Buckingham South

5450 Abercorn Street

Savannah, GA, 31405

(912) 355-5550

Locally owned and operated, Buckingham South is Savannah’s premium retirement and assisted living facility.

Hello. My name is John Reddan. I’m an eldercare consultant here in Savannah, Georgia. Today I want to talk about Buckingham South, an assisted-living facility on Abercorn Street.

One of my favorite things about Buckingham South is its owner, Miss Rita Slatus. Rita comes from a long line of senior-care professionals. In fact, Buckingham North was in Chicago, which was started and run by her parents. She worked in it all her life. She founded Buckingham South in the late 1990s when she realized that Savannah really had a dearth of assisted- living facilities and needed something of a higher caliber.

One of the things you’ll hear my say repeatedly is I love organically created senior-care companies, whether that’s a homecare agency or a nursing home or a retirement community. And Buckingham South is just such a place. What I really like is that Rita’s there on a daily basis. She’s always available. She is the decision maker, and having that kind of access to a professional who has such a strong sense of ownership over a community, I think is really important. She’s constantly working on the product and the service delivery, and I think that shows in everything that happens there at Buckingham South.

Probably one of the most telling positive features of Buckingham South is the fact that so many of Savannah’s physicians actually have their mothers or fathers there when they get to the point where they start needing some extra help. I think that’s for two reasons. One, because they’re getting some exceptional care; and two, because Buckingham South is actually located quite close to two separate hospitals. Anyway, that’s what I wanted to say today about Buckingham South, an assisted-living facility in Savannah, Georgia.

Remember, this is not a formal endorsement. These are just the facts as I see them and the experiences that I’ve had. Thank you so much.

Benefits of a Buckingham South Lifestyle

  • Freedom of Choice – to do interesting and stimulating daily activities without worries about the mundane chores of living. You deserve it.
  • Personal Security – You and your possessions will be safe at Buckingham South. We have 24-hour-a-day security.
  • Dignity and Privacy – You will receive the respect you deserve and the help you need.
  • Personal Attention – You need never feel alone. Help is always available. If you should ever need extra assistance, we are here to provide it.
  • Comfort and Luxury – The service and amenities are right here. Entertain your friends in our elegant full-service dining room, or reserve the small dining room for a private party.
  • Convenience – Our scheduled transportation and location put your needs at the doorstep.
  • Enrichment – Friendship and a vast array of cultural, social, and intellectual activities will add vitality and fun to your life.


Buckingham South residents are our first priority. Our highly trained, friendly staff is committed to providing you with service, comfort, support, and interesting activities
that will enliven your spirit. When you decide to move, our move-in coordinator will help you with the details and decisions.
Our monthly fee includes:

  • Three delicious gourmet meals served daily
  • Medical director on-call 24/7
  • Stimulating social, educational, and recreational programs
  • Transportation to doctors, churches, and outings
  • Assistance with daily living activities
  • Medication monitoring
  • Health screenings
  • Complete residential maintenance service
  • Licensed nurses on staff
  • Utilities (except telephone)
  • Personal laundry
  • Daily housekeeping


Buckingham South is perfectly located in one of Savannah’s finest residential neighborhoods in the heart of Savannah. We are steps away from shopping centers, restaurants, and grocery stores. Nearby are two medical centers, malls, banks, churches, synagogues, and beaches.

Our monthly fee includes three delicious meals served daily in our elegant full-service dining room, daily and weekly housekeeping, all utilities (except telephone), maintenance, 24-hour emergency call system and security, use of a beautiful library, TV room, exercise and fitness center,activities and crafts studio, private dining room, laundry rooms, scheduled activities, health screening, and medication management.

Rita Slatus, executive director of Buckingham South is a licensed healthcare administrator and has been involved with senior healthcare since she was 16 years of age! Rita has worked in long term healthcare in a variety of positions, including nursing, dietary, social services and administration.

Over ten years ago, after having delivered a lecture on ‘quality healthcare for seniors’, Rita received a petition in the mail from a group of physicians as well as some prominent leaders of the Savannah’s community, requesting that Rita bring this ‘quality care’ to Savannah, Georgia. Their dream came true when Buckingham South opened its doors in April of 1999!

Buckingham South has been designed to offer our residents both independent living and assisted living lifestyles. Our warm, secure environment encourages a rewarding, independent style of life, while support from our qualified staff is available as needed and tailored to meet your unique needs.


At the heart of the Buckingham South community is a philosophy of caring and understanding that supports a unique balance of independence with the kind of high-quality support services our residents desire. Special amenities include:

  • Elegant full-service dining room
  • Private dining room for special occasions and parties
  • Scheduled recreation, social, and cultural activities
  • Spectacular courtyards and landscaping
  • Private mailboxes
  • Activity and craft studio
  • Library
  • Exercise/fitness center
  • Meeting room
  • Beautiful lounges
  • Parking for residents and guests
  • Convenient laundry on each floor
  • Beauty salon/ barber shop
  • 24-hour, on-site security

Buckingham South is Savannah’s premium retirement and assisted living facility. Our staff provides an extra measure of luxury with a personal touch. Our caregivers spend time getting to know the people they serve, and our nurses’ caring touches and warm smiles meet more than just physical needs. Buckingham South is a place where laughter is heard, where needs are met, and where memories are made.

Located in beautiful Savannah, Ga., our thoughtfully planned community has set the standard for retirement and assisted living. We offer an elegant, quality lifestyle where exciting activities, companionship, service, luxury accommodations, and peace of mind are everyday experiences.

If a resident’s needs change, our staff is sensitive to changing with them. With round-the-clock assistance, every Buckingham South resident can take comfort in knowing that help is immediately available. It’s a place where the staff makes sure that every need is met with personal, professional service, whether it’s serving a meal, managing medicines, or helping with a crossword puzzle.