The Bristal at East Northport Blog

Legacy Keepers Program in East Northport

The Legacy Keepers Program is aimed at preserving the memories, stories and experiences of our military veterans. We kicked off our Legacy Keepers Program here in East Northport with a group of local boy scouts. This session, we had 50 scouts in attendance from troops 174, 322, 333, and 410. The boys ranged in age from 12 to 19. Three of our resident veterans shared their experiences from World War II as the children listened and asked questions. The veterans are:
1. John Atton, 1st Lieutenant, US Army Field Artillary, 1943 – 1949
2. Irving Greenfield, Corporal, US Air Force, 1943 – 1946
3. Milton Gratt, Corporal, US Army Combat Engineer, 1942 – 1945
Passing along their information to a younger generation is a way to keep these stories and memories alive. We plan to continue the Legacy Keepers Program each quarter, featuring those who bravely fought for our country.

East Northport’s Trip to the North Fork

Residents from East Northport headed out on a sunny morning to spend a gorgeous fall day out on Long Island’s North Fork. The first stop was Briermere Farms in Riverhead. Everyone enjoyed samples of their famous pies, and some of us bought pies and fresh local produce to bring home. After that, we headed further east to Martha Clara Vineyards. We enjoyed an afternoon of wine tasting, roaming the grounds and browsing the shop for gifts. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Aloha Luau in East Northport

Aloha from The Bristal at East Northport! The mood was set for our annual Aloha Luau – complete with tropical drinks, Hawaiian music, grass skirts and authentic hula dancers. The specialty buffet menu prepared by our culinary services team, overseen by Chef Jan Slensky, featured coconut shrimp, pacific rim spare ribs, pineapple chicken and coleslaw with grilled pineapple. This fun-filled event was one of our most popular events of the summer!

Testimonial: The Bristal changed my mom’s life!


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After my Dad died, my mom was alone, severely depressed and a shut in. After I visited the Bristal in East Northport, I envisioned a new life for my mom. Well, the staff and residents brought my vision to a reality! Today, my mom is happy and fulfilled. She has pleasant company at her meals, and has plenty of activities to fill her days. Both the wonderful staff as well as the friendly residents made her feel welcome from the first day. The facility is beautiful and well maintained. My mom enjoys the meals, activities and trips. She is hardly ever in her room! My family is grateful to the Bristal for turning my mom’s life around!

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Caribbean Party in East Northport

Residents from East Northport got a taste of the islands this summer with a fabulous Caribbean party. We donned bright colors, floral patterns and sun hats to get into the mood. In true Caribbean fashion, we sipped on refreshing tropical drinks while listening to the rhythms of a live steel drum band. We couldn’t keep ourselves from getting up on our feet to dance to the sounds of the music. This party was such a blast that we wish we could take a trip to the islands every day!

East Northport Celebrates Staff Appreciation Week 2015

The Super Staff of The Bristal at East Northport set sail on The Bristal of The Seas “cruise ship” for a week-long adventure of cash giveaways, specialty staff socials, games and massages – culminating in an island-style BBQ by the pool, complete with steel drum band and reggae music. Captain Nick Materdomini and his crew made a festive “Bon Voyage” from the ship’s railings, showering the super staff below in confetti to kick off the week with enthusiasm. We would like to give a special thanks to our neighborhood partners, Home Depot and Trader Joe’s! They each provided beautiful flowers and plants for us to decorate our “cruise ship” with. We all had a fabulous time!


American Airpower Museum 2015

Each year, residents from The Bristal Assisted Living communities gather at The American Airpower Museum to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. The Long Island communities were joined this year by a group of dedicated folks from White Plains! Everyone was treated to a delicious lunch, including the museum guests for the day. We enjoyed sandwich platters, chips, cookies, and hot dogs straight from the cart. The Bay City Ramblers performed for us inside the hangar, and many residents spent the afternoon just dancing away to the patriotic songs that they played.

We were honored to have over 50 Veterans from The Bristal in attendance – both residents AND staff! Everyone had a wonderful time after lunch strolling around the hangar and museum – as well as going outside the hangar to enjoy the old planes and the sunshine. Our day at the American Airpower Museum is always such a wonderful way to start our Memorial Day Weekend.

Testimonial: I recommend The Bristal (5 / 5 Stars)

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April 2015

My wife has Alzheimer’s disease and before placing her in the East Northport Bristal, I checked out numerous other facilities for people with Alzheimer’s in Suffolk and Nassau, making visits to 6 of them. Based upon my site visits, I thought that this facility would be best for my wife.

My wife has now been a resident in the Bristal’s East Northport “Reflections” unit for 19 months, and I am very pleased with the care she has been receiving.. My wife still misses me a lot, but I can honestly say that she enjoys her daily activities at the Bristal and is happy living there. Whenever a problem has arisen with her care, it has been handled quickly and properly. She has very caring aides, and administrators are very responsive to any issues I bring to their attention. The Executive Director, Reflections Director, Social Worker, Wellness Center Director, Food Services Director … everyone works together as a team to provide the best care possible. After visiting my wife on a daily basis these past 19 months, I recently decided to take a week to visit with our son and family in Michigan. Needless to say, I left with some degree of anxiety. However, not only was Clare extremely well cared for during my absence, but the Reflections Director even took the time to email me while I was away to let me know that all was well, and that I should relax and enjoy my visit! That email helped to relieve a lot of my anxiety! In fact, I was so pleased with how my absence was handled that I am now planning to visit our son and his family every few months because I now know that my wife will be okay during my absence. Even though I knew my wife would be asking for me every day, the Bristal staff knew how to manage her daily anxiety and that provided me with invaluable peace of mind. I recommend this facility without reservation to any caregiver seeking a caring assisted living facility for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

East Northport’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration

East Northport’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration was lots of fun! Residents and staff enjoyed traditional Mexican Music throughout the day. The fiesta included special menu lunch options of key-lime shrimp, fajitas and Mexican chili. The fiesta continued with a Mexican Social later that day, complete with tortilla chips, salsa and Mexican beer.

St. Patrick’s Day in East Northport

The ‘Luck o’ The Irish’ was upon us this St. Patrick’s Day as residents and staff came together for a day of fun! Our food services staff prepared a festive, authentically Irish menu, featuring a corned-beef carving station, cabbage, Irish soda bread and Irish beer. Residents enjoyed their meal as they listened to the music of the Clancy Brothers and The Paddy Noonan Band. The celebration continued with an old-fashioned sing-along in our “Bristal Pub” – and was capped off with a performance by the Ryan Irish Step Dancers! Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us here in East Northport.