I have been a resident of The Bristal at North Woodmere for over five years although it doesn’t seem that long. Prior to moving here my wife and I lived in Florida where we enjoyed an active lifestyle. As the years went by we felt the need to slow down a bit and to live closer to family members. Our daughter lives in Woodmere, so the Bristal at North Woodmere seemed to be the most practical location.
We took a tour of the facilities and were impressed. Our first impression turned out to be correct; everything was as it was explained to us.
The most important part of living in an assisted living facility is the staff whom we found to be extremely capable and friendly. From the “Wellness” personnel through housekeeping and the wait staff in the dining room, we could not ask for a more friendly or cooperative group.
We were concerned that the meals would be less than those to which we were accustomed but we were pleasantly surprised to find that was not the case. An excellent choice is provided for each meal and there is always something to enjoy.
My wife passed away in 2012. Fortunately, we had made some good friends who made the transition from married to single as easy as possible.
The living quarters are great. There is a wide choice of quarters based upon the resident’s desire and budget. TV service is provided at no charge and just recently, access to the internet was put into effect saving us the expense of contracting with an outside service.
The facilities are complete and utilized with great enthusiasm by the residents. From nightly movies to a full calendar of activities, nothing has been left out. The staff is always ready to listen and act upon our desires and suggestions.
Of course an organization such as this must be carefully honed by those in charge, and we are fortunate to have a new Director (Lisa) who chats daily with the residents to be sure nothing is lacking. She not only listens to our desires but acts upon them. Daily she walks through the dining room to chat with and to listen to the residents.
I have had occasion to visit a number of facilities on Long Island and have found none which can approach The Bristal at North Woodmere.