Sprenger Healthcare, Bluffton

This newer facility offers 65 private rooms and a therapy gym in the skilled nursing wing, with 45 private suites occupying the assisted living portion of the space. Long-term and respite care are also available.

Life enrichment offerings include art therapy, cooking and pet therapy, and support groups. Activities include art and exercise classes, movies, live performances, community outings and wellness prorams.

The property includes a fitness center, chapel and cafe, and a daily happy hour is offered for residents.

• The Cypress of Hilton Head 

A resort-style environment envelops the 100-acre campus dotted with lagoons and live oaks. Ownership of a cottage, villa, apartment or home offer an independent lifestyle at the Cypress, managed by Life Plan Communities. 

Clubs and games, health and fitness, and continuing education are offered.

Home health care, an on-site clinic and the 62-bed Preston Health Center with skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services are at the disposal of residents.  

Outdoor dining overlooking the golf course, a heated indoor/outdoor pool, salon/spa, fitness center, clubhouse and community hall are among the amenities.

• TidePointe, a Vi community, Hilton Head

Independent living for homeowners paying a one-time membership fee comes with an array of upscale amenities. Homeowners choose from one of 10 floor plans. 

The property includes a fitness center, aquatic center, indoor/oudoor dining, concierge services, billiard and card rooms, a library and reading room, salon and spa, fine dining, a clubhouse for casual dining. Outdoor seating areas and walking trails take advantage of the mild Lowcountry weather.

The on-site Broad Creek Center offers quality care and attention in assisted living and skilled nursing.  

• Holiday Indigo Pines, Hilton Head

Studio apartments, one-and-two bedroom units and cottages are available at this independent living community. A patio or balcony are part of the living package managed by Holiday at Atria. 

A library, card and game rooms, a TV lounge, theater, community center, hair salon and rehabilitation services are among the amenities. 

• Benton House of Bluffton 

The community offers assisted living, memory care and respite stays. The facility is conveniently all on one level, featuring a variety of floorplans for residents. Activities are led by full-time social directors, and include concerts, arts events, and fitness options. Meals are enjoyed in the large dining room.


• The Palmettos of Bluffton, Okatie

Condo ownership along with assisted living and continuing care services are offered by NHC Healthcare management. 

• Bloom at Hilton Head 

Studio, one-bedroom apartments and companion suites house residents of this assisted living and memory care facility, which is a family-owned sister property to Bloom at Belfair.

Perks include room service for meals, shared dining room meals, in-room kitchenette, salon, party space, library, garden and patio, and TV room. 

• The Pines at Hilton Head 

This assisted living, memory and respite care facility on 3 acres provides independence and assistance to all residents. 

• Vineyard Bluffton 

This assisted living and memory care facility focuses on care, connection and community. Independence and assistance join together in a relaxing environment with and a state-of-the-art gym and spa. 


Lowcountry resident Dean Rowland is a veteran senior editor and freelance writer.