The Bristal at Lynbrook Blog

Grandparents Day Wonderland Tea Party in Lynbrook

Grandparents Day here in Lynbrook was a Wonderland of fun this year! We invited our families to join us for a whimsical afternoon at our Grandparents Day Wonderland Tea Party. We enjoyed finger sandwiches, pastries and tea and had a great time laughing and dancing the day away. There were balloon animals, games to play, and a photo booth to make some fun memories together. Everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Grandparents Day!

Testimonial from The Simon Family

We are sad to see our Mom Gloria Simon leave the place that has been home for the last 2 years, but wanted to express our deepest gratitude for the compassionate care, genuine warmth and fellowship, professionalism and personability that has enabled our family and our Mom to navigate this challenging ordeal in our lives. Everyone on Staff here has conducted themselves with the highest standards of excellence, but special thanks to Mary, Shaniqua, Dawn, Marie G, Ruth, Claudia and Bill. Your dedication and service distinguish you not only as employees of an award winning facility, but as individuals whose concern, commitment and sense of community deserve the highest praise!

 

The Simon Family

Bake Sale Fundraiser in Lynbrook

Here in Lynbrook, we are actively raising money throughout the summer for the Alzheimer’s Association. One of our first events was a recent bake sale. Staff and family members baked some amazing goodies for our beautiful table. All proceeds from it go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. We raised almost $500 in just one afternoon! We even had families and friends request another one for next month. The Bristal at Lynbrook is certainly dedicated to fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and we can’t wait to come together for more days like today.

 

Memorial Day in Lynbrook

We didn’t let the rain get us down here in Lynbrook. We simply moved our barbecue off the patio and indoors. We played indoor volleyball, and enjoyed a BBQ lunch, but we never lost sight of the true meaning of the day. We proudly wore our red white and blue and honored all of the men and women who have served our country.

Speed Meeting Hosted by The Bristal at Massapequa

The Bristal at Massapequa invited residents from The Bristal at Lynbrook and The Bristal at Sayville for a Speed Meeting event. Residents sat across from one another and had just a few minutes to get to know the person across the way. Once time was up, it was time to move on to the next seat! That way, residents had a chance to meet lots of new people. It was so much fun, we didn’t want to stop! After the sessions, we all enjoyed a happy hour with delicious appetizers and celebrated our new friendships. We can’t wait to do it again soon!

Art Gallery Opening in Lynbrook

Here at The Bristal at Lynbrook, we proudly displayed unique artwork at our first annual Art Gallery Opening. The pieces were created by both residents and staff. Family members and friends joined us for the opening and enjoyed a fine assortment of cheeses, finger sandwiches and wine. Entertainer JK Hodge played the piano throughout the event to add to the ambiance. There is so much creative talent here at The Bristal, and we’re so proud to show it off!

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.

Pen Pal Lunch Hosted by Lynbrook

After a successful pen pal program, The Bristal at Sayville had their friends from Lynbrook stop over last month for lunch. This time, The folks from Lynbrook returned the lovely gesture by inviting residents from Sayville over for lunch! After we enjoyed a delicious spread in The Bistro, the residents from Sayville hung out a bit for an amazing drum circle with George from Spirit Sky Drum. It was a fun filled afternoon with new friends!

Lynbrook S. Middle School Visits The Bristal

Right after the New Year, student from Lynbrook S. Middle School visited residents at The Bristal at Lynbrook for a day of fun and games. We played a leisurely game of balloon volleyball, and also had some more intense games of checkers going on around the community! It’s always so nice when the children come to visit, we all learn so much from each other. We look forward to another visit soon!

Holiday Party in Lynbrook

We celebrated the holidays together here in Lynbrook with our annual Holiday Party. Residents enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by a delicious winter wonderland themed holiday dinner. After dinner, residents and staff danced the night away. It was a wonderful evening filled with amazing food, music, and friends! Happy Holidays from all of us here in Lynbrook.

Pen Pal Luncheon Hosted by Sayville

Residents from The Bristal at Lynbrook and The Bristal at Sayville started a pen pal program, where they have been writing back and forth to one another each week. After some time, residents from Sayville decided that they wanted to have their pen pals over for a luncheon. The Bristal made arrangements, and everyone was so glad to finally meet in person! The program started out as a way to make new connections, and has created beautiful new friendships. The Bristal at Lynbrook is looking forward to returning the favor next month, when they will host their friends from Sayville.

Speed Meeting in Lynbrook

Lynbrook residents sat down one afternoon for a Speed Meeting session. Each pair had just three minutes to get to know the person sitting in front of them, and at the buzzer, residents would rotate to the next chair over to start again with someone else. Old friends and new ones all had the opportunity to learn something new about the other during the quick question and answer sessions. After breaking the ice, we ended the meet and greet with a dance party! We look forward to more of these Speed Meeting sessions to help us all welcome new residents, and keep current with old friends.

Veterans Day in Lynbrook

We had a great day here in Lynbrook on Veterans Day. All of our veterans, joined by their families and friends, were honored in a ceremony and presented with a certificate. Other residents showed appreciation by creating a beautiful collage of kind words which we presented to our veterans in a frame. The residents also put together some words of thanks in a poetry group that was read aloud at the ceremony. We closed the ceremony with staff and residents singing God Bless America. It was a wonderful way to honor our veterans.

Lynbrook’s Fall Brunch

Residents from Lynbrook enjoyed a hearty Fall Brunch on a sunny Sunday morning. The buffet included all of the brunch staples, plus there were stations for made to order omelets, waffles, meat carving and pasta. Let’s not forget the wonderful selection of sweet treats for dessert. It was a delicious way to welcome autumn!