The Bristal at Holtsville Blog

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!

Best of Assisted Living and Best of Senior Living Awards from

The Bristal at Westbury, The Bristal at Holtsville, The Bristal at Lynbrook and The Bristal at Lake Success All Receive 2018 Awards from

Senior 2018 Best Of Assisted Living as rated by families

We are honored to have four of our locations recognized by as 2018 award recipients: The Bristal Assisted Living at Westbury, The Bristal Assisted Living at Holtsville, and The Bristal Assisted Living at Lynbrook have received 2018 Best of Assisted Living Awards, and The Bristal at Lake Success, our first community exclusively dedicated to memory care, has received the 2018 Best of Senior Living Award. We are truly grateful to our residents and their families who have consistently provided us with incredibly positive feedback which reinforces our commitment to provide the best in senior and assisted living. is one of the nation’s top sites for senior care services ratings and reviews. This ranking places The Bristal in the top one percent of senior care providers throughout the nation. We are proud that our communities in Westbury, Holtsville, Lynbrook and Lake Success each have ratings above 4.5 stars as well as the great support from our residents and their families that qualified us for this honor.

Online reviews are extremely important in helping families make informed decisions for their loved ones in terms of the best senior care options. In a study Senior 2018 Best Of Assisted Living as rated by familiescompleted by and A Place For Mom, families are over 100% more likely to choose a 5-star community over a community with no reviews at all. We are happy to instill confidence in families searching for the best assisted living care, including Alzheimer’s care, that The Bristal is the best choice for their loved ones.

To Executive Director Noemi Valentino and her team in Westbury, Executive Director George Solano and his team in Holtsville, Executive Director Wendy Gregg and her team in Lynbrook and Executive Director Kimberly Bent and her team in Lake Success: Congratulations on the well-deserved honor of being awarded some of the best in senior living and assisted living in 2018 by!

The Bristal “Lights the World in Teal” with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

On Wednesday, November 8th, The Bristal joined landmarks all across the world in lighting up teal to show support for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), and their Light the World in Teal campaign. This annual campaign is held during the month of November for Alzheimer’s awareness month. Residents and employees came together to show their support by not only lighting their buildings in teal, but by participating in different themed programs. Residents took part in activities including an interactive strings attached trivia game on brain health, and an Alzheimer’s awareness parade.  The Bristal was proud to be a part of this worldwide effort.

Testimonial from John Cavallo

Testimonial from John F. Cavallo

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Date: September 28, 2017 at 2:41:31 PM EDT
To: Maryellen McKeon
Subject: Holtsville location

Dear Maryellen and Bonnie,

How are you? Hope all is well.

My dad recently moved in and seems very comfortable and satisfied with everything at the property. He tells me the staff is always smiling, accommodating and willing to please. I can’t tell you how relieved we feel and look forward to the future and many more good years. I must say you have a first class operation with every detail covered. I have and always will recommend your properties to my friends, family and business clients.

Thank you again for everything.

John F. Cavallo

Grandparents Day in Holtsville

The Bristal at Holtsville celebrated Grandparents Day with a Family Fun Carnival. For this special event, we invited all of our family and friends for an enjoyable afternoon. Special activities included Richard the Magician, live music by Summer Breeze, face painting, balloon animals, carnival games, and elegant desserts for the entire family!

Holtsville’s Kentucky Derby Day Celebration

Everyone in Holtsville had a wonderful time at our Kentucky Derby Day Celebration! We gathered in the bistro for a friendly horse racing game. We all took turns rolling the dice to see which horse would finish first. And, of course, what Derby Day would be complete without our fabulous Derby hats? Ours were made with love and we wore them proudly! Everyone enjoyed some sweet treats and mint juleps after the race.

Irish Step Dancing Performance in Holtsville

We were so lucky to have Irish Step Dancers from the Mulvihill-Lynch School of Irish Dance perform for us here in The Bristal at Holtsville. Students from 7-16 years old performed traditional group, quartet and solo dances, and a talented young dancer delighted our ears with a violin serenade. Guests were amazed by the skill, showmanship, beautiful costumes made in Ireland, ringlet curls, and the kind personalities of each and every dancer who visited with us after the performance. Our Irish eyes were smiling today!