Dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s, is a serious, growing problem. In fact, 1 out of every 10 adults over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s dementia. As Williamsville’s senior population continues to grow (6.51% growth between 2013 and 2017), so does the concern about aging and the risk of cognitive impairment.
In Williamsville, the number of deaths for those 65 and older caused or partly caused by Alzheimer’s disease rose 49.66% between 2013 and 2017. To put that in perspective, the number of deaths from all causes for that same age group only decreased by 0.8%, showing that Alzheimer’s is a growing concern in the region. Overall, the percentage of seniors’ deaths related to Alzheimer’s is lower than the rest of the nation (2.95% in Williamsville vs. 6.46% in the U.S.).
To help families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of cognitive impairment find the support and care their loved ones need, we applied our unique methodology and spent dozens of hours researching senior living communities in Williamsville. In addition to an overview of the communities’ best features, this guide highlights the best memory care facilities in the city, and gives information about pricing, types of care provided, residents’ reviews, and more.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 83% of all caregivers are unpaid family members, relatives, or other friends, and nearly half of all care is for older adults with some form of dementia. Caregiving, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s or dementia, is extremely exhausting and time consuming, leading many caregivers to feel isolated and overwhelmed.
As a loved one continues to progress through the stages of dementia and his or her cognitive abilities continue to decline, behavioral problems, safety, and general care often become more than one caregiver can handle. This is when it’s important to find extra help, and residential facilities that have specialized memory care programs are often the best solution.
In addition to providing a safe environment, memory care programs seek to delay or halt cognitive decline while providing the opportunity for a social, independent lifestyle.
To choose the best memory care facilities in Williamsville, our team of researchers started by using our unique methodology to develop a list of contenders. We further refined the list in the next phase of our process by completing hands-on research for each one of the companies that we developed. Finally, we compiled online reviews from residents and families and wrote summaries of each facility that made it through our selection process.
Overall, our team:
Nestled just outside of Williamsville, New York, Bristol Village provides a homelike environment for seniors with Alzheimer's and other types of memory loss in the quiet, suburban community of Clarence Center. The facility offers comprehensive care that serves the needs of its residents in terms of their physical, emotional and medical health. Trained staff are available 24 hours a day to provide attentive one-on-one care, including individualized assistance with activities of daily living, medication management and financial guidance. Residents can spend time socializing in the well-appointed common areas, take a leisurely stroll on the walking paths or enjoy views of the pond and open fields. The facility's diverse calendar of daily activities lets residents participate in a variety of programs that focus on sensory experiences, memory recall and interaction, such as exercise groups, art classes, trivia games, friendship visits and off-site group outings.
Reviewers consistently mention the pleasant environment and level of care offered at Bristol Village. A family member of residents shares, "This place is extremely well kept, and the people are very friendly. We chose it for the general appearance and the staff who was extremely knowledgeable and extremely concerned about my parents' well-being.":
At Brookdale Williamsville, the Alzheimer's and dementia care community operates on a people-centric model. The memory care program uses an evidence-based approach with six planned programs per day to help residents maintain their abilities and increase their skills. Residents choose their food and the activities they participate in. Dedicated staff members assist residents in finding a sense of purpose while enjoying cognitively engaging activities, such as dancing, music, art classes, trivia, brain games and bingo. The trained staff also provides 24-hour supervision in a homelike environment that has communal dining and indoor and outdoor seating areas for social gatherings and visitors. The facility hosts cookouts in the summer, annual holiday parties, Mother and Fathers’ Day buffet luncheons, Sunday dinners and regular trips to the drive-in theater for popcorn, candy and a good movie.
Visitors praise the facility and pleasant staff. "Brookdale Williamsville was very pleasant, bright and clean. The residents appeared to like it, and it was very nice. The staff was very pleasant, welcoming and introduced themselves." Family members also appreciate the community's inviting common areas. "They had a patio, a dining room and a kitchen where they could invite family to eat in private."
Glenwell is a homelike community in the suburbs of Buffalo that offers assisted living and memory care with all-inclusive services and amenities. Residents enjoy pleasantly landscaped grounds with plenty of areas to walk and sit, and they can visit and relax with loved ones in a spacious, homelike environment. In addition to an on-site beauty/barber shop and restaurant-style dining room, staff help plan regular outings to nearby attractions throughout the Buffalo area. Case management and budget planning are also available to those who need assistance. Family members are actively encouraged to participate in activities with the residents at Glenwell, creating a very warm and welcoming ambiance for everyone.
A son of a former resident at Glenwell said, "My mom was in the memory care unit here for 10 months. I found the staff to be very kind and caring. The facility is pleasant and clean. They made a difficult transition much easier." Other reviews stated that the facility consistently had helpful and friendly staff as well as great food for every meal.
Located in Lancaster, GreenField Continuing Care Community is a full-service retirement community with services ranging from independent living to skilled nursing. Residents can choose from numerous floor plans, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom with fireplaces, patios or large bay windows. Scheduled transportation is provided within a 15-mile radius to doctors appointments and other planned activities. The Creative Arts Department offers many events and activities based on residents' suggestions, including gardening, fitness classes, outdoor picnics and book clubs. This facility is also a site for the University Express program, which invites a variety of content experts to present on topics such as history or ecology. Other programs include Paws for Love, a volunteer-led pet therapy organization, and Reflections, an interview-type experience that allows residents to record their life story on camera for loved ones or future generations. General housekeeping and laundry is also available.
Reviews for GreenField Continuing Care Community mention the quality physical therapy programs and nice facilities, including a gift shop. One resident's daughter commented, "GreenField assisted living is a small-scale place compared to others. My mom is getting all the attention she needs, and everyone is so great!"
Juniper Glen Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is a JEA Senior Living Community in East Amherst, New York, located right across from the Transit Valley Plaza, and it's only 3 miles from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. The facility’s mission is to honor the experience of aging with the commitment to provide quality personal services for its residents. Through its Meaningful Moments program, residents receive individualized care based on a few personal attributes, such as their unique history, personal routine and cherished memories. Engaging activities include Music in Motion exercises, word and trivia games, Kitchen Crew cooking and Music and Mingle socials. Friends, family and pets are welcome to visit and join the activities. There are also support groups, educational programs and referral services to help residents’ loved ones on their Alzheimer’s journey.
People find Juniper Glen a desirable place for their loved ones, as one reviewer notes, “Staff is friendly and truly cares for the residents. Building design is perfect for the wanderer. Rooms are [a] generous size and kept clean and neat. My family member adjusted quickly. Not home but a safe, beautiful environment for my loved one.”
Nestled in the heart of downtown Buffalo, New York, Mary Agnes Manor offers Alzheimer's and dementia support with private rooms in its large facility. Comfortably furnished common areas give residents a place to socialize over coffee or tea with other residents or guests or enjoy an ice cream in the on-site ice cream parlor. A secure environment keeps residents safe, while therapeutic activities help those with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia maintain their skills and improve their memory. The calming decor provides a stable, homelike environment, and the Alzheimer's certified staff uses individual and group sensory activities to slow the progress of memory impairment. Residents at Mary Agnes Manor live within walking distance to stores, parks and the Niagara Branch Public Library.
Visitors appreciate Mary Agnes Manor's convenient location, "It is centrally located and easy for me to get to here and the city. They have a private room and do not have to share a bathroom. There are plenty of activities and little stores where my mother can go and purchase things she needs," stated one family member.
Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga offers its residents assisted living and memory care in a community with a spacious layout, including different activity centers. Outside, this facility features expansive grounds and enclosed courtyards for enjoyable, safe leisure time. For seniors who participate in religion, an on-site country chapel provides spiritual services for many different faiths. Residents can select from either one-bedroom or studio apartments each with a private bathroom. Tenants can enjoy a restaurant-style eating experience in the dining rooms or cook their own food in the full-service, supervised kitchen. This facility is dedicated to preserving seniors' mental and emotional health through various activities, including Peregrine University, which offers in-house lectures on a variety of topics. Additionally, staff members work with residents to create time capsules to preserve memories and lift seniors' spirits.
Reviewers of Peregrine Senior Living at Cheektowaga are pleased with the attention staff members give to individual residents. A daughter of a resident writes, "The administrative staff were so helpful and nursing staff were honest, attentive and caring. They were his angels and watched over him, we would joke that they knew more about him than his family."
At Tennyson Court, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease receive specialized memory care services and live in rooms close to the dining hall and common areas to make navigating the facility easier. Residents participate in activities and programs designed to enhance independence and quality of life, such as fitness classes, trivia games, art classes and daily happy hours. The facility consists of three distinct buildings organized by care type, and memory care staff go through specialized training in Alzheimer's and dementia care. All services are tailored to each resident. Tennyson Court is a classically elegant facility with posh dining and common areas. All rooms have private baths, and housekeeping and laundry services are provided.
Visitors say they like Tennyson and appreciate that the facility is on one level for easy navigation. "It just seemed very homey, and it was a standalone place, so it wasn't a chain." Relatives also state that the dedicated staff seems happy to be there. "Everybody I ran into has worked there for 10 or 12 years, which to me seems like a testament that ... staff must be happy, which means they do a good job."
The Amberleigh is a senior community in Williamsville that prides itself on providing top-notch amenities and services for its residents. Seniors here experience a vibrant lifestyle with access to restaurant-style meals, as well as beautifully manicured grounds, an on-site beauty salon and activity center. The event calendar is packed with activities, including lectures from guest speakers, live music, educational classes and special ceremonies. The Amberleigh encourages family members to get involved with all of the social events. Each room includes walk-in closets and climate controls to keep each resident comfortable throughout the year. The community has a separate wing for memory care where residents are safe, secure and get the individualized attention they deserve.
The grandchild of one of the residents said"So my grandmother has been a resident at Amberleigh for over two years now, and she is always telling me how much she loves it there. She always tells me about her friends, all of the activities they do, and even how wonderful her hairdresser Lisa is (They have a hair salon right off the Lobby)." The review also mentions how friendly and accommodating every staff member is.