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The Buffalo area offers a nice mix of history, culture, and recreational activities for residents of all ages. The park system alone makes it worth living here, designed by the renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. The city also has a thriving art scene, with galleries and museums galore. Additionally, the cost of living is 5% lower in Buffalo than the national average, making it ideal for almost anyone looking to remain active during retirement.
Speaking of retirement, the Buffalo area is home to many senior living options – independent living being chief among them. Like many communities across the country, independent living facilities in the city offer a senior-friendly living environment that will allow you to age in place, with their centralized locations, improved accessibility, onsite amenities, and socializing opportunities aplenty. Should you need assistance, there are also those independent living communities that offer additional services, such as assisted living and memory care, as part of their combination of care offerings.
With several factors to consider when looking for an independent living community, A Place for Mom has put together this guide to make the process easier. Below, you’ll find listings for the five Buffalo independent living communities in A Place for Mom’s network, ranked by a variety of categories. Further in, you can also find details on payment options, local and state regulations, transportation, health care, and more on Buffalo itself.
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My loved one currently lives at St. Charles Village and overall the experience has been great. They have been amazing and my loved one has improved in overall health and is happy here! The dining room is very nice, with a view of the canal. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The move in was easy and convenient. The apartment is a great layout with a nice balcony. I would highly recommend St. Charles Village to others.
The staff at River Road are very friendly and attentive to the residents. My sister in law enjoys the food and they have a variety to choose from. They have activities for the residents, however she does not participate in any. The community is well maintained inside and out.
They are doing a remodel currently. My loved one is kept busy with activities. It is an okay community. The staff is very friendly and they have been good at calling when an issues arises with my loved one.
2330 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221
They need to get their food service situated. It's a regular occurrence that they don't even serve meals and/or run out of food. It's nice, but the food situation is a huge disappointment. These folks are...
Explore new interests at The Amberleigh, where our blend of desired amenities and convenient services offers residents a vibrant lifestyle that encourages health and independence through innovative recreational, educational, health and wellness programs. Our Williamsville, New York, Independent...
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...
1055 Youngs Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
My loved one is a resident at this facilty. We would highly recommend Fayebrooke on Youngs to others. The staff is friendly and fantastic. The food and the food choices/variety are fantastic (one of the...
575 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Pricing promotion expiring soon
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...
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...
580 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
It's only 3 months but I would give them a 4.5 in all the categories. I am starting to feel comfortable with my choice. The staff are very nice and caring. I think it is a wonderful safe place for our more...
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...
1805 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
I have been living at Fayebrooke on Maple for almost a year and I am very pleased with my decision to move here to this facility. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I have had no problems since I...
Welcome Home to FayeBrooke Senior Apartments where Lifestyle, Luxury & Location are key! We are Amherst' s premier Retirement Community, offering all the amenities and comforts you desire.. You have a new place to call 'HOME' Choose from our spacious one or two bedroom floor plans.
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...
151 Bennett Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Really amazing. Staff has been unbelievably helpful and supportive and my loved one couldn't be happier after the transition. The only thing we can't really comment on is meals and dining, as that is not...
Elderwood Residences at Cheektowaga, a unique, conveniently located independent living patio home community near Buffalo in Cheektowaga, NY, is designed for seniors age 62 and older who want to enjoy retirement living without the commitment of home ownership. Enjoy the view from the private front...
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...
375 Harris Hill Rd, Buffalo, NY 14221
It's a 55 and over independent apartment. It is a very nice facility for about the same price as other places. We picked this community, because it was newer/bigger. My loved one ultimately chose it. I would...
Nestled comfortably inside Lancaster's rolling hamlet meadows along the Williamsville and Clarence border, the Belvedere is unlike any other existing 55 and older active adult rental community in the area. Conveniently located just 5 minutes from Transit Road, you will find shopping, dining and...
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...
49 Tennyson Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221
Pricing promotion expiring soon
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...
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...
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...
285 Crestmount Avenue, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Beautiful but price is to high
CrestMount Square Senior Apartments is a safe community for seniors ages 55 and better. With plenty of activities to make new friends and have more fun in your later years. Centrally located in the Town of Tonawanda near the Thruway.
100 Weiss Avenue, West Seneca, NY 14224
Eagle Crest and my mom has been a good match. She has been there almost a year now, and has settled in nicely. My siblings and I are pleased with the cleanliness, security and quality of employee's and...
At Eagle Crest Senior Village we offer spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes in a luxury, 2-story, independent living community. Envision it... a New York lifestyle without all the challenges - no snow to shovel, no lawns to mow, and no property to maintain, PLUS daily events to nourish...
705 Sandra Lane, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Sandra Lane has turned out to be perfect for my parents. [Removed]was excellent and very helpful when we were researching and going through the move-in process, and I love that they have an amazing community...
Conveniently located near shopping, our lovely community is in a beautiful wooded setting. We are a 55+ and Pet Friendly Community.ALL UTILITIES ARE INCLUDED!!!Here's what our residents say about Sandra Lane…“There’s always something fun to do!” ~ Mary Snyder“In the last year we’ve made so many...
2700 North Forest Rd, Getzville, NY 14068
The facility was very nice and the host [name removed] was amazing. However, this home may be out of [name removed]'s income range so we are starting to check Senior Apartments.
Enjoy the inviting warmth and comfort of Weinberg Campus, where services are tailored to suit your lifestyle. Our 70-acre, park-like community is located in Amherst, minutes from restaurants, shopping and the University at Buffalo’s North Campus.Choose from spacious one- or two-bedroom apartments...
5352 Genesee Street, Bowmansville, NY 14026
My parents highly recommend it. They seem happy with the community. The community is quick to respond to maintenance requests. The apartments is a somewhat open floor plan, they are bright and spacious.
BRAND NEW 55+ ACTIVE ADULT PATIO HOME RENTALS. No HOA fees. One floor living, fully accessible. The Fairways at Lancaster is a pet-friendly, luxury patio home community. All units feature 2 BR/2 FULL baths with an attached one or two car garage. You'll also enjoy a gas fireplace, granite counter...
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...
865 Michigan Ave # 107, Buffalo, NY 14203
921 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203
33 Linwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209
333 Linwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209
The monthly costs of an independent living community can vary greatly based on a variety of factors. Neighborhood, unit size, floor plan, amenities, and even type of community are just a few of the variables that can impact the expense involved. In Buffalo, the average cost of our partnered independent living communities averages about $3,096 per month, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. This figure reflects what residents of our network facilities actually paid and accounts for the price of rent, service fee add-ons, different floorplans, and any associated fees.
The following figures represent the average baseline and rent costs for the Buffalo area. These figures do not include add-on fees.
Paying for independent living often entails utilizing a combination of resources, most of which will be private in nature. A large part of this is due to the fact that independent living is not technically a senior-care facility, meaning that residents will not receive health or medical care from trained staff as part of the services of the facility. Because of this, programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and long-term care insurance do not cover independent living costs. However, you may be eligible for assistance from these programs if you require medically necessary in-home care services while you’re residing in an independent living community.
Below, you’ll find additional information on a variety of payment methods, including housing assistance, VA benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, and private funds.
For the most part, seniors will find themselves relying on private resources when moving to an independent living community. This may include retirement savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, distributions from retirement accounts, income generated by investments, and any one or combination of the following:
Independent living communities are not care facilities since they do not provide residents with health or personal care, so they do not need a license from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to take in residents.
There is a caveat, however. An independent living community may need to be licensed by HYSDOH as an Adult Care Facility (ACF) if it provides, arranges for, or coordinates any one of the following:
Some of our partner independent living communities in the Buffalo area do offer more than independent living. They provide care services like assisted living and memory care in combination with independent living. These combination facilities are required to have an Assisted Living Residence (ALR) license, for all offering assisted living care, and an additional Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR) certification, if offering memory care, to operate and be subject to certain requirements based on the type of care being offered.
Standalone independent living communities are subject to federal, state, and local housing laws. This includes remaining compliant with the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
To learn more about tenant’s rights, the guides below provide information about housing laws and guides to tenant rights:
With standalone independent living communities being similar to any other rental community, the Department of Permits and Inspections conducts regular inspections of the property. These inspections include maintenance of indoor and outdoor spaces for minimum housing standards, lead paint presence, and more.
The City of Buffalo’s Permit and Inspections Data Resources website lists access to public data around violations and more. The city’s open data guide gives a rundown on how to use the site. If you need assistance, reach out to the office for help.
For independent living facilities combined with licensed assisted living or memory care facilities, view inspection reports on the New York State Department of Health website. Type in the community’s name, run a search, and then click the inspection tab for report details.
In the Buffalo area, no specific COVID-19 mandates are currently in effect for independent living communities. Even so, the Erie County Department of Health strongly encourages property owners and residents to follow CDC guidelines and safety measures, such as wearing masks in public, staying current with vaccinations, getting tested upon presenting symptoms, isolating, and conducting passive screening — among a host of other measures.
Also, it’s important to note that an independent living community may have its own guidelines and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Communities are not required to enforce vaccinations but may strongly encourage vaccinations for staff.
People may choose to mask at any time.
Regular cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces is encouraged
Number of in-network assisted living facilities in market
Independent living communities in the greater Buffalo area offer a range of residential options for seniors looking to live on their own in an age-friendly environment with various amenities and convenient services – not to mention, some much-needed communal support. As with any change to your living situation, there are several factors to consider when deciding which of our partner communities to choose.
If care and support services are a factor in your decision, some independent living communities do provide such options as part of a combination of care services, but standalone independent living facilities do not provide care services. Of our Buffalo partner independent living facilities, two are standalone communities and one offers senior apartments, too. However, we have another partner that offers assisted living alongside independent living, as well as another that adds memory care. Should, for example, you and a spouse require different levels of care, then you’re assured that the two of you can remain both safe and secure in the same community if you choose one with a combination of care services.
One of the benefits of moving to an independent living community is its amenities, especially these days. Many senior communities try to create an all-inclusive experience for residents, some going so far as to even design the property with an onsite barber shop and/or beauty salon. You’ll also find those with a fitness center, game room, billiards lounge, movie room, and arts and crafts center. If you enjoy gardening, there are those that make available raised garden beds for residents. Plus, about 80% of our partner communities in the Buffalo area are dog- and cat-friendly, so there’s no need to worry about your four-legged family members.
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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
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The health care options for seniors living in the Buffalo area shouldn’t be much of a concern as the city is home to many excellent medical facilities.
For the most part, people living in Buffalo rely on their cars to get around. A large part of this has to do with convenience, of course. The other part has to do with the somewhat limited public transportation options available through the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).
NFTA offers the Metro Rail, which is one line that runs along Main Street from the KeyBank Center to the South Campus of the University at Buffalo. The larger option is the bus system. Metro buses cover both Erie and Niagara counties with more than 300 buses in operation. Both the rail and the buses are wheelchair accessible.
Seniors, however, can take advantage of the transportation services available through their independent living communities. More than half of our partner facilities offer complimentary transportation while the rest provide it at cost.
They can also use the Going Places Transportation System, a senior-specific, curb-to-curb van service. Just make sure to schedule the service ahead of time – two weeks for health-related trips and one week for non-medical trips. The Metro also offers a paratransit service called PAL Direct.
Additionally, seniors looking to walk to places can certainly do so. The city’s walk score is 67 on a scale to 100, according to Walk Score, which rates cities on the ease of getting around compared to other cities across the nation. A score of 67 means Buffalo is walkable, but there will be some locations or errands that would require a car or other transportation. The neighborhoods of Allen, Grant Ferry, the Central Business District, Bryant, and Front Park are much more pedestrian, with walkability scores of anywhere between 85 and 94. You may even live in a community where you can walk to some restaurants, bars, or coffee shops in no more than five minutes, which is the average for Buffalo residents.
Buffalo has long been known for its rich history and culture. For one, the city is home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, considered one of the architect’s most important projects during his Prairie School era. The house is an integrated composition of connecting buildings, which includes the Martin House itself, as well as a conservatory, carriage house-stable, and smaller residence. On the outskirts of Buffalo, you can also find another of Wright’s homes built for the Martin family, Graycliff, which served as their summer residence.
If architecture isn’t of much interest, then there’s the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site, which allows visitors to tour historically restored rooms, learn more about the event, and experience a number of interactive exhibits. Being on the Eastern shoreline, the city also is home to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, where visitors have a variety of tour options that include a museum, the grounds, and four decommissioned Naval vessels.
Seniors looking to enjoy the outdoors couldn’t have picked a better city than Buffalo. The city’s entire park system was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, a renowned landscape architect. Delaware Park, one of his creations, is considered one of the top 10 parks in the world, with plenty of walking paths, a carriage drive, a picturesque lake, and myriad other features – including an audio tour. There’s also always Niagara Falls State Park, with its hiking trails, gorgeous views, interactive exhibits, and other attractions.
Head over to the college campus and take in a football or basketball game (or many other sports) and cheer on the University of Buffalo Bulls. If you’d rather get involved in more senior-related activity, there are many senior center options available in Buffalo that offer an array of activities, including exercise classes, music, arts and crafts, computer classes, and pickleball, of course. The South Buffalo Community Association is just one of Buffalo centers that provides many activities for seniors, including arts and physical activities available as well as nutrition programs. The Erie County Department of Senior Services also schedules regular events and activities for the senior population. You may find yourself taking part in gardening, doing some crafts, or visiting a local attraction, like the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens or Shea’s Performing Arts Center.
You can always roll the dice at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, which offers table games, slot machines, a sports lounge, and dining. You could also head over to the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino for concerts, comedy, and other live entertainment.
The average cost of Independent Living in Buffalo is 2,563 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.
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