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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Buffalo, NY

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Located on the shores of Lake Erie in New York, Buffalo city is the state’s second-largest city with a population of over 250,000 people. It’s an ideal location for retirement with proximity to top shopping, dining and recreational areas, including the Buffalo Olmsted Park System, the nation’s oldest coordinated system of public parks and parkways.

Active seniors will love exploring the Niagara Falls and numerous outdoor recreation options available, as well as a broad range of entertaining attractions, historical sites, concerts and events. The town boasts a blend of Midwestern and Northeastern customs, with some of the top festivals in the city being the Allentown Art Festival and Taste of Buffalo. It has a humid continental climate that includes mild, snowy winters and summers with plenty of sunshine and moderate temperatures and humidity. Seniors can expect to find more than 50 art galleries in the region, including the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Top hospitals in the area include Buffalo General Medical Center and Erie County Medical Center.

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2019, the cost of assisted living in Buffalo is $4,443, which is higher than the national average of $4,051 but lower than the New York state median of $6,950.

Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the area.

The Bristol Home

Centrally located, The Bristol Home is a top choice for the 10 best assisted living facilities in Buffalo. This community has been in operation since 1868 and caters to women only. Here, residents can receive the assistance they need with activities of daily living while still living out their golden years as independently as possible. Home-cooked meals are available around each resident's schedule, and seniors can enjoy a before-bed snack.

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  • Laundry, linen and housekeeping services
  • Full social calendar and regular planned outings into the city

Mary Agnes Manor

Just blocks from Columbus and Front parks as well as the Niagara River, Mary Agnes Manor provides a quiet, residential feel with plenty of green space and pleasant views. This facility is located close to downtown Buffalo, so residents have easy access to shopping, eateries and medical care, and private rooms with individual bathrooms are available.

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  • Emergency call bell system
  • Nurse on staff to handle medical issues and medication management

Heathwood Assisted Living at Williamsville

Centrally located to parks, churches and the Clearfield Branch Library, Heathwood Assisted Living at Williamsville offers residents a comfortable environment and personalized care plans for a better quality of life. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the on-staff chef every day, and residents can choose off of a menu according to their personal preferences. Activities include exercise classes to help build and maintain strength as well as group social events.

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  • Integrated safety features such as emergency pull cords and bathroom railings
  • 24/7 nursing supervision

The Amberleigh

The Amberleigh offers independent and assisted living as well as memory care and is included in our top 10 list for Buffalo for its focus on building a community atmosphere and quality of care. One- and two-bedroom apartments are available with private bathrooms, and this facility also features a library, lounge area, activity center, fitness room and beauty salon and barbershop.

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  • Small pets are welcome
  • Meals are served restaurant-style in the shared dining room

Elderwood Village at Bassett Park

Just south of Bassett Park and minutes from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Elderwood Village at Bassett Park provides residents with a maintenance-free lifestyle so they can focus on making the most of their retirement years. The single-level building makes it easy for seniors with mobility issues to get around, and studio apartments and companion suites with private bathrooms are available.

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  • 24/7 supervision and assistance with activities of daily living provided
  • Pet-friendly

Brookdale Kenmore

Brookdale Kenmore is located east of the Niagara River and just a couple of miles from the Buffalo Zoo. This facility calls itself an "enhanced assisted living community" and helps residents maintain their independence while also offering maintenance-free living and staff on-site 24/7. On-site activities and amenities include exercise classes, game nights, a movie theater, a chapel and concierge services.

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Elderwood Village at St. Gregory Court

Elderwood Village at St. Gregory Court helps residents stay active with a variety of wellness programs, daily activities and group outings. The landscaped grounds include an enclosed courtyard for secure access to the outdoors as well as walking paths and a front porch fully equipped with rocking chairs.

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  • Rooms include private baths, emergency call systems and climate controls
  • Housekeeping and laundry services

Eden Heights of West Seneca

Located in a quiet suburb of Buffalo, Eden Heights of West Seneca has a homelike atmosphere that keeps residents cozy and comfortable. Group activities and social events are a big part of this community and include things such as holiday parties, bowling tournaments and concerts. Chef-prepared meals are available in the shared dining room as well as a smaller, more intimate space for residents who prefer a quieter meal.

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  • Furnished apartments available
  • Grounds include courtyard, porches and walking trails

Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca

This hotel-style assisted living facility gives residents all the amenities they want while still having a comfortable, community feel. The grounds include a koi pond and a sun porch so seniors can relax outside rain or shine, and the wellness program and daily activities calendar gives residents plenty to do physically and socially.

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  • Supports aging in place
  • Enhanced nursing services and medication management available

Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga

Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga rounds out the top 10 best assisted living facilities for Buffalo because it has a scenic, wooded atmosphere that promotes relaxation and well-being and offers a host of amenities and features for its residents. The grounds include multiple gardens, patios and walking paths, and there is a computer room, coffee shop, beauty parlor, general store and party space on-site.

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  • Decorated common spaces encourage social relationships between residents
  • Private and semi-private rooms