Assisted Living in Buford, Georgia
Buford is a small city north of Atlanta in Hall and Gwinnett Counties and located along the coast of Lake Lanier. It is home to the Mall of Georgia, one of the biggest malls in the southeast, and Buford Dam Park. The city also is centrally located to the Emory Hospital and the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Summers are hot and humid with average highs around 87, and winters are short and mild with rarely any snow.
Approximately 16,000 call Buford home, with 12% being aged 65 and older. Seniors who require help with daily living can choose from five different assistant living communities. These communities cost around $4,263 per month. The exact cost may vary depending on where the community is located within the city, what it has to offer and the different types of care.
Paying for Assisted Living in Buford, Georgia
The Cost of Assisted Living in Buford
Buford assisted living communities cost $4,263 per month on average, according to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Compared to the state of Georgia, Buford communities cost $763 more. They are $37 less than the national average. Surrounding states all cost less than the national average. In South Carolina, facilities cost approximately $3,988, and in Florida, they cost around $3,700. To the west, Alabama communities cost around $3,150 per month, and to the north, those in Tennessee cost around $4,039.
Depending on where you want to live in Georgia, the average cost of assisted living can vary. In the northwest corner of the state in Rome, assisted living communities cost around $3,088 per month. The cost in Atlanta is around $4,000. To the south in Columbus, communities cost around $3,650 and in Athens, the same facilities cost around $3,366. Valdosta facilities are the cheapest in the state at $2,420. On the east coast, Savannah costs around $3,500.
Note: Data for Buford was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Gainesville, was used instead.
Buford Assisted Living Financial Assistance
The Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment Waiver (SOURCE) is available to low-income seniors who need help paying for home and community-based services in assisted living community facilities. These services include meals, housekeeping, grooming, transportation and medication administration. Learn more about this waiver, including the requirements for acceptance and how to apply, at our Assisted Living in Georgia page.
Buford Assisted Living Resources
|Gwinnett County Senior Services
|Gwinnett County Senior Services coordinates a variety of programs for individuals 65 and older throughout the county. Some of these programs include Meals on Wheels and limited transportation. The organization also operates several senior centers in the area, including the Buford Senior Center, the Lawrenceville Senior Center and the Norcross Senior Center.
|Division of Aging Services (DAS)
|The Division of Aging Services operates multiple programs and services to help seniors live longer and more productive lives. Some of these programs include Adult Protective Services, the Community Care Services Program, GeorgiaCares and the long-term care ombudsman.
|Senior Life Center
|Located in Gainesville, the Senior Life Center plans a variety of daily activities to keep seniors busy with peers. The center has a cardio fitness room with weekly exercise classes, blood pressure screenings and daily hot lunches. Other programs include arts and craft classes, nutrition education, day trips, games and social clubs.
|Hall County Community Council on Aging
|The Hall County Community Council on Aging operates the local Meals on Wheels, which provides hot meals to local community centers. The council also has a board that meets 12 times per year to vote on issues regarding amenities at the local senior life center and to host new events that spread senior awareness within the community.
|VA Southeast Network
|The local VA helps prior military and their families sign up to receive benefits and services. The VA helps seniors in assisted living pay for home and community-based services. The VA also offers free medical and mental health services and counseling.
Buford Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
In Buford, assisted living communities are regulated by the Georgia Department of Community Health. The rules regarding long-term health facilities include staffing requirements, health and safety, medication administration and housing. Learn more about these laws at our Assisted Living in Georgia page.