The Bristal at East Meadow Blog

Halloween in East Meadow

We all enjoyed some fall fun this Halloween here in East Meadow. We decorated the outdoor spaces with scarecrows that we stuffed with hay. We also had some local school children join us for treats on Halloween. Residents had fun seeing the costumes of the children and the staff, and also had fun dressing up in their own costumes!

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Staff Appreciation in East Meadow

We celebrated the Super Staff here in East Meadow during Staff Appreciation Week. We enjoyed theme days, winning prizes, and playing all sorts of fun games. We had great weather and held out staff barbecue outside. Everyone had a wonderful time ans were all reminded that it’s not just what we do, it’s how we do it!

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Celebrating the Sixties in East Meadow

The week before our Sixties Celebration here in East Meadow, residents hand made their own tie dye shirts! Once they were dry, we were ready to party! We enjoyed an afternoon event, complete with live entertainment from the band Our Generation. They serenaded us all afternoon, performing our favorite hits from the 60’s.

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Ten Communities of The Bristal Named “Caring Stars of 2016” by Caring.com

The Bristal Assisted Living at East Meadow, East Northport, Lake Grove, Lynbrook, Massapequa, North Hills, North Woodmere, Sayville, White Plains and Woodcliff Lake Honored Among Top Senior Living Communities in the Nation — Named “Caring Star of 2016” for Service Excellence in Assisted Living

Positive Consumer Ratings Led to This Industry-Leading Distinction from Caring.com

Caring Stars 2016 - StandardBadgeCaring.com has named The Bristal at East Meadow, East Northport, Lake Grove, Lynbrook, Massapequa, North Hills, North Woodmere, Sayville, White Plains and Woodcliff Lake as “Caring Stars of 2016” for service excellence in assisted living. In ratings and reviews from older adults and their family members, these ten communities earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score), while also meeting other qualifying criteria for this national honor.

In New York State, only 38 assisted living communities were named a Caring Star, and The Bristal is so proud that 9 of our communities were among those honored. The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake, our only community in New Jersey, was among the 24 communities that were honored in that state.

Americans are increasingly seeking insights provided by online reviews to help guide important senior care decisions for aging or ailing loved ones. In multiple Caring.com research studies, the majority of family caregivers have indicated that they turn to the Internet and consumer reviews when researching senior living communities, and have relied on these perspectives more so than in-person recommendations from geriatric professionals or medical personnel. Now entering its fifth year, the Caring Stars annual list helps consumers reliably narrow senior living options for their loved ones to the most-acclaimed communities – particularly as they gather for the holidays and discover increased or urgent senior care needs.

The Bristal at East Northport and North Hills Each Win Their Third Award, and Lynbrook Wins its Fourth, Making All Three Communities “Caring Super Stars”

Caring Stars 2016 - SuperStarBadgeOut of only 96 communities nationwide who were awarded the distinction of being “Caring Super Stars” in 2016, we are so pleased to announce that three of those winners are communities of The Bristal. This badge is awarded only to communities who have earned the distinction of “Caring Star” three or more times in the program’s five year history. You can view the past winners here:

2015: Eight Communities Named “Caring Star of 2015” by Caring.com
2014: Caring Stars of 2014: East Northport, Lynbrook and Westbury
2013: Caring.com Names Lynbrook and North Hills “Caring Stars of 2013”

About Caring.com
With three million unique visitors to its website monthly, Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Caring.com provides helpful caregiving content, online support groups, and a comprehensive Senior Care Directory for the United States, with nearly 100,000 consumer ratings and reviews.

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East Meadow’s Holiday Party 2015

Here in East Meadow, we enjoyed a holiday party that kicked off with a fun and wintry photo booth, with our very own Elizabeth dressing up as the abominable snowman! Later on, residents enjoyed a cocktail hour with live piano entertainment. After a delicious sit down dinner, we all danced the night away to the sweet sounds of the 52nd Street Band. Happy holidays from all of us here in East Meadow!

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Long Island Herald: Bristal Honored for Excellence, Alzheimer’s Care

Article courtesy of LI Herald.com

“Caring.com named The Bristal at East Meadow, a Caring Star of 2016. In reviews from residents of the community and their family members, The Bristal earned a five-star consumer rating — the highest possible score — in addition to other qualifying criteria for the national award.”

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Veterans Day in East Meadow

This year on Veterans Day, the Bellmore Merrick Hadassah Group joined us here at The Bristal at East Meadow. Residents and the children came together to do a Veterans Day craft. Some of our own veterans were honored with personal thank you letters from the children and their families. It was a wonderful day to remember all who have served, and those who continue to serve this country. Happy Veterans Day from all of us here in East Meadow.

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Iron Chef Competition in East Meadow

The Bristal at East Meadow recently held an Iron Chef competition in the Country Kitchen. Residents gathered to watch the action – and taste test the results! It was Executive Chef Joe Albert vs. Executive Director Jennifer Eipel. Dining Room Manager Joe Cucinotta was Joe’s Sous Chef and Director of Recreation Elizabeth LeDonne was Jennifer’s Sous Chef. The secret ingredients were pumpkin and pasta. Team Joe made a lobster macaroni and cheese with a sweet and savory pumpkin sauce. Team Jennifer made a deconstructed pumpkin ravioli filled with sweet sausage with a pumpkin, brown butter and sage cream sauce topped with shredded truffled Pecorino and baby romaine. Residents and staff tasted each delicious dish and voted for their favorite. Team Joe and their lobster macaroni and cheese won this time, but since everyone had so much fun, East Meadow will likely see another Iron Chef competition in the near future!

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East Meadow Residents Take in a Summer Concert

Residents from East Meadow sure do love to take trips on The Bristal bus! This time, we headed out to Lido Beach to enjoy a summer concert. We spent the day dancing and enjoying each other’s company. The giant tent kept the dance floor shady and cool. Everyone had a wonderful time.

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East Meadow Residents Enjoy Doo-Wop in the Park

Residents from East Meadow headed out on The Bristal Bus to enjoy a wonderful outdoor Doo-Wop concert in Eisenhower Park. The summer concert series at the Lakeside Theatre is something we look forward to every year. We’re so lucky to live so close to such a wonderful park! This, for sure, will not be the last concert we attend this summer!

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East Meadow and Kellenberg High School – Prom 2015

Every year, we welcome high school seniors from Kellenberg High School to celebrate prom. This year’s theme was Our Enchantment Under The Sea. The Kellenberg High School students joined us for an evening of dinner and dancing. The live band kept us moving all night. It is always so great to welcome the students each year and wish them well on their journey beyond high school.

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American Airpower Museum 2015

Each year, residents from The Bristal Assisted Living communities gather at The American Airpower Museum to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. The Long Island communities were joined this year by a group of dedicated folks from White Plains! Everyone was treated to a delicious lunch, including the museum guests for the day. We enjoyed sandwich platters, chips, cookies, and hot dogs straight from the cart. The Bay City Ramblers performed for us inside the hangar, and many residents spent the afternoon just dancing away to the patriotic songs that they played.

We were honored to have over 50 Veterans from The Bristal in attendance – both residents AND staff! Everyone had a wonderful time after lunch strolling around the hangar and museum – as well as going outside the hangar to enjoy the old planes and the sunshine. Our day at the American Airpower Museum is always such a wonderful way to start our Memorial Day Weekend.

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