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Fall Brunch in Holtsville

On October 14th, residents and guests gathered in Holtsville for a beautiful Fall Brunch! Guests were greeted in our main lobby with an autumn display, then head to the dining room for a full spread of brunch favorites. Specialty stations included make-to-order pumpkin waffles and omelets, carving stations, and fall-themed sides and pastries.  Cheers to a happy and healthy autumn season!

Grandparents Day in Holtsville

Here in Holtsville, we kicked off National Assisted Living Week with a very special Grandparents Day celebration. It was an afternoon filled with music, games, laughter, and of course a colorful spread of carnival treats, enjoyed by guests of all ages. The Summer Breeze Band performed live as families and friends came together to sing and dance along. We had a great time celebrating all of the amazing grandparents of The Bristal!

Testimonial from Eileen DeCarmine

Testimonial from Eileen DeCarmine

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From: Eileen DeCarmine
Sent: Monday, September 3, 2018
To: Stephanie Collins
Subject: Pauline’s 96th Birthday

Hello Stephanie!

We had the most amazing 96th birthday celebration for Pauline at The Bristal yesterday. My mom’s friends said it was like a wedding and they absolutely loved the way the staff was so attentive to my mom. Vic and I truly appreciate how much the staff helped us throughout the day to make it perfect for Pauline. She was smiling all day long!

Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your help getting Pauline adjusted to her new home. She truly loves it there and we know it is the perfect place for her. Joyce and Margaret are the perfect tablemates for her, and I can see they give as much joy back to her as she gives to them.

I just found out that one of Pauline’s longtime best friends, Nancy Flood, just moved into The Bristal in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. I’m working on getting them to video chat with each other so they can share their feelings about living in a new environment. I think my mom will be a good source of positivity for her Nancy who recently stopped driving and is having a tough time adjusting. I will let you know how that goes!

Thanks again for your support and concern for my mom. The staff is fantastic and my mom can’t stop raving about how kind and caring they are. I agree with her 100%!

Eileen DeCarmine

Testimonial from Residents Ellen and Mike

Testimonial from Ellen and Mike

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Dear George,

We extend our most heartfelt thanks to you and the others who made possible a lovely celebration for our anniversary. Could you please thank them personally for us. It required a great deal of effort and interest and good feeling and we so much appreciate it. Thanks again.

Ellen and Mike

Wedding Anniversary in Holtsville

On August 13th, residents Michael and Ellen Mangino celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary with family and friends! The Bristal at Holtsville hosted a reception in their honor where we enjoyed hor d’oeuvres and wedding cake alongside live musical entertainment. We even made a champagne toast to the happy couple! To Michael and Ellen – Happy Anniversary! We wish you 63 more years of happiness!

90th Birthday Celebration in Holtsville

This month we celebrated resident Betty’s 90th birthday with a Disco Party! Residents and staff dressed up and boogied to their favorite songs from the 1970’s, with music by Donna Lee from That 70’s Band! Betty is 90 years young and was in the center of the dance floor the entire afternoon. Happy Birthday Betty and thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating this groovy woman!

Prom Night in Holtsville

Prom season is upon us, so here in Holtsville we pulled out our nicest dresses and suits for our very own Prom celebration. We had a great time nominating and voting for superlatives in categories such as Most Artistic, Best Dancer, and Best Comedian, chosen by the residents and for the residents. Husband and wife, Michael and Ellen were voted Prom King and Queen, but everyone walked away a winner. Residents and staff danced the evening away. It was certainly a party to remember!

Mother’s Day Tea Party in Holtsville

On May 12th, residents and families attended a Mother’s Day Tea Party in Holtsville. Piano player JK Hodge entertained us with all of our favorite tunes throughout the afternoon. A variety of teas were served along with finger sandwiches, croissants, linzer tarts, biscotti cookies, fresh fruit and more. We also had a family photo share, free giveaways, and a Mother’s Day raffle basket to pamper a special mom. To all our mothers, Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for being you!

St. Patrick’s Day in Holtsville

Here in Holtsville, we had a great time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Residents and staff worked together to decorate The Bristal bus to ride in the Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We also held our own celebration at home, with an Irish buffet followed by a luck of the Irish social hour, with live entertainment and some amazing sweet treats!

Testimonial from Cynthia DePaula

Testimonial from Cynthia Depaula, Bristal reviews

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February 24, 2018

Mr. George Solano
The Bristal Holtsville
5535 Expressway Drive No.
Holtsville, NY 11742

Dear George,

On behalf of Enid Roth, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful care she received at your facility. From the very beginning when Stephanie made more happen in the last four hours on a Friday afternoon than most people get done in a week, we were able to get Enid registered and checked in in less than 24 hours.

Everyone in the memory ward was amazing. Lindsay and Tammy were always there for Enid and I was continuously aware of how much they loved her. Shauna and Sharon always so caring and kind; Joanne, Jennifer and the entire staff were so professional and uplifting. My family and I will forever remember them.

Thank you as well for running such a beautiful and caring facility.

All my best,
Cynthia DePaula

Casino Day in Holtsville

Here in Holtsville, we had such a great time hosting Casino Day! Residents played all day, betting their chips on Blackjack, Texas Hold’em, Horse Racing and the Lucky Roulette Wheel. Lunch consisted of an all-American buffet featuring some of our favorite pasta dishes. Elvis Presley joined us in the afternoon for a Viva Las Vegas performance and our high rollers were recognized with certificates and gift cards. A cash prize was even presented to the highest roller of the day!

The Bristal Attends Veterans Appreciation Dinner

Residents of Massapequa, West Babylon, Sayville and Holtsville attended a very special Veterans Appreciation Dinner on January 20th. From the moment they arrived they were treated like royalty. From a special salute as they entered, to other veterans coming over to shake their hands, they could not have felt more special. Each resident also received a challenge coin based on their branch of service. It was such an honor to have been a part of this event. It will certainly be one that will remain with us as a cherished memory. As always, we thank all of our veterans for their service.

New Year’s Eve in Holtsville

Happy New Year From The Bristal at Holtsville! This year we rang in the new year with a countdown to 12:00 noon! A dynamic set of music was performed by live entertainment, and residents put on their party hats and danced along. Smiles filled the room as we passed hors d’oeuvres, and toasted to new beginnings, good health, fabulous friends, and a prosperous New Year for 2018!

Holiday Party in Holtsville

The Bristal at Holtsville celebrated the Holidays with full-spirits! Residents, families and friends took pictures at our photo booth before entering cocktail hour, which was accompanied by the festive piano melodies of JK Hodge. Cocktail hour was followed by an elegant dinner menu and dancing to live music. It was certainly a holiday party to remember. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!