The Bristal at Lake Grove Blog

Shelter Kittens Visit Lake Grove

Lake Grove residents and staff enjoyed a day of the cutest kittens, which led to a day of smiling ear to ear! A local shelter visited with some adorable and cuddly kittens for us to love. Some of the kittens were being bottle fed, and the residents enjoyed helping out with that. As you can see, we just loved these little kittens so much, we couldn’t help but smile. We’ve always got love to give, so we welcome the shelter to come back again soon!

Lake Grove Residents Celebrate Dr. Seuss

In celebration of what would have been the 113th birthday of Dr. Seuss, residents in Lake Grove decided to pay homage to the man who charmed the world with his whimsical wonderful words. We made green deviled eggs from scratch – to try green eggs and ham , of course – and wrote up some of our own riddles just for fun. And fun is what we were after, because as Dr. Seuss said, “If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good!”

‘Me, Too!’ Game in Lake Grove

We love learning about one another, and discovering shared interests and common ground. We came up with a really great way to visualize just how connected we all are, and it was a fun way to learn more about staff and also about new residents! We played a fun game of “Me, too!” where someone starts with a ball of yarn. They reveal something about themselves, and anyone who shares that in common simply says “me, too!” The yarn is passed along to that person, while the other keeps one end in their hand. As the game grows longer, and the yarn keeps getting passed, we learn so much more about our friends, and we get to see what an amazing web we weave!

Service Dog Fundraiser in Lake Grove

Matthew Redlein, an 8th grade student at Nesaquake Middle School in Smithtown, is doing what he can to raise funds and awareness about service dogs, and teach others how the dogs can help veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, blindness, hearing loss, amputations, and other post-combat disabilities. Matthew is raising money to donate to America’s VetDogs and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, located in Smithtown, who serve the needs of disabled veterans from all eras who have honorably served our country. For every $6,000 raised, Matthew will be able to sponsor a future service dog that will be trained and placed with a veteran or first responder. Recently, Matthew came in to receive a donation from The Bristal at Lake Grove. He is currently just $5,500 away from his personal goal of raising $50,000! Congratulations Matthew on all of your hard work, we’re so happy to support your cause!

Service Dog Fundraiser in Lake Grove

‘Through Our Eyes’ Art Exhibit

This year, we created a special art exhibit called “Through Our Eyes.” Residents from all of The Bristal communities created artwork using various mediums. Then, our art went on display at the Long Island Museum for a month as a special exhibit! There were photos and bios of the artists, and so many people got to enjoy our unique artwork. Thank you to everyone who participated, the Long Island Museum for their hospitality, and to everyone who came to support us.

Lake Grove’s Drum Party

To try something new and different, we recently had a Drum Party here in Lake Grove! The drummers had different types of drums and played some incredible beats as different performers danced for us, and also with us! It didn’t take long until we were all up and dancing along to the sounds of the drums!

End of Summer Luau in Lake Grove

As summer draws to a close, we are not letting that stop the fun here in Lake Grove! We invited a Hawaiian dance troupe in to perform a traditional hula dance for us at our End of Summer Luau. We all enjoyed eating luau inspired fare while we put on our grass skirts and learned a few steps ourselves. We might be saying goodbye to summer, but we’re also going to welcome what fall has to bring with open arms.

Fourth of July in Lake Grove

We were in the patriotic spirit here at The Bristal at Lake Grove on the Fourth of July! Staff, family, and residents donned their red white and blue, and showed their true colors dancing to music by Glenn Baldwin and enjoying a spectacular spread of BBQ fare at our Fourth of July barbecue. Flags were proudly flown along the walking path to add to the patriotic flair.

Lake Grove’s Summer Salad Competition

Lake Grove kicked off the summer with their first annual Summer Salad Competition – a friendly contest between all of the departments in the building. The real winners are the residents who get to taste all of the amazing creations, and then cast a vote for their favorite! There were pasta salads, fruit salads, coleslaw and more. Even though there were some amazing entries, the Food Service department took the win this time. Joe from the kitchen staff went above and beyond, creating a raw slaw salad with mango, raspberry vinaigrette, shrimp and candied pecans. It was super tasty and a crowd favorite!

The Bristal at ‘A Taste of Long Island’

The Bristal at Lake Grove participated this year at the East Northport Chamber of Commerce’s event: A Taste of Long Island. The annual event, now in its 13th year, attracts hundreds of foodies and wine and beer connoisseurs. They come to taste all of the different offerings that local pubs and restaurants have to offer. Our chefs always love the fun challenge of deciding which culinary creation to serve. This year, The Bristal at Lake Grove took home the award for Best Table Presentation. Congratulations to all who participated!

Lake Grove’s Valentine’s Day Festivities

Love was definitely in the air at The Bristal at Lake Grove on Valentine’s Day Weekend! We kicked off the celebration of love with a Sweethearts Luncheon in the Parlor. Eight couples who live at The Bristal attended. They enjoyed soup, an entree, and a chocolate lava cake for dessert, all prepared with love by the food service staff. We toasted to everlasting love, and each couple took home one of the primrose centerpieces. The next day, we spread the love at our Valentine’s Day Party in The Bistro. Friends and family were welcome to join us as we snacked on a wonderful spread of chocolate treats, and enjoyed a live performance from The Long Island Chorus. Everyone truly felt the love. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here in Lake Grove.

Ten Communities of The Bristal Named “Caring Stars of 2016” by Caring.com

The Bristal Assisted Living at East Meadow, East Northport, Lake Grove, Lynbrook, Massapequa, North Hills, North Woodmere, Sayville, White Plains and Woodcliff Lake Honored Among Top Senior Living Communities in the Nation — Named “Caring Star of 2016” for Service Excellence in Assisted Living

Positive Consumer Ratings Led to This Industry-Leading Distinction from Caring.com

Caring Stars 2016 - StandardBadgeCaring.com has named The Bristal at East Meadow, East Northport, Lake Grove, Lynbrook, Massapequa, North Hills, North Woodmere, Sayville, White Plains and Woodcliff Lake as “Caring Stars of 2016” for service excellence in assisted living. In ratings and reviews from older adults and their family members, these ten communities earned a 5-star consumer rating (the highest possible score), while also meeting other qualifying criteria for this national honor.

In New York State, only 38 assisted living communities were named a Caring Star, and The Bristal is so proud that 9 of our communities were among those honored. The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake, our only community in New Jersey, was among the 24 communities that were honored in that state.

Americans are increasingly seeking insights provided by online reviews to help guide important senior care decisions for aging or ailing loved ones. In multiple Caring.com research studies, the majority of family caregivers have indicated that they turn to the Internet and consumer reviews when researching senior living communities, and have relied on these perspectives more so than in-person recommendations from geriatric professionals or medical personnel. Now entering its fifth year, the Caring Stars annual list helps consumers reliably narrow senior living options for their loved ones to the most-acclaimed communities – particularly as they gather for the holidays and discover increased or urgent senior care needs.

The Bristal at East Northport and North Hills Each Win Their Third Award, and Lynbrook Wins its Fourth, Making All Three Communities “Caring Super Stars”

Caring Stars 2016 - SuperStarBadgeOut of only 96 communities nationwide who were awarded the distinction of being “Caring Super Stars” in 2016, we are so pleased to announce that three of those winners are communities of The Bristal. This badge is awarded only to communities who have earned the distinction of “Caring Star” three or more times in the program’s five year history. You can view the past winners here:

2015: Eight Communities Named “Caring Star of 2015” by Caring.com
2014: Caring Stars of 2014: East Northport, Lynbrook and Westbury
2013: Caring.com Names Lynbrook and North Hills “Caring Stars of 2013”

About Caring.com
With three million unique visitors to its website monthly, Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. Caring.com provides helpful caregiving content, online support groups, and a comprehensive Senior Care Directory for the United States, with nearly 100,000 consumer ratings and reviews.