Aug
02

Senior Housing is Big Business in Beaufort County

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elderly_peopleIn the next two years, Beaufort County can expect to see a 34 percent increase in its capacity of senior housing.

Most of the construction is happening in Bluffton, Okatie and on Hilton Head Island — adding about 502 new beds in all — but the growth will be just as noticeable in northern Beaufort County.

Port Royal and Beaufort will see 301 new beds, a 58 percent increase from its current capacity for independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care, compared with 27 percent south of the Broad River.

In all, the growth is coming from the recent and planned expansions of three existing senior-living homes — Benton House of Bluffton, Cypress of Hilton Head, and The Palmettos at NHC Bluffton — and the planned addition of 11 new facilities.

The companies are capitalizing on a trend 20 years in the making. The thousands of retirees who first moved into Sun City Hilton Head in the 1990s, and smaller local retirement communities, are starting to age out, and more and more often, the next wave are bringing their elderly parents along with them, local senior housing professionals say.

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