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Find the Best Assisted Living Facilities in Buffalo, NY

As you age, certain tasks, such as driving in Buffalo’s wintry weather or walking to get the morning paper, become more difficult. Assisted living facilities allow older adults to maintain active lifestyles while getting the help they need. The Buffalo News has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing customer reviews of 24 businesses and choosing eight favorites from top assisted living facilities in Buffalo.

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How to choose an assisted living facility in Buffalo

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When searching for an assisted living facility in Buffalo, look for a place that can offer the services and attention you or your loved one needs while also accommodating your budget. It is important to find the right balance of in-home and community services. The assisted living facility in Buffalo you choose should be licensed by the New York State Department of Health.

Consider the following other factors when visiting each community:

  • Levels of care: Find an assisted living facility that offers the level of care you or your loved one needs. This may include memory care, skilled nursing or independent living.
  • Amenities: Each community offers different amenities, such as pools, beauty salons, fitness centers and on-site dining rooms. Decide what you want within your ideal community.
  • On-site benefits: Look into the benefits of each facility. These benefits can include a robust activities calendar, 24-hour security and transportation service.
  • Location: You may want to find a facility that is near family and friends so they can visit easily. You also may care about the quality of the grounds and the proximity to places like grocery stores, shopping and other destinations.
  • Staff: Inquiring about the staff’s qualifications ensures that you or your loved one has the supervision and help necessary while at the facility. Most facilities have medical staff, directors and coordinators. If possible, meet with staff to find out if they are professional and friendly.
  • Price: Always choose a facility within your budget, but don’t let that be the only factor in your choice. Check what costs are additional, and find out if any of the costs are subject to change over time.

How much does assisted living cost in Buffalo?

In Buffalo, assisted living costs between $1,500 and $7,900 per month at most facilities. Pricing depends on factors such as the specific facility, the level of care, the floor plan of the unit where you or a loved one will live, amenities and any administrative fees, like a move-in fee.

As you are considering assisted living in Buffalo, ask each community what kind of payment it accepts. According to the state of New York, many assisted living facilities in the state accept private payment or long-term care insurance. Some may accept Supplemental Security Income. Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for living in an assisted living facility.

Buffalo assisted living FAQ

What are the qualifications for assisted living?

Qualifications for assisted living can vary, depending on the type of facility. The prospective resident must provide documentation from a physical exam within the past 30 days and fill out all application materials. They must also sign a residency agreement.

What are the different types of senior housing?

The types of senior housing include nursing homes, independent living facilities, assisted living facilities and aging in place with in-home care. The one that is appropriate for you or a loved one depends mainly on health, lifestyle and financial circumstances.

Does disability pay for assisted living?

According to the New York State Department of Health, some assisted living facilities accept Supplemental Security Income as a primary method of payment.

What Buffalo regulations protect seniors in assisted living facilities?

Assisted living facilities in Buffalo must be licensed by the New York State Department of Health, and each facility must be inspected every 12 to 18 months. Residents of assisted living facilities in New York have rights guaranteed by state law.

Buffalo assisted living community information

Brompton Heights

Brompton Heights offers assisted living, independent living and memory care to Buffalo residents. Services and benefits include on-site nurses 24/7 and personal care assistance. Residents enjoy amenities such as daily housekeeping, a game room, an interfaith chapel, a library and more. Brompton Heights is located at 275 Brompton Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Brompton Heights

Orchard Heights

Orchard Heights offers assisted living, independent living, memory care and enhanced care services. Residents can take advantage of amenities and services such as a walking path, an art room and Wi-Fi access. Orchard Heights is situated on 14 acres of land at 5200 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

Orchard Heights

Elderwood

Elderwood offers assisted living, independent living, memory care and respite care. At its Hamburg location, an assisted living facility, choose between studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Assisted living services include nursing supervision and medication management. Elderwood provides a variety of daily activities, programs and entertainment. Elderwood Assisted Living at Hamburg is located at 76 Buffalo St., Hamburg, NY 14075, within walking distance to shops, restaurants and a weekly farmers market.

Elderwood

Peregrine Senior Living

Peregrine Senior Living provides assisted living and memory care services, such as 24-hour care, nutrition support, scheduled transportation and restaurant-style meal services. Residents can attend services at the on-site chapel, get some fresh air in the outdoor courtyard and visit the beauty parlor. Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga is located at 575 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

Peregrine Senior Living

Presbyterian Senior Care of Western New York

Presbyterian Senior Care of Western New York is a network of three facilities that offer assisted living, respite care and independent living. It’s Kenmore location, Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village, is a pet-friendly community offering services and activities such as Wi-Fi, Sunday night gatherings, bingo and religious services. The community provides housekeeping and laundry services weekly. Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village is located at 3735 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217.

Presbyterian Senior Care of Western New York

Heathwood Senior Living

Heathwood Assisted Living offers assisted living, including enhanced care and memory care services. Its location in Williamsville offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments for residents. The community boasts amenities such as a movie theater, beauty salon, billiards room, walking paths and cafe. Heathwood Assisted Living is located at 815 Hopkins Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Heathwood Senior Living

Brookdale Senior Living

Brookdale Senior Living offers enhanced assisted living and memory care services and features, such as medication management, 24/7 staff and collaborative care programs. On-site amenities include a library, beauty parlor, concierge services and a private dining room. Residences are pet-friendly. Brookdale Senior Living has four locations in the area, including one at 2971 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217.

Brookdale Senior Living

Park Creek Senior Living Community

Park Creek Senior Living Community provides assisted living services that include 24/7 personal care, medication management, in-house physician care and pharmacy delivery. Community amenities include an activities and events calendar, free internet, transportation services and laundry service. Park Creek Senior Living Community is situated near Amherst State Park at 410 Mill St., Williamsville, NY 14221.

Park Creek Senior Living Community