Who We Are
The South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes (SCARCH) is a not-for-profit organization representing over 130 assisted living and residential care facilities serving about 10,000 individuals statewide. SCARCH represents assisted living, residential care facilities, home care, home health and hospice groups throughout the state. In addition, over 50 companies providing goods and services to member facilities are vendor member partners.
Originally formed in 1967 as the South Carolina Association of Homes for the Aging, the Association has grown dramatically during the past 47 years. The Association changed its name to the South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes in 1974 and became incorporated as a 501c6 organization in 1994.
SCARCH is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors representing the state on a regional basis. The Association’s staff includes a full time executive director and a contract lobbyist and consulting group. Melody Bailey serves as the Executive Director, having served the association since 2001. Rita Stanley with Bailey Manor is the current President and Kerr and Company Consulting is the contracted lobbyist and consulting firm. SCARCH’s member benefits include a quarterly printed newsletter, weekly email news updates, discounted training programs, group purchasing programs, legislative and regulatory advocacy, consultation services and networking opportunities.
The facilities in South Carolina are among the highest quality providers in the country. The diversity of assisted living/residential care is reflected in our membership. We have facility members ranging in size from 5 beds to 169 beds, along with a number providing specialized care for memory impairment. Our facility members strive to maintain an environment that is homelike and meets the needs of the residents served. We provide members with legislative and regulatory representation before the South Carolina General Assembly and other state regulatory agencies. We also provide our members with training programs to meet continuing education requirements required for licensing and for professional development. Our commitment is to continually better our communities and their staff through education, association support and networking opportunities.