Three years after South Bay opened its doors, the luxury retirement community in central Mount Pleasant continues to prosper, offering a wide range of living options and an ever-growing menu of amenities to seniors in various stages of life.
Having celebrated their third anniversary on Oct. 1, South Bay is home to hundreds of independent living residents. Those in assisted living, skilled nursing, memory support and short-term rehabilitation also are on campus at Shem Creek Health Center. According to Director of Marketing Denise Devanney, South Bay’s newly-appointed Executive Director, Sean Davis, recently arrived with the experience and expertise to guide South Bay into the future and ensure that the community is a great place to call home for both existing and new residents.
“He is a wonderful addition to our campus,” Devanney said, pointing out that Davis has spent the past 12 years in the senior living industry. “As people age, they may need additional services, like bathing, dressing or taking medications. It’s really good to have an Executive Director who understands residents’ changing needs.”
In June 2021, South Bay added 18 garden flat apartment homes ranging from 1,543 square feet to 1,952 square feet. All have beautiful lake views and ample porch space along with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining spaces with some having a den or study.
“The garden homes feel more like individual homes, with a carport and garage,” Devanney said. “They are geared toward the younger seniors who are still quite active.”
South Bay’s amenities include opportunities for residents to enjoy bocce ball, croquet and pickleball, as well as a putting green, walking trails, an indoor saltwater swimming pool and a fitness center with exercise equipment and plenty of space for fitness classes. Just as important is the on-site clinic that is affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina. Two physicians, Dr. Natalie Christian and Dr. Sean Haley offer appointment days and times that are exclusively available to South Bay residents..
“It’s really wonderful to have two physicians on-site for our residents,” Devanney commented. “If they are established with MUSC, they don’t have to leave campus to see a primary care physician.”
Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, South Bay adapted and evolved to keep residents and staff as safe as possible. Technology (new and existing Apps) helped residents stay in touch with their friends and relatives and also provided virtual tours for those thinking about moving to South Bay. Meals were delivered door to door and those who live at South Bay stayed active with online exercise classes. Vaccination clinics onsite were also available for residents and staff.
So what sets South Bay at Mount Pleasant apart from other retirement communities? Devanney noted, “we are a rental community with no buy-in or entrance fee required which provides an attractive financial model. Most important, however, is the family atmosphere that residents can find within our community.”
“It’s all about the residents. It’s a true South Bay family,” she explained. “The staff and residents really look out for each other and make sure everyone is living their best life. It’s remarkable how close you can become to your residents and team members. This is even true for furry family members as pets are always welcome at South Bay.”
To learn more about South Bay at Mount Pleasant and the Shem Creek Health Center, which has been rated as a 5-star facility by the South Carolina Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, visit www.southbayatmountpleasant.com or call 843-886-1124.