The Retreat at Buford

Offers Assisted Living and Memory Care

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3177 Gravel Springs Rd., Buford, GA 30519
Call (800) 385-2527
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Assisted Living Reviews for The Retreat at Buford

May 17, 2015

By Caring106501650

I am a friend or relative of a resident

The biggest thing why we chose Ivy Springs Manor for my dad is because it met my dad's needs. They help him get in and out of bed. They also assist him with everything in the bathroom including the toilet and the shower, and they help him get dressed. They also escort him three meals a day. They would help transportation to and from doctor's appointments. The rooms are efficient with a small kitchen. Overall, the place is friendly and new.

May 09, 2015

By melissaacnj

I visited this facility

For $60,000/year, It would be nice to serve the residents brain healthy meals. For it to be a relatively new facility, I would think they would be knowledgeable or at least do the research to ensure the foods served to the residents contribute to brain health. If we decide to select Ivy Springs Manor, it looks like I will have to take my mother-in-law most of her meals and snacks. That's a lot of work when you are paying that kind of money out of pocket. It's a bummer because I was impressed with everything else with the facility and program.

April 22, 2015

By Sonya5

I visited this facility

The staff was friendly and helpful at Ivy Springs Manor. They were OK. The rooms and apartments were nice, big, fancy, and modern-looking. It looked like a relatively new facility. Everything was bright and pretty. I probably would not recommend them because of the price. It seemed expensive to me. It was all nice and new. It was very pretty. It looked like a hotel.

June 25, 2014

By Caring3352

I visited this facility

The rooms were OK at Ivy Springs Manor; however, I want my aunt to have one a little bit bigger than that. It looked like a hotel room with carpet. It had a bathroom, but there was no kitchen. Overall, I don't like the idea of assisted living being one room. That was my problem with it; it only had one room. Also they were a little more expensive than where I put her. Their dining area was big and nice. They did different activities for them, i.e., arts and crafts. The staff was very nice. They had a lot of people on staff.

March 31, 2014

By Caring79245450

I visited this facility

The one that I liked the most, which was also the most expensive, was Ivy Springs Manor. The facility is only a year and a half old. They are a memory care center. The rooms are much larger. It smelled very nice. There were more people out of their rooms socializing and partaking in things. I thought that was wonderful. They have movie night every night. They make popcorn and have something to drink. They have refrigerators out and about, so you have 24-hour snacks. All the rooms have miniature refrigerators in them. They take you places. The one thing I thought was really interesting is they said that they'll go to Wal-Mart, but they'll also go to the dollar store. The dollar store, although you don't think it's much, when you start getting seniors with dementia, a Wal-Mart may be too big and too much. A dollar store is small, but it gives people an opportunity to get out of the house and wander around, so I thought it was impressive. I have their activities calendar. They have brain games, bingo, exercise, church, a hair salon, a nail salon, ice cream socials, arts and crafts, and guest singers. They'll even do a cocktail hour in the parlor and have non-alcoholic beer. They'll do bowling if you're up to bowling. I don't know if that means going somewhere or if it's a miniature version on the Wii.

May 20, 2013

By Katie Hunter

I am a friend or relative of resident

My Grandmother lives at Ivy Springs Manor. She loves it. The managers and staff treat her like their own. I love the family events and community involvement. I highly recommend this community to anyone's loved one.

November 12, 2012

By Caring 1

I visited this facility

Ivy Springs Manor is a beautiful facility. It's brand-new. They have laptops in each room, beautiful furnishings, it was gorgeous. They have activities, too.
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Questions about The Retreat at Buford

What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?

Every staff member receives Certified Dementia Training.

Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at The Retreat at Buford. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

The average age at The Retreat at Buford is 85 years old. Our residents enjoy bingo, lunch and shopping outings, singing along with entertainers and happy hour! They also enjoy gathering around our inviting lobby fireplace and in the warmer weather, sitting out front and enjoying the breeze with friends.

What programs or activities does The Retreat at Buford offer to enrich residents' well-being?

We provide daily exercise, arts and crafts, games, gardening, church services and a variety of other interesting programs and activities.

What places are near The Retreat at Buford or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?

The Mall of Georgia is a quick two minute drive from our campus. The area has a plethora of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. The residents frequently visit the area for twice weekly outings.

What transportation services does The Retreat at Buford offer to assisted living residents?

We bring our residents shopping and dining. We also provide transportation for residents to doctor's appointments when located within a 10 mile radius of our campus.

What makes the chef or dining program at The Retreat at Buford exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?

We offer restaurant style dining for our residents. Multiple home-cooked choices are offered at each meal to ensure the residents have a variety of tastes, textures, and nutrition at each sitting. There is something for everyone no matter what your preference!

What safety features or security measures does The Retreat at Buford offer to assisted living residents?

We provide each resident with a pendant to our call system. At the push of a button we can respond to their needs. We also have Front Desk Concierge staff at our entrance to not only assist residents and family members, but they also keep a watchful eye on the comings and goings of all who enter the building. We have all visitors sign in at the front desk at our Accushield system. Our front doors are also on a timer and set to automatically lock at 6pm and unlock at 8am. We provide a code to the families for access to our building during these times when the doors are locked.

How does The Retreat at Buford keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?

We have wonderful Resident Care Associates and Med Techs on staff who are constantly talking to the families about their loved one's day and their health. We have a Family Experience Director and a Wellness Director who both update Care Plans and meet with the families about their loved one's health. We also regularly send out mass emails about upcoming special events and happenings at The Retreat at Buford. We have a presence on Facebook where we put pictures of our outings and special events.

If The Retreat at Buford accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

We love pets here at The Retreat at Buford! We have plenty of space in the front of our building and also a secured interior courtyard for them to play.

What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?

The staff receives regular ongoing training at our monthly meetings. Also, each employee must complete specialized dementia training within six months of hire. We regularly provide training on subjects such as resident care, activities, nutrition, dining services and safety.

What safety features or security measures does The Retreat at Buford provide to protect residents who wander?

Our secure Memory Care unit is locked and accessible to care staff by keypad. There is also a private and fenced courtyard just for our Memory Care Residents. Each Memory Care room is equipped with motion sensors to alert staff if a resident is awake at night to help prevent falls.

Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?

While our Health and Wellness Director is constantly aware of changes in our residents, formal assessments are done every six months for assisted living residents and every three months for memory care residents.

How does The Retreat at Buford keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?

We keep constant open communication between our med techs, nurse, and families via phone. We invite families to participate in care plan meetings every six months for assisted living residents and every three months for our memory care residents.

Is The Retreat at Buford affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?

We are minutes away from Gwinnett Medical Center, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, and Northside Forsyth. We also have a community physician that visits weekly that our residents can use as their primary care physician.

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Services and Amenities of The Retreat at Buford


  • All Inclusive Rent
  • Entry Fee
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $3995/month
  • Memory Care Starting At: $5195/month

Room and housing options

  • Companion Suites: We Do Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • Dining Room Shared Meals


  • Resident Transportation
  • Garden And Patio

Cleaning services

  • Housekeeping


  • Offsite Activities


  • English


  • Resident Capacity: 120
  • Minimum Age: 55
  • Pets: No Pets Allowed


  • Licenses: Personal Care Home
  • State Licenses: PCH005750
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About The Retreat at Buford

Welcome to The Retreat at Buford

The Retreat at Buford offers premier personal care and memory care with superior personalized care and compassionate staff. Situated in Buford, GA, our state of the art facility offers luxury style accommodations with a comfortable, small-town feel. Phoenix Senior Living is a company built on love that spans generations, offers ideal senior living options for seniors and specialized services for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia. Phoenix Senior Living, whose leadership collectively has been serving seniors for more than 30 years, believes that transitioning into your new home at The Retreat at Buford welcomes a new chapter in your life, where seniors can live as independently as they desire — a life where seniors live, love, learn.

The Retreat at Buford specializes in caring for seniors who experience Alzheimer’s and the many forms of dementia. We understand the toll memory loss can take on loved ones. The Retreat at Buford can help manage the highs and lows of living with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Our Memory Care Neighborhood is designed to mimic a comfortable home-like setting. Pertinent memorabilia and furnishings are carefully designed to simulate a peaceful and familiar environment, coupled with active reminiscing daily. When living with memory loss, cultivating a successful day isn’t always easy. Our caregivers proceed with patience, compassion, and respect in all circumstances. Each day, The Retreat at Buford team enforces the philosophy that every senior can live a purposeful life – no matter his or her current state of mind.

Premier Services and Amenities

All seniors at The Retreat at Buford have full access to the facility’s wide spectrum of services and amenities. This includes permanent residents, Senior Day Program visitors, and short-term residents of our Respite Care Program. Seniors enjoy superior culinary experiences, personal care assistance, professional housekeeping services, and excellent transportation options, to name a few. Every resident has the ability to call for immediate help via our Ecall system located in all bathrooms and bedrooms, as well as by way of personal mobile pendants provided. Our executive staff and trained caretakers are committed to serving your loved one. We encourage you to take advantage of these unique on-site services and amenities:

  • Live, Love, Learn signature wellness program
  • Medication management
  • Activity and programming coordinator
  • Continence management
  • Personal care and grooming services
  • Courtyard with relaxing walking trails
  • Oxygen management
  • Full calendar of diverse events

What Makes Us Special

We measure our seniors’ unique abilities and aptitude, while introducing them to new experiences, creating a spirit of achievement and emotional wellbeing. We offer individually tailored activities and purposeful interaction with just the right amount of personalized care.

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