Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York state and is located in the east of Lake Erie. It’s home to 255,805 people, 13% of whom are seniors aged 65 and older. Seniors can enjoy the low cost of living, the vibrant arts and culture scene and the high-quality health care facilities. The city also has a large variety of long-term care and assisted living facilities.

Assisted living communities provide a homelike environment and comprehensive services, such as personal care, transportation and medication management. Many communities also offer a variety of social and recreational activities for seniors to take part in together. Seniors in Buffalo typically pay around $4,741 per month for care.

This guide provides an overview of assisted living in Buffalo and compares it to the prices of other types of care and to neighboring cities. In this guide, seniors will also learn about some useful free resources to help make important decisions about long-term care.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Buffalo, NY

Heathwood Assisted Living & Memory Care at Williamsville

815 Hopkins Road, Buffalo, NY, 14221

My mother-in-law moved into Heathwood Assisted Living and Memory Care in Williamsville. We liked the place, it was our number two choice, but it was availability. She’s happy there. She’s only been th … (read more)
My mother-in-law moved into Heathwood Assisted Living and Memory Care in Williamsville. We liked the place, it was our number two choice, but it was availability. She’s happy there. She’s only been th … (read more)

Mary Agnes Manor

307 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14201

Conveniently located in Buffalo, NY, Mary Agnes Manor is an Assisted Living facility with an experienced staff that helps assist residents as needed. Residents rave about the unique solarium which all … (read more)
Conveniently located in Buffalo, NY, Mary Agnes Manor is an Assisted Living facility with an experienced staff that helps assist residents as needed. Residents rave about the unique solarium which all … (read more)

Liberty Apartment

10 – 35 Manko Ln, Buffalo, NY, 14227

Liberty Apartment is an assisted living facility located right next to the Stiglmeier Park in Buffalo, New York. It’s a short distance from the coast, just right for recreational activities. Residents … (read more)
Liberty Apartment is an assisted living facility located right next to the Stiglmeier Park in Buffalo, New York. It’s a short distance from the coast, just right for recreational activities. Residents … (read more)

Lutheran Church Home of Buffalo

217 East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14208

Located in the heart of Buffalo, New York, is the Lutheran Church Home of Buffalo, an assisted living facility with a full range of service offerings. Independent living allows residents to live with … (read more)
Located in the heart of Buffalo, New York, is the Lutheran Church Home of Buffalo, an assisted living facility with a full range of service offerings. Independent living allows residents to live with … (read more)

2022

The Amberleigh

2330 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY, 14221

I felt like The Amberleigh was more of a nursing home for more deteriorated adults. The halls were long and dark, which I thought was kind of odd for elderly people because they would have to walk dow … (read more)
I felt like The Amberleigh was more of a nursing home for more deteriorated adults. The halls were long and dark, which I thought was kind of odd for elderly people because they would have to walk dow … (read more)

Brompton Heights Located in Williamsville

275 Brompton Road, Williamsville, NY, 14221

The tour we had at Brompton Heights Located in Williamsville was really nice. The building was really big, which we liked, and it had high ceilings. The director was extremely accommodating. The only … (read more)
The tour we had at Brompton Heights Located in Williamsville was really nice. The building was really big, which we liked, and it had high ceilings. The director was extremely accommodating. The only … (read more)

Brookdale Kenmore

2971 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY, 14217

Brookdale Kenmore, an assisted living facility, is located in one of the largest cities in the country, Buffalo, New York. From the Buffalo Zoo to exploring the canal, there is plenty to enjoy in the … (read more)
Brookdale Kenmore, an assisted living facility, is located in one of the largest cities in the country, Buffalo, New York. From the Buffalo Zoo to exploring the canal, there is plenty to enjoy in the … (read more)

Elderwood Village at Williamsville

5271 Main Street, Williamsville, NY, 14221

Elderwood Village at Williamsville is located in the charming village of Williamsville, conveniently close to the New York State Thruway (Interstate Highway 90), Interstate Highway 290, the Buffalo Ni … (read more)
Elderwood Village at Williamsville is located in the charming village of Williamsville, conveniently close to the New York State Thruway (Interstate Highway 90), Interstate Highway 290, the Buffalo Ni … (read more)

2016

Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca

580 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, NY, 14224

Located outside Buffalo, Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca offers fun activities, different levels of assistance and unique dining experience. Every night, residents can select their meals from … (read more)
Located outside Buffalo, Elderwood Assisted Living at West Seneca offers fun activities, different levels of assistance and unique dining experience. Every night, residents can select their meals from … (read more)

Elderwood Village at Bassett Park

245 Basset Rd, Williamsville, NY, 14221

Elderwood Village at Bassett Park is not where I wanted my mother to be. The lower level of service was not going to work for her. The surroundings are adequate, the facility was clean, and the staff … (read more)
Elderwood Village at Bassett Park is not where I wanted my mother to be. The lower level of service was not going to work for her. The surroundings are adequate, the facility was clean, and the staff … (read more)

Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga

575 Cayuga Creek Rd, Cheektowaga, NY, 14227

The tour at Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga was very nice. The director was extremely pleasant and personable. They seemed to have all of the amenities that we were looking for. Based on a pers … (read more)
The tour at Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga was very nice. The director was extremely pleasant and personable. They seemed to have all of the amenities that we were looking for. Based on a pers … (read more)

2015, 2022

Eden Heights of West Seneca

3030 Clinton Street, West Seneca, NY, 14224

I went to Eden Heights of West Seneca. The layout was nice. It’s all on one floor. I like the width of the hallways and the upkeep. It’s older, but they are updating at this time, and it’s nice. The s … (read more)
I went to Eden Heights of West Seneca. The layout was nice. It’s all on one floor. I like the width of the hallways and the upkeep. It’s older, but they are updating at this time, and it’s nice. The s … (read more)

2016

Tennyson Court

49 Tennyson Court, Williamsville, NY, 14221

We’re planning to move my mom into Tennyson Court Assisted Living around July. It was friendly, very clean, people were great, and a small community which we liked. Very nice. People were eating and d … (read more)
We’re planning to move my mom into Tennyson Court Assisted Living around July. It was friendly, very clean, people were great, and a small community which we liked. Very nice. People were eating and d … (read more)

2016

Elderwood Assisted Living at Hamburg

76 Buffalo Street, Hamburg, NY, 14075

I went to the Elderwood Assisted Living at Hamburg last week. None of the residents were smiling. The place was clean, the facility was nice, but it just felt a little sad. The staff was very nice, sh … (read more)
I went to the Elderwood Assisted Living at Hamburg last week. None of the residents were smiling. The place was clean, the facility was nice, but it just felt a little sad. The staff was very nice, sh … (read more)

2013

Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga

229 Bennett Road, Cheektowaga, NY, 14227

Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga wasn’t as new as the other place I toured, but they were putting in some new flooring and apartments as needed. They were updating some of the flooring in the … (read more)
Elderwood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga wasn’t as new as the other place I toured, but they were putting in some new flooring and apartments as needed. They were updating some of the flooring in the … (read more)

Juniper Glen

8820 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY, 14051


Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda

111 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY, 14150

I did an in-person tour at Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda. I was treated very well by the staff. Everyone was very kind and conscientious. The other one is like a country club, but this one is … (read more)
I did an in-person tour at Elderwood Assisted Living at Tonawanda. I was treated very well by the staff. Everyone was very kind and conscientious. The other one is like a country club, but this one is … (read more)

Park Creek Senior Living Community

410 Mill Street, Williamsville, NY, 14221

I lived here for a year and I can stay its the most cleanest place most friendliest people I have ever met. No noise. Its close to everything the staff Jessica and Andrea are friendly and amazing. If … (read more)
I lived here for a year and I can stay its the most cleanest place most friendliest people I have ever met. No noise. Its close to everything the staff Jessica and Andrea are friendly and amazing. If … (read more)

Fredonia Place of Williamsville

201 Reist Street, Williamsville, NY, 14221

Fredonia Place of Williamsville showed me both their assisted living and memory care. It was very clean and very up-to-date. I came in at 3 in the afternoon, so the residents had just finished the act … (read more)
Fredonia Place of Williamsville showed me both their assisted living and memory care. It was very clean and very up-to-date. I came in at 3 in the afternoon, so the residents had just finished the act … (read more)

Elderwood Village at St. Gregory Court – CLOSED

111 St. Gregory Court, Williamsville, NY, 14221

My impression of Brookdale Bassett Park was excellent. The community was pleasant and active. The rooms were a very good size, with a private bath and colorful decor. The food was very good. Everythin … (read more)
My impression of Brookdale Bassett Park was excellent. The community was pleasant and active. The rooms were a very good size, with a private bath and colorful decor. The food was very good. Everythin … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Buffalo

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in New York . Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Buffalo

The New York State Department of Health licenses adult care facilities, including assisted living facilities. The department does not license acute care hospitals, in-patient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing homes or other health-related facilities. It carries out annual inspections to ensure the facilities comply with state laws and regulations.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Buffalo

  • Buffalo has a low cost of living compared to the New York state average and the national average. On a 100-point cost of living index where 100 is the national average, Buffalo scores 79.5 overall. The price of health care is slightly below the national average, but transportation is slightly higher. However, Buffalo has one of the most affordable housing markets in the country.
  • Crime rates for both violent and property crimes in Buffalo are higher than average. For violent crimes, the rate is 9.43 per 1,000 residents, compared to a New York average of 3.48 and the national average of 4.0. For property crimes, the rate in Buffalo is 29.02, compared to a New York average of 13.5 and the national average of 19. Despite the higher-than-average crime rates, seniors don’t need to feel unsafe because most assisted living facilities have security systems and 24/7 staff.
  • Buffalo has some public transportation options available. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) has a metro bus and rail system. There’s also a senior transportation service available that provides door-to-door van service to seniors over the age of 60.
  • New York state is tax-friendly for seniors. The state doesn’t require seniors to pay tax on any Social Security retirement benefits. Additionally, income from retirement accounts or private pensions is deductible up to $20,000. However, sales and property taxes are both relatively high in New York state.
  • Buffalo and the surrounding region has 26 hospitals. Buffalo General Medical Center and Mercy Hospital are ranked as the best health care facilities in the city, and there are many other high-quality options available.

Paying for Assisted Living in Buffalo

The average cost of assisted living care in Buffalo is $4,741 per month. However, this price can vary depending on the exact location of the facility and on the services and amenities that are available.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The average price of care in Buffalo is slightly more than the state average of $4,580 and the U.S. average of $4,500. Across the state, the price of care varies significantly from city to city. One of the most affordable cities in the state is Rochester, where seniors pay $3,775 per month for assisted living. Conversely, one of the most expensive cities for care is Ithaca, where seniors typically pay around $8,075 for care. In both Albany and New York City, the average price of care is higher than the state and national averages at $5,269 and $5,750 per month, respectively.

$4741

Buffalo

$4580

Minnesota

$4500

United States

$3775

Rochester

$8075

Ithaca

$5269

Albany

$5750

New York City

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

There are a variety of long-term care options available to seniors in Buffalo. The most affordable choice is adult day health care, which costs around $1,170 per month and involves weekday care. For seniors who feel more comfortable living at home, the average cost of in-home care is $4,957 per month. For seniors who require some medical support at home, home health care costs slightly more at $5,053 per month. For the highest level of care that nursing homes provide, seniors pay around $12,994 per month for a semiprivate room.

$4957

In-Home Care

$5053

Home Health Aide

$1170

Adult Day Health Care

$4741

Assisted Living Facility

$12994

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Buffalo

Eligible seniors may be able to receive financial aid for assisted living in Buffalo through two programs: Medicaid’s Managed Long Term Care Waiver (MLTC) and the Assisted Living Program (ALP). 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in New York page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in New York

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in New York page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Buffalo

Seniors in Buffalo have a variety of agencies and programs to support them. Information about financial assistance is available to them, and the government provides many community-based services. Seniors can contact advisers and counselors through the following phone numbers.

Resource

Contact

Description

(716) 822-5094

The Schiller Park Senior Center offers a variety of services to seniors in Buffalo. Options include a dining program, a transportation service and engaging activities such as workout classes and nutrition workshops. A senior travel club gives seniors over the age of 50 the opportunity to take day and night trips.

(800) 827-1000

The VA Buffalo Regional Office provides a variety of services to veterans and their family members. Services include counseling on obtaining state and VA benefits, information about VA health care and a variety of outreach services. The office offers telephone appointments, and veterans can visit in person between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

(855) 582-6769

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program supports seniors in long-term care facilities, such as assisted living communities. The ombudsmen are advocates who visit the communities regularly and aim to support residents with any complaints about the staff or facilities. They also aim to educate residents, caregivers and staff members on their rights.

(716) 858-8526

Erie County Senior Services has a range of programs and services available to county seniors. It offers guidance on applying for Medicare and other types of health insurance, provides free educational classes and offers volunteer opportunities. There's also a transportation service for seniors who can't use traditional transportation methods and need access to curb-to-curb pickups.

(844) 481-0973

The Center for Elder Law and Justice offers free legal aid for seniors in Buffalo. Seniors can call the free legal advice helpline for answers to brief legal questions or visit the office for help with more complex queries. Issues it deals with include elder abuse, health care advocacy and scam prevention.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Buffalo

Buffalo Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in New York are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in New York page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in New York