Articles tagged with: Life at The Bristal

Step Into My Shoes: Living with Dementia

Posted by: Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

“Step into my shoes and walk the life I’m living and if you get as far as I am, just maybe you will see how strong I really am.”
— Anonymous

When interacting with someone who is ill, sadly, we often see the illness instead of the person. But if we could look past the illness, we would also see considerable strength.

“Step into my shoes” is exactly what we ask our staff to do at The Bristal, by including The Virtual Dementia Tour ® (VDT®) as part of their sensitivity training at orientation. This insightful program was created … read more

Posted in: Alzheimer’s & Memory Care
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Assessment for Admission to Assisted Living: What to Expect

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My husband suffered a stroke a few months ago and is currently in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. He is reaching the end of his therapy and will soon be discharged. I have reluctantly accepted that he will not be able to come home. His physician has advised me to find an assisted living community for him. Can you tell me what kind of assessment is required for admission to The Bristal? Also, is there a waiting list for new residents?    -Alicia in Huntington Station, NY

Dear Alicia,

I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s health. We work … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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Assisted Living for Married Couples: Is It the Right Fit?

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

My wife and I are considering moving to an assisted living community. The majority of our friends who have made this move before us are single people. As a married couple, what should we expect in assisted living? -Dan in Westbury, NY

Dear Dan,

Jack & Shirley Millstein of North Hills

Thanks for asking this question. While single residents outnumber couples, we are seeing more and more couples living in our assisted living communities. Many make the move so they can receive help with activities of daily living, while others make it to have freedom from the worries of … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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