Independent Living at The Bristal

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My 85 year old father is very independent. He still drives himself to appointments and to run errands. However, since my mother died he is lonely. I am also concerned that maintaining his home on his own is getting to be too much for him. I wondered if there are other independent residents like my dad living at The Bristal? I think he would enjoy the companionship of having people with similar interests and hobbies close by. – Veronica in Armonk, New York

Dear Veronica,

Independent living for seniorsCompanionship and freedom from the responsibilities of maintaining a home are two of the main reasons independent residents make a move to a senior living community. Residents can come and go as they like and participate in as many or as few of the scheduled cultural and recreational programs as they choose. It is also common to see informal groups of residents playing card games or working on a volunteer project.

Your father can also bring his car with him to any of The Bristal communities. We offer complimentary, dedicated parking for our residents.

I hope this helps answer your questions, Veronica. Please let us know if you need any advice in choosing a community or would like to schedule a personal visit to The Bristal for you and your father.

Best Regards,


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Over the course of more than thirty years, Maryellen has distinguished herself in the field of Assisted Living, and has maintained a particular focus on enhancing operations in Independent and Enriched Housing Management. At times, Maryellen has simultaneously overseen over 29 communities throughout the Northeast. She was awarded Administrator of the Year in 1990 by the Empire State Association – being recognized for upholding quality care, compassion and high professional standards – and has become a visible and respected authority in the field. Throughout her tenure with the Association, she has also co-chaired its Assisted Living Services Committee along with its Conference Committee. Maryellen joined Engel Burman in 2001 and helped establish Ultimate Care NY, LLC, the team responsible for the development, construction and daily management of twelve upscale Assisted Living communities grouped under the well-known and highly respected name of The Bristal. A committed advocate and sought after speaker for the cause of senior living issues, Maryellen has served on the Board of ESAAL (Empire State Association of Assisted Living) since 2002, and today, she continues to play high-profile roles in many of the Association’s most important initiatives and influential committees.