A Year-Long Celebration

20th Anniversary Seal - The Bristal

2020 is a special year for The Bristal Assisted Living – it’s our 20th Anniversary!

We opened our very first community in East Meadow in the year 2000, and we’ve been growing ever since. We’re honored to have served Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas for the past 20 years. To commemorate this milestone, we’re kicking off a year-long celebration of The Bristal, and showcasing the very best of what we offers to our residents each and every day. Every month, we’ll celebrate something new – from friendships and discovery, to wellness and dining – some of the many things that The Bristal prides itself on providing to the residents who choose to call our communities home.

Check out the events happening across all of our communities this year by clicking on the blog, Instagram, or Facebook posts below. Enjoy!

20th Anniversary Blog Posts

  • Stepping Back in Time in Woodcliff Lake

    The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake decided to travel back in time as a part of their anniversary event. Residents and staff attended a program highlighting the history and growth of the town of Woodcliff Lake. We had Carol, our resident council […]

  • Creativity on Display in Massapequa

    Residents at The Bristal at Massapequa believe the best way to celebrate 20 Years of Creative Arts is to share your creativity with the world. We were excited to partner with the Farmingdale Public Library to schedule a public exhibit featuring over […]

  • Englewood Celebrates 20 Years of Growth

    Green thumbs were very busy as The Bristal at Englewood celebrated 20 Years of Growth. Residents participated in a fun horticulture program, where they learned about various plants and how to pot and care for them.

  • Sayville Marks 20 Years of Growth with a Look Back

    The Bristal at Sayville celebrated 20 Years of Growth with a trip down memory lane. Residents reminisced about the major influences that helped them grow into the individuals they are today -- childhoods, spouses, careers, and hobbies. Everyone […]

20th Anniversary Instagram Posts

Our staff are the heart and soul of The Bristal Assisted Living, and recognizing the vital role they play in the lives of residents is important – now, more than ever. As we continue our 20th Anniversary celebration, we are proud to highlight the dedicated team members who have made a career out of caring for residents who call The Bristal home. ⠀

“I like coming to work every morning, because I have been here forever, and I plan to be here forever.” Steve Elliott began his career at The Bristal at Lynbrook in 2000 and has never looked back. Starting as a chef, he quickly gained valuable experience, and now serves as the Director of Food Service. He absolutely loves what he does, noting “It’s never dull. Even though it is the same job every day, there is always something different. You get the chance to be creative.” The joy he receives from cooking for residents is evident. “I really like being with the residents and doing little things – like personalizing their meals – to make them happier. They really appreciate everything you do for them.” We are truly grateful for team members like Steve, who make The Bristal Assisted Living so special!⠀

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Our staff are the heart and soul of The Bristal Assisted Living, and recognizing the vital role they play in the lives of residents is important – now, more than ever. As we continue our 20th Anniversary celebration, we are proud to highlight the dedicated team members who have made a career out of caring for residents who call The Bristal home. ⠀

Jackie Armstrong is passionate about her career. It shows in the way she cares for residents at The Bristal at Lynbrook, and how she leads her team as the Director of Housekeeping. “I spoil them,” she says, referring to the residents. “I go above and beyond for them, because housekeeping is my passion.” She began her career at Lynbrook in 2000, and has been there ever since. She shares her thoughts on what makes working for The Bristal so special – “I love my job because everyone has the same vision. Everyone works together. They [management] respect us and because of that I can build a positive culture with my staff. I listen to them and encourage them to do their best.” We are truly grateful for team members like Jackie, who make The Bristal Assisted Living so special! *Note: picture previously taken.⠀

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Our staff are the heart and soul of The Bristal Assisted Living, and recognizing the vital role they play in the lives of residents is important – now, more than ever. As we continue our 20th Anniversary celebration, we are proud to highlight the dedicated team members who have made a career out of caring for residents who call The Bristal home. ⠀

Virgo Smart began his career at The Bristal in 2003, working part-time as a dish washer while completing his business degree at York College. As he gained more experience in the kitchen – moving from dish washer to prep cook to sous chef – he fell in love with cooking. After finishing his degree, he decided to pursue a culinary degree as well. Virgo currently serves as the Director of Food Service at The Bristal at Lake Success, but has worked at The Bristal at Massapequa, as well as The Bristal at North Woodmere. His passion for cooking, and the joy he receives from preparing food for others to enjoy, is evident. It is also something he tries to impart to the team that he leads in the kitchen – “My job is to help everyone grow in their position. I try to act as a mentor and guide to my staff, so we can put out the best product possible.” His reward is the smiles on residents’ faces after meals. He continues, “Once I get that one resident who says they really enjoy my food – there’s nothing better than that.” We are truly grateful for team members like Virgo, who make The Bristal Assisted Living so special! *Note: picture taken Feb 2020.⠀

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Our staff are the heart and soul of The Bristal Assisted Living, and as we continue our 20th Anniversary celebration, we are shining the spotlight on our dedicated team members who have made a career out of caring for residents who call The Bristal home.⠀

Anne Madsen and Carol Slavinski have worked together for over two decades. When The Bristal at Westbury extended Anne a job offer, she worked it out so that she and Carol could remain a team. The duo started in February 2002 – Anne as the Director of Recreation and Carol as the Assistant Recreation Director – where they flourished. When asked about their careers at The Bristal, they both commented that their love for the residents has been the driving force behind everything they did. When The Bristal at West Babylon opened, being that it was closer to both of their homes, they were fortunate enough to make another move together. Anne currently serves as a receptionist, and Carol continues to work in recreation – their love for working with residents remains unchanged. They count themselves lucky to have been able to work with each other for so long, and for a company they love. “The company expects a lot from its employees, but they give a lot in return,” Anne said. Clearly emotional, Carol commented, “Seeing the residents enjoy themselves is what makes it worth it.” We are truly grateful for team members like Anne and Carol, who make The Bristal so special! *Note: picture taken Feb 2020.⠀

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Our staff are the heart and soul of The Bristal Assisted Living, and as we continue our 20th Anniversary celebration, we are shining the spotlight on our dedicated team members who have made a career out of caring for residents who call The Bristal home.

Shaniqua Hayes had no intention of pursuing a career in assisted living or working with seniors. That changed when her daughter was born. Driven by a desire to provide the best possible life for her young family, she applied for a position at a nearby assisted living community. Eager to learn, she progressed quickly to a supervisory role before joining The Bristal at Lynbrook in 2003. After two years she accepted a position in Lynbrook’s Reflections memory care program – and she hasn’t looked back. “From my heart – I do what I love. I do it from my heart. If I can get one resident to smile that is suffering with this terrible disease, it melts my heart.” Shaniqua currently serves as the Director of Reflections at The Bristal at Lake Success. Grateful for the opportunities she has been given, she strives to serve as a mentor to her staff. She believes that friendship is critical to her team’s success. “In order to build a good team to care for our residents, you have to build friendships with your staff.” We are truly grateful for team members like Shaniqua, who make The Bristal Assisted Living so special!

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Canvas was the medium of choice for the residents at The Bristal at Englewood, who painted some fun and creative designs on a fresh set of 👟!
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To celebrate 20 Years of Creative Arts, The Bristal at North Hills participated in “Loaves of Love - The Art of Challah Baking - Let’s bake together!” with Rabbi Yaakov Reiter and family, from Chabad of Roslyn. Rabbi Yaakov discussed the history of Challah, including how it is created, and why it's separated and given on Shabbat. Traditionally, two loaves of Challah are distributed on Shabbat, so not only did residents make their own Challah, but they received homemade Challah from the Chabad of Roslyn. Learning about the history of Challah bread, and how to make it, was a unique twist on celebrating the creative arts!

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20th Anniversary Facebook Posts

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