Buffalo has a population of around 278,349 people and is the second-largest city in New York. Roughly 13% of its residents are 65 or older, and these seniors have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The number of Alzheimer’s deaths in Buffalo rose from 159 in 2014 to 255 in 2018, a 60.38% increase in only four years. Alzheimer’s is a growing threat nationwide and now ranks as the seventh-leading cause of death. The Alzheimer’s Association expects diagnoses to triple by 2050. Though Alzheimer’s is a terminal disease, many injuries and deaths result from safety issues and lack of proper care.

Caring staff and medical professionals can help create a safe environment for memory care residents and prevent dangerous scenarios. The latest therapies and treatments may help slow cognitive decline and manage dementia symptoms in some patients. This guide looks at the benefits and drawbacks of memory care in Buffalo, describes how memory care costs compare to other types of senior care and includes a list of memory care resources in Buffalo.

Memory Care Facilities in Buffalo, NY


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)

Humboldt House

64 Hager Street, Buffalo, NY, 14208


2022

The Amberleigh

2330 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY, 14221

I was very impressed with The Amberleigh. The staff was very friendly, efficient, and it had a very cozy feel to it. It’s very secure and just a beautiful place. The lady was very knowledgeable and kn … (read more)
I was very impressed with The Amberleigh. The staff was very friendly, efficient, and it had a very cozy feel to it. It’s very secure and just a beautiful place. The lady was very knowledgeable and kn … (read more)

Brompton Heights Located in Williamsville

275 Brompton Road, Williamsville, NY, 14221

I toured Brompton Heights Located in Williamsville. We’re looking for respite options for my mom. Not all places catered to respite, to the short-term stay, they were one of them, and their price was … (read more)
I toured Brompton Heights Located in Williamsville. We’re looking for respite options for my mom. Not all places catered to respite, to the short-term stay, they were one of them, and their price was … (read more)

Elderwood Village at Bassett Park

245 Basset Rd, Williamsville, NY, 14221


Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga

575 Cayuga Creek Rd, Cheektowaga, NY, 14227


2016

Tennyson Court

49 Tennyson Court, Williamsville, NY, 14221


Brookdale Williamsville

6076 Main Street, Williamsville, NY, 14221

My wife is in Brookdale Williamsville. I thought it was extremely well, but I know the covid hit there; they had some employees, and some residents that had it. I know the county health department wen … (read more)
My wife is in Brookdale Williamsville. I thought it was extremely well, but I know the covid hit there; they had some employees, and some residents that had it. I know the county health department wen … (read more)

Peregrine Senior Living at Orchard Park

101 Sterling Drive, Orchard Park, NY, 14127

Peregrine Senior Living at Orchard Park is excellent. It’s very clean, caring, and keeps the residents active, engaged, and safe. It has plenty of activities. My mom moved there in January. It’s a mem … (read more)
Peregrine Senior Living at Orchard Park is excellent. It’s very clean, caring, and keeps the residents active, engaged, and safe. It has plenty of activities. My mom moved there in January. It’s a mem … (read more)

Juniper Glen

8820 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY, 14051

We are so happy with the care at Juniper Glen. Our mom is never in her room, unlike the community we moved her from where it felt like she was always alone in her room. She seems very happy, the com … (read more)
We are so happy with the care at Juniper Glen. Our mom is never in her room, unlike the community we moved her from where it felt like she was always alone in her room. She seems very happy, the com … (read more)

Park Creek Senior Living Community

410 Mill Street, Williamsville, NY, 14221


Fredonia Place of Williamsville

201 Reist Street, Williamsville, NY, 14221


GreenField Continuing Care Community

5979 Broadway,, Lancaster, NY, 14086

there is not 24/7 care as they state. Employees quitting or getting fired continually.
there is not 24/7 care as they state. Employees quitting or getting fired continually.

Wheatfield Commons

3920 Forest Parkway, North Tonawanda, NY, 14120


Glenwell

2248 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY, 14227

My husband is in Glenwell. It is very good. The staff is courteous, helpful, and very accommodating. He has a physical therapist who comes in. They have bingo, card games, coloring, and a snack room. … (read more)
My husband is in Glenwell. It is very good. The staff is courteous, helpful, and very accommodating. He has a physical therapist who comes in. They have bingo, card games, coloring, and a snack room. … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Buffalo

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Buffalo

The New York State Department of Health oversees all assisted living, including memory care, in Buffalo and the rest of the state. The department issues licensing and regulates a variety of types of adult care facilities. Memory care providers need an additional Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR) certification in Buffalo.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Buffalo

  • Seniors can find transportation options through the Amherst Senior Transportation Services and Erie County Senior Services, which serve Buffalo and surrounding areas. The city also has general public transportation options seniors can use to get to appointments, events and stores. 
  • The cost of living in Buffalo is 4% lower than the national average. The cost of utilities and groceries is 5% lower than in a typical U.S. city. However, housing costs are 2% higher than the national average.
  • Buffalo gets an average of 85 inches of snow annually compared to the national average of 25 inches. The temperature also regularly drops into the teens in Buffalo in the winter. The cold Buffalo weather might affect seniors’ ability to get to appointments or enjoy outdoor events.
  • Buffalo’s air quality is rated at 32, which is considered good. Air quality ratings at or under 100 are safe. Good air quality may be an important factor for seniors with respiratory issues.
  • The crime rate in Buffalo is more than double the average for New York. Because most memory care facilities have safety measures in place such as secure entrances, video surveillance, alarms and security staff, residents aren’t as likely as regular citizens to be affected by crime in the area.

Paying for Memory Care in Buffalo

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Memory care costs an average of $5,926 per month in Buffalo, slightly higher than the state average of $5,725 and the national average of $5,625.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory care costs in Buffalo are only $301 higher than the national average, while several other cities in New York are much higher. For example, monthly memory care expenses in Elmira average $7,000, and memory care in Albany costs an average of $6,586. Binghamton’s average comes in a little lower than Buffalo’s at $5,746. Many New York cities fall closer to the United States average, and the state’s overall average is $5,725.

$5926

Buffalo

$5725

New York

$5625

The United States

$5746

Binghamton

$7000

Elmira

$6586

Albany

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Memory care in Buffalo is more expensive than certain other care options, such as adult day health care, which costs an average of $1,170, and assisted living, which averages $4,741. Home health care is also less expensive on average at $5,053, and in-home care costs a little less than that at $4,957. On the other hand, nursing home facilities are substantially more expensive, costing an average of $12,994 for a semiprivate room.

$4957

In-Home Care

$5053

Home Health Care

$1170

Adult Day Health Care

$4741

Assisted Living Facility

$12994

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Buffalo

In Buffalo, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in New York page.

More ways to pay for memory care in New York

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

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

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

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in New York page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Buffalo

Seniors in Buffalo can benefit from many free care resources. These resources may help seniors in memory care find support. They can also help families of memory care patients find information to better help their loved one. Here are a few of the free memory care services seniors can utilize.

Resource

Contact

Service

(716) 858-8526

Erie County Senior Services acts as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA). They provide many helpful memory care and senior services. Seniors can get help applying for Medicare, finding transportation and getting in touch with care providers.

(800) 272-3900



The Alzheimer’s Association provides memory care support and services through its local chapters. They help with Alzheimer’s education and resources for caregivers.

(716) 817-9222

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman helps resolve patient issues and acts as a patient advocate. This service can help residents and families of residents fight for their rights and maintain their quality of care. Get in touch with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman if you feel your loved one is not receiving proper care.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Buffalo

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

Laws and regulations for memory care in New York