The Bristal at Lynbrook Blog

Lynbrook’s New Year’s Eve Party

Each year, we gather together to celebrate the New Year here in Lynbrook. We are all looking forward to a terrific 2014. Here are a few photos from our party, and also a few of the resolutions that we made. Happy New Year!

Our 2014 New Year’s Resolutions:

  • To not take anything for granted – Myra
  • To listen to music and sing – Charlie
  • To stay healthy by walking and dancing – Alice
  • To be a better person and work on being forgiving – Claudia

Holiday Luncheon at The Swan Club

A few of The Bristal communities headed out to enjoy a holiday luncheon at The Swan Club. Not only do we enjoy going out for a meal with our friends, but it’s always great to meet new friends from nearby communities! After lunch, we enjoyed a little dancing before heading home.

Holiday Fun in Lynbrook

There’s always fun and laughter happening somewhere in the Lynbrook community. Here are some shots of residents and staff having holiday fun with Santa hats on! We wore them at the salon, at the concierge desk, around the office and even during bingo! Happy Holidays from all of us here in Lynbrook.

Holiday Celebration in Lynbrook Reflections

We all had a great day during our Holiday Celebration in Reflections. Our families joined us for some sweet treats, followed by an afternoon of dancing to live music. Holiday classics and familiar standards were on the play list. As you can see by the photos below, we all had a wonderful time!

Sensational Outstanding Seniors Concert in Lynbrook

The Sensational Outstanding Seniors recently put on their holiday show for all of us here in Lynbrook. The group spends time meeting, practicing and picking outfits and accessories for this special performance. All of their hard work really shows when they perform at their annual concert with a piano accompaniment. We’re always happy to see the many talents of our residents, and it’s wonderful to get in the holiday spirit as they fill the community with their beautiful music.

Testimonial from Mary Klein

Testimonial by Mary Klein

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To All:

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, yuletide carols being sung by a choir. And folks dressed up like Eskimos… Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright and tiny tots with their eyes all aglow will find it hard to sleep tonight… They know that Santa is on his way… Are the beginning lines of this beautiful carol sung by Nat King Cole, one of my favorites.

A very special thank you to all who work here. Your dedication and caring make each day special for everyone. The entire staff in the dining room, the chef who prepares food for everyone, the wellness clinic, the housekeeping staff, the aids, the maintenance men, and especially David and Alan all ensure that the Bristal is truly running in a manner that shines. It is so important to remember the good that people do and in this special season I am writing this letter to acknowledge all of you!!!!!

My wish is for all families to enjoy the beauty of this holiday season. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year!!!!!

With Love,

Mary Klein

2013 Holiday Celebration in Lynbrook

Our Holiday Celebration in Lynbrook was nothing short of amazing. We had so many family and friends join us here at The Bristal for a night of dancing and fun. Frosty the Snowman came for a visit and snapped a few photos with us. Later in the night, we even had a limbo contest! Thank you to everyone who joined us for this special night.

Testimonial from Lorraine Hogsett Culotta

Testimonial by Lorraine "Rae" Hogsett Culotta

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July 29, 2013

Dear Ms McKeon:

I am writing to advise you of the extraordinary care my mother, Judy Hogsett, received at the Bristal in Lynbrook. She was a resident there from Nov. 2010 to June 2013 when she passed away at Mercy Hospital.

She originally lived in the general population when she first became a resident and then moved up to Reflections almost two years ago. So the transition was seamless.

I have never met more knowledgeable, caring and concerned people that those on staff at the Bristal in Lynbrook. From the Director, Alan Parker—the most hands on manager l have ever met to the Business Manager. Maria Resnick—who rivals the best CPA to the administrator Judy Piazza to the larger than life angel of mercy. Shaniqua Hayes, the Director of Reflections—these are the best of the best in your organization and should be recognized as such. I have to also commend Dr. Robert Purvin, who took care of my Mom and was always available and the best diagnostician I have ever encountered.

My mother entered The Bristal when she was 94 and she not only lived there, she thrived. Always, clean, well groomed, fed and most of all loved, her last years were a joy to her and her family. We have only the staff at the Bristal to thank for that. My letter Is a minor mirror of the care and attention that all the residents there receive and It is because of the staff, from the Director on down. Their sincerity is genuine, the real deal. Not only do they care about each and every resident but they give of themselves willingly, cheerfully, and with a full heart. Their level of performance could never be achieved any other way.

Shaniqua and the staff of Reflections do a job that only a few could ever handle. They do it with respect, with compassion and most of all, with love. You can’t imitate the care and concern they give, it is just not possible. Only those with a gift for life can do what they do all day, every day. Every time I visited my Mom I knew she was where she should be. She was happy, well cared for, and always, always, loved.

Just a few days ago a friend, Steve Meehin met with Judy and put down a deposit on the spot for his Mom who will be moved there within the week. He was delighted with the tour given to him by Alan himself and with all the praise and recommendations I have always touted. But as always, it is the Bristal in Lynbrook, everyone on the staff I have mentioned and also Cislyn, the recreation director in Reflections; all the aides there; Michele in Recreation; Mike and Bill In Maintenance; Harvey in the kitchen; Pamela in the Beauty Salon—just to name a few who are and will always be to me, my heroes. And I have no doubt that they will be recognized as such by Mr. Meehin as well.

Please extend to them the gratitude of myself and my family for all their kindness and for safely keeping, watching over and most of all loving my most precious gift: my mother.


Lorraine “Rae” Hogsett Culotta