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When you hear the word “Buffalo,” the first thing that might come to mind is buffalo wings. But there’s so much more to the city than the invention of this popular bar-and-grill staple. The Buffalo, New York, area is rich with history, architecture, and arts — not to mention being home to an extensive parks system. It’s also home to a number of assisted living communities, with a range of residential options that allow seniors to live in an accessible, age-friendly setting with assistance in day-to-day activities, as well as other care-related services, all while surrounded by the beauty of Buffalo.
To help find an assisted living community that’s best suited to your specific needs, A Place for Mom has put together this guide. Below, you’ll find listings for 10 assisted living communities within a 10-mile radius of Buffalo’s city center that partner with A Place for Mom. You’ll also find details on payment options, local and state regulations, transportation, health care, and more on the city itself.
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Brompton Heights does a good job at working with you to make sure your loved one has the best care possible. They are compassionate, and skilled at different levels of care for the residents. The meals are decent for my loved one. Ice cream socials, outside entertainment, book readings, celebrations and more are some of the activities available for the residents to choose from.
The staff is very caring and make residents feel very at home. They provide lots for the residents to do with activities, outings, and functions to include families. It is always kept very clean, and is bright and cheerful.
It is a small community. I like the fact that it is on one floor, and a simple floor plan for my loved one. Overall the staff is friendly and helpful.
1500 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
We are very pleased with the Bristol home. Mom is also very happy there. She has made friends and is much more active. All personnel are friendly. We feel she is safe and well cared for.
The Bristol Home is a non-profit assisted living facility located in the theatre district of Downtown Buffalo. The Bristol Home has served the needs of the area's elderly women for more than one hundred and thirty-five years. Our mission is to continue providing exceptional care and services to...
2971 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217
I have found Brookdale Kenmore to be an exceptional facility. It has been a great place for my family member. The attentiveness of the staff really stands out to me.
Here you’ll get to redefine your independence, pursue new hobbies and live your life your way. At our enhanced assisted living community, you’ll have choices for how to spend your time. With enhanced assisted living, you’ll have assistance with medications, dressing and bathing, as well as...
575 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
My grandmother moved to Peregrine a few months ago and has made many friends. She enjoys the activities-such as outings, crafts, manicures, and card games. Her room is very spacious and has a little...
At Peregrine's Landing Senior Community, every day you will be greeted by members of our friendly, caring staff who will offer freshly prepared, restaurant-style meals in our elegant dining room. Participate in exciting, fulfilling daily activities. Or, visit with friends and family, enjoy a...
3030 Clinton St, West Seneca, NY 14224
Eden Heights was a wonderful facility. We chose them because it was quick, they had availability, and they took her on short notice. The room sizes at the facility were adequate for what she needed. The...
Eden Heights of West SenecaEden Heights is an assisted living community that is found among the rolling hills and wide open skies of West Seneca, NY. Our community is only minutes from downtown Buffalo, which gives visiting relatives plenty of lodging and dining choices during their visit. Eden...
2248 Old Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Was expectibg one of the lower tier homes for the price but it’s very nice there!
There’s something for everyone at Glenwell, a senior living community that offers the comforts of home, a commitment to enhancing quality of life, and personal care services in a supportive environment. Our welcoming community is conveniently located in a quiet setting just around the corner from...
229 Bennett Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Overall our experience with Elderwood Assisted Living has been a good one. The staff is very compassionate, and they do a great job explaining everything that is going to be going on. We had a few difficult...
Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga is a assisted living community located in the growing town of Cheektowaga, NY. Cheektowaga is located in Erie County, close to Buffalo, and home to just over 88,000 people. Cheektowaga has a lot of great stores, shopping, and restaurants giving residents...
3456 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217
Very busy place. Residents seem very active a lot of them seem to come and go as they please. Facility was clean; had scheduled activities; staff seemed friendly; outdoor space was being utilized by...
There’s something for everyone at Kenwell, a senior living community that offers the comforts of home, a commitment to enhancing quality of life, and personal care services in a supportive environment. Our welcoming community is conveniently located just around the corner from shopping,...
580 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
This is a very nice place. The staff are very good to work with and responding to the family's questions. There was no follow up with the family specifically about the admittance and re-entering the...
Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca offers an independent lifestyle with caring personal attention. The community in West Seneca, New York, features comfortable common spaces and private studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The backyard patio features a lovely koi pond and overlooks a...
5271 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
This community was available at the time our loved one needed to be quickly moved, the staff members and residents are all very nice to our loved one and to our family. We have not had a meal ourselves but...
Elderwood Village at Williamsville offers an independent lifestyle with a caring, personal touch. Our community, located close to the Village of Williamsville, features studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. Our experienced and attentive staff handles cooking, housekeeping and...
111 Ensminger Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150
it's going okay with my loved one being here so far. i've personally spent some time at another Elderwood community and did not like it. they have several locations, and this one gets a FIVE!
While we may be new to the Elderwood family, our facility has been located in Tonawanda for over 20 years. Formally Tonawanda Manor, Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda prides itself on the staff that have worked here for decades. Our administrator, Ann Marie, has been a part of our community...
201 Reist Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
135 Evans St, Williamsville, NY 14221
410 Mill St., Williamsville, NY 14221
6076 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
When looking for a place for my father-in-law, we were overwhelmed with the decisions that we had to make. When we took a virtual tour of Brookdale Williamsville, we were impressed with everything we heard...
A place that is familiar and comforting—that’s home. Our Alzheimer's and dementia care community, also known as Clare Bridge, is rooted in “a person-centered approach”. That means we help our residents find a sense of belonging and purpose while also helping them preserve who they are. For people...
815 Hopkins Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
Our parents love it there, the friendliness of the staff members as well as the meals and dining service gets a 5+. Everyone there is very friendly and very nice. It is expensive so if family's can afford it...
2235 Millersport Hwy, Getzville, NY 14068
2680 N Forest Road, Amherst, NY 14068
2650 N Forest Road, Getzville, NY 14068
275 Brompton Road, Williamsville, NY 14221
Brompton Heights does a good job at working with you to make sure your loved one has the best care possible. They are compassionate, and skilled at different levels of care for the residents. The meals...
Assisted LivingFor the active senior who seeks to maintain a healthy and enriched lifestyle without the worries of maintaininga home, the Assisted Living services and accommodations at Brompton Heights offerthe perfect solution. Our community is more like home than ever before. In addition to...
101 Sterling Drive, Orchard Park, NY 14127
It’s is almost a year my mom has been living at Peregrine OP. A year of wonderful friends, laughter, love and experiences brought in by the activities director. We are truly blessed to have such a...
Peregrine's Landing at Orchard Park Memory Care Community is located in Orchard Park, New York, an outstanding suburb southeast of Buffalo. Our care specialty is focused on the memory impaired; but not only that, our resident's are revered and respected for their contribution to society as a...
111 Saint Gregory Ct, Williamsville, NY 14221
I have regularily been going there for over six years and It has never had a smell of any kind. It is very clean and the food is very good. I have had two relatives there, one of which is my mom. I...
Elderwood St. Gregory Court offers a home like setting and cheerful smiles from our professional staff who greet you every day. Our caring staff offers the assistance you need while respecting your independence.Our peaceful setting, restaurant style dining experience, activities, and beautiful...
245 Bassett Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
We have had a very pleasant experience so far. The peace of mind has been wonderful. My loved one has been very happy here. The staff are very helpful, and helped with a smooth transition into this...
Elderwood Village at Bassett Park offers exceptional assisted living services in the historic village of Williamsville, New York. As part of the Buffalo Metro Region, Williamsville is a great place to call home offering all the charm of small town living and the conveniences that come from being...
49 Tennyson Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
The staff is wonderful and caring. The rooms dining activity are lovely and spotless. The activities are fun with lots of live concerts. The staff goes out of their way to bring residents to the...
While it is easy to boast about the true beauty of Tennyson Court our dedicated and professional team members are our true offering. Tennyson Court Assisted Living and Memory Care has been providing outstanding care to the WNY community for over 20 years. Our Nurses and Care Aides have been...
725 Renaissance Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221
Assisted living in Buffalo runs an average of $4,299 per month, according to proprietary data from A Place for Mom. This figure typically includes housing, meals, care fees, and any associated fees. You may also find that the community charges an entrance or admission fee, which is a one-time fee that will go toward the cost of care.
For your reference, the following figures represent the average baseline costs of assisted living communities for the immediate Buffalo area and do not necessarily include additional fees for ancillary services.
Though seniors still live independent lives in an assisted living community, residents do receive care services which makes assisted living more expensive that some other types of senior living (such as independent living or senior apartments). As such, seniors and their families will likely find themselves relying on a combination of private and public resources to cover the monthly costs.
Below, you’ll find more details on a variety of payment methods for assisted living, which might include VA benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, and private funds.
While financial assistance may be available, seniors will often need to dip into their private funds to pay for assisted living – particularly when it comes to room and board. This may include Social Security benefits, retirement savings, pensions, distributions from retirement accounts, income generated by investments, and any one or combination of the following:
In New York, businesses that provide care services must be licensed through the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to operate. An assisted living facility in New York is defined as a business providing residential care services and a homelike setting. For any business considered an assisted living community, it must apply for what’s known as an Assisted Living Residence (ALR) license. Upon licensure, the business would then be subject to inspections by New York’s Department of Health every 12 to 18 months to ensure that the residence meets all required regulations. These inspections include but are not limited to maintenance of indoor and outdoor facilities, medication management, dietary regiment plans, and food storage and preparation. You can search inspection reports via the New York State Department of Health’s website by county, provider name, or type of facility.
Adult Care Facilities (ACF) in New York are simply defined as places that offer long-term housing and some level of personal care for residents who need supervision but not medical or nursing care. There are three types of licensed ACFs in New York:
An ACF can then be licensed as an Assisted Living Residence (ALR) and can also get additional certification to provide a higher level of care. To provide memory care, a ALR would also need a Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR) certificate. To provide a higher level of care for those with consistent mobility issues or more serious needs, an Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR) certificate would be needed.
ALRs are required to provide a host of services, including personal care and case management. They also have to manage medication and coordinate any health care services that are provided by a third party. EALRs must do all of that as well as provide nursing care or arrange for it.
One of the main regulations for assisted living communities involves staffing. To operate and market itself as assisted living, the community must employ:
If operating an Enhanced Assisted Living Residence, which provides a greater level of care, then the community would also need registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and home health aides in addition to the above team members. Should the assisted living community also offer memory care, further requirements would involve special training in caring for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and different facility parameters (i.e., window stops, delayed egress system on external doors, enclosed courtyards, etc.).
Here are some additional resources for complete information about assisted living in New York:
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
While there are currently no specific COVID-19 mandates for the Buffalo area, the Erie County Department of Health strongly encourages assisted living communities to follow CDC guidelines and safety measures. However, individual facilities may have their own guidelines.
Communities do not require but strongly encourage vaccinations and boosters.
While not required, wearing a mask if in an indoor area or if experiencing COVID symptoms is encouraged.
Regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces is encouraged, especially in high traffic areas.
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Gender split: 67% female
Assisted living communities in Buffalo offer seniors the opportunity to remain independent in a homelike setting – just with a little assistance in daily activities. You can expect a range of residential options, from those offering more of a no-frills experience to those with a bit more luxury in their accommodations and amenities.
The majority of our partner assisted living communities in the greater Buffalo area are stand-alone assisted living communities, allowing seniors to maintain their independence in an age-friendly environment. However, other residential settings are available. You can find communities that offer a combination of independent living and assisted living, assisted living and memory care, and independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Facilities that offer a combination of care offer a very progressive long-term care option to seniors and their families as elders can begin in their independent or assisted living portion and transition to receive more care, including memory care, if they need it.
Most assisted living communities provide residents with private living quarters, maintenance services, assistance with activities of daily living, and snacks and dining plans to accommodate almost any dietary need. But they’ll also offer health-related care services – some of which will be included in the monthly fee, while others will come at an additional cost. The most common of care-related services will be medication management which all Buffalo assisted living facilities in A Place for Mom’s network provide. The same can be said for occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and even podiatry, all of which would be provided by visiting practitioners. Some of our partner communities also make available hospice care, on-site nursing, and some level of memory care. Communities that offer these additional levels of care are often combination facilities that offer assisted living along with memory care.
Residents at assisted living facilities have access to shared common areas, and depending on the community, these areas may include the likes of an arts and crafts center, movie room, billiards lounge, library, TV lounge, dining room, or enclosed courtyard. And with all our partner communities in Buffalo employing an activity director, expect an array of activities to participate in. Day trips are far from uncommon. You may find yourself visiting a local attraction, like the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens or Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Trivia games are also regular occurrences, as are picnics, happy hours, and live musical performances. At some of our partner communities in Buffalo, you can take part in yoga, chair yoga, brain fitness, art classes, or on-site devotional activities.
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Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Buffalo
Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Buffalo population
Median annual income for Buffalo seniors 65 and older
The Buffalo area has no shortage of health care options for seniors, some of which are ranked as high performing in care services most often used by the senior population
Seniors in our partner assisted living facilities can get where they need to go easily because 70% of our partner facilities offer complimentary transportation while the rest provide it at cost. Otherwise, residents of Buffalo generally get around by car.
The public transit score for Buffalo sits right at 47. Transit scores are based on the transportation infrastructure of cities and their neighborhoods in comparison to other cities, and these scores are based on a scale from 0-100. For a score of 47, there are a few travel options nearby, but traveling can be difficult or time-consuming as travel options may be infrequent — such as bus stops not being close together.
However, don’t mistake the rating as meaning there are no public transit options available for seniors. On the contrary, seniors can readily use the Metro Rail or Metro Bus system. All Metro buses have wheelchair ramps or lifts and a kneeling feature to lower the bus. Service animals are also allowed on the bus and the rail. The Metro Rail stations and trains are also wheelchair accessible. A paratransit option is also available called PAL Direct.
The Going Places Transportation System, a senior-specific, curb-to-curb van service is also available in Erie County. You or your loved one will need to schedule a ride in advance.
Buffalo has an overall walkability score of 67, meaning that walking from place to place in Buffalo is possible but accomplishing some errands by walking may be too arduous and require a car or other transportation. Though active seniors can still get around by bike or foot, especially when living in the neighborhoods of Allen, Grant Ferry, Bryant, Front Park, and the Central Business District. These neighborhoods range anywhere between 85 and 94 in walk scores. Bikeability for the area is almost as good, coming in at 63.
With its rich history, thriving art scene, and extensive park system, Buffalo offers a diverse range of activities for the young and young-at-heart alike. Honestly, it’s just a matter of deciding what you want to do that day – and the area will offer plenty of options.
Just take Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, for instance. With regularly scheduled one- and two-hour tours, you can roam the halls of this 15,000-square-foot complex of six interconnected buildings: including the Martin House itself, as well as a conservatory, carriage house-stable, and a smaller residence. A day trip can also take you to another of Wright’s constructions: Graycliff, the summer residence of the Martin family.
Buffalo is also home to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site, where visitors can tour historically restored rooms and experience a number of interactive exhibits. Make a day of it, and visit the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park as well, where visitors have a variety of tour options that include a museum, the grounds, and four decommissioned Naval vessels.
As far as parks go, there’s no shortage of options. The entire park system was designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Of his creations, Delaware Park gets much of the attention, and for good reason. It’s one of the top 10 parks in the world. But there’s also Front Park, Cazenovia Park, and the 22-acre Riverside Park, which has a rain garden, meandering pool, lighthouse, World War I memorial, and Niagara River outlook…and speaking of Niagara, you should never forget Niagara Falls State Park.
The average cost of Assisted Living in Buffalo is 4,386 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. (2018). Buffalo’s Frederick Law Olmsted Legacy: The Park System that Started It All.
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