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Memory care facilities support those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Choosing the right community to provide a safe environment and specialized care for a loved one is an important decision. The Buffalo News has partnered with ConsumerAffairs to create this guide by comparing reviews and local availability of 27 businesses and choosing five favorites from top memory care facilities in Buffalo.

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What to look for in a memory care facility in Buffalo

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Choosing a memory care facility is a stressful decision for many families. When considering a facility, you should think about the needs of a loved one and their budget. Plan on touring as many memory care facilities as possible, keeping these factors in mind:

  • Memory care services: Consider the specific services offered at each memory care community. These can include around-the-clock staffing; structured routines; and care therapies, such as aromatherapy, art therapy and music therapy, that are known to help people with memory impairment.
  • Physical environment: The memory care unit should be clean and orderly. Some units use glare-free lighting and color-coding to calm residents and help them navigate the facility. The unit should be secured with exit-controlled doors and elevators that require a code. If there is an outdoor area, it should be secure to prevent wandering. Ask what intentional design options each facility offers.
  • Staff: Consider the types of staff who work at the facility, whether staff receives ongoing training in memory care and how the staff interacts with residents. Ask about the number of staff versus the number of residents.
  • Long-term potential: Families can evaluate each facility based on its long-term potential for their family member. As Alzheimer's or dementia progresses over time, residents may require a higher level of care. Some facilities simply adjust the patient’s care plan with time, while others offer separate units for different levels of care within the memory care facility. Make sure the facility you choose will be able to care for your loved one over the long term.
  • Dining and amenities: Meal options may include dining halls, private dining rooms, in-home dining and restaurant-style dining. Some facilities employ a registered dietitian to plan the meals. Facilities may offer specialized menus based on nutritional needs. Amenities vary between facilities, but may include hair salons, theaters and fitness centers. Communities also offer daily activities; ask for an activities calendar to learn more.
  • Location: The memory care facility should be near your loved one’s health care provider, their pharmacy and a hospital. You may also want it to be near where family and friends live, making it easy to visit.

Memory care facilities in Buffalo, a type of adult care facility, must be licensed by the New York State Department of Health. You can search for a memory care facility online and check for state citations and enforcement actions. You can also look for online reviews from residents’ families to help with your decision making.

How much does memory care cost in Buffalo?

It costs between $4,600 and $7,100 per month for memory care in Buffalo. The cost of memory care depends on the specific community, the type of living space your loved one lives in and the level of care they need.

Memory care cost includes a private or shared living space, daily meals, personal care, home care, specialized memory care, medication management assistance and 24-hour monitoring by support staff. Some amenities, like cable TV or dry cleaning, may cost extra, so ask for a specific list of what’s covered in the monthly price.

The cost of memory care is a critical factor in choosing a facility. Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for living in a memory care facility, but they may pay for certain services your loved one receives in one, according to the New York State Department of Health. Residents use private payment or long-term care insurance to pay for memory care. Some facilities accept Supplemental Security Income.

Buffalo memory care residence FAQ

What is a memory care facility?

A memory care facility is a type of assisted living facility for people with dementia. It may be independent or part of a larger facility. Memory care facilities are designed to provide supportive care and a safe environment for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Does Medicaid cover nursing home care for dementia?

According to the New York State Department of Health, you have the right to use Medicaid to pay for care if the nursing home accepts it as a form of payment.

What organizations in Buffalo help seniors and caregivers?

Several organizations in Buffalo help seniors and caregivers, including:

Buffalo memory care community information

Heathwood Assisted Living

Memory care at Heathwood Assisted Living is based on evidence-based practices that help residents feel calm and at home. The Williamsville location has restaurant-style dining, a movie theater, a beauty salon, a barbershop, weekly housekeeping and laundry services. Communities in Williamsville and Penfield offer support groups for families and caregivers of those with memory loss. Heathwood Assisted Living’s Williamsville location is at 815 Hopkins Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.

Heathwood Assisted Living

Peregrine Senior Living

Peregrine Senior Living’s memory care program, called The Peregrine Way, seeks to stimulate and engage long-term memories and improve quality of life for residents and their families. The closest community to Buffalo, in Cheektowaga, offers 24-hour care, a private dining room, housekeeping services and outdoor courtyards. Contact Peregrine Senior Living to schedule a tour. Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga is located at 575 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

Peregrine Senior Living

The Amberleigh

The Amberleigh is a Capital Senior Living community that provides memory care with sensory-based programming and assistance with daily routines. Amenities include an exercise center, an activity center with games, housekeeping and laundry services, a beauty salon, a walking path, and restaurant-style meals. Its memory care studios have a kitchenette, bathroom and closet space. The Amberleigh is located at 2330 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221.

The Amberleigh

The Linden House

The Linden House is a small assisted living facility that is equipped for residents needing memory care. It provides meals, medication management, transportation services and an in-house physician. There is one caregiver for every two to three residents. The Linden House is located at 209 Linden St., Rochester, NY 14620.

The Linden House

The Village at Unity

The Village at Unity, a Leisure Care facility, offers memory care, independent living and assisted living. Its memory care approach, Opal, is based on seven pillars of wellness. Studios are designed specifically for residents with dementia. The Village at Unity offers an on-staff nurse, night security guard, life enrichment programming, housekeeping, art and music therapy, and support groups. It is located at 1471 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626.

The Village at Unity