When my father died this past fall, my mother knew that she wanted to move into an assisted living facility. She wanted to live independently of family but she was not sure what this new chapter of her life would look like. We visited several facilities in our area and ultimately chose the Bristal at North Woodmere. It was the first place we visited and the one we came back to. The atmosphere just seemed so friendly and warm. Lots of friendly faces and people who looked like they were still involved and doing things. The facility itself was very attractive and the one-bedroom apartment that we looked at was well laid out for my mother.
The Bristal itself also made a great impression. The dining room and all the public rooms were clean and nicely maintained with most of the activities on the first floor. The director, Lisa, has been a godsend to my mother. She is responsible for running a very special community and does it with grace and humor. We depend upon her to brainstorm when there’s an issue and she is very accessible to my mother and also to us. The staff members at the Bristal at North Woodmere are very friendly and genuinely nice people. They have supported my mother in her adjustment to her new surroundings. They have extended themselves at every turn, helping to make things as easy as possible. The Wellness staff (both the registered nurses and the support staff) are kind and caring and very attentive to my mother’s health issues. Too many wonderful, caring people to mention their names, as I would surely leave someone out. We can all feel secure that my mother is a push-button or call away from any help that she might need. The people at the reception desk are always friendly and make us feel welcome (Linda, Jermaine & Denise, thank you!) Frank and Jamie were so helpful with the move-in. Physical therapy is right on the premises and the doctors who come to the Bristal have made life easier for us all. And there are lots of activities to keep mom busy and everyone is very open to suggestions for new activities. Lectures, concerts, and special parties are always being planned. All in all, it was the right decision for my mother to move here and we would not hesitate to recommend the Bristal at North Woodmere to anyone who is considering an assisted living option.