The Bristal at Massapequa Blog

High School Robotics Club Visits Massapequa

The residents at Massapequa stepped into the future today with a demonstration of robots by the students and advisers from Walt Whitman High School Robotics Club. They brought in two robots, Bertha and Master Yogurt, and explained how the students – ranging from 14-17 years old – created the plan, designed and built each feature of the robots. We also met the young man who coded the robots to the computer. Some of our residents even got to drive the robots! We truly admired the ingenuity of these students and thank them for coming and sharing their creations!

Massapequa Art Show on Display at Local Library

On Tuesday, April 2nd, The Bristal at Massapequa spent the evening at the Farmingdale Library to celebrate the art work made by our residents. Family and friends came to walk the gallery and enjoy the beautiful exhibit. The art work will be on display at the library for the month of April for the public to come and view. We invite you to stop by to see the beautiful works of art by our talented residents!

Local Nature Sanctuary Visits Massapequa

This month in Massapequa, a friend of ours from the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve was so generous to come in with a few of his fury and not-so-fury friends! The residents had a fantastic experience holding and petting the enormous yellow snake named Banana, an armadillo, owls, birds, a ferret, a mini rooster and a skunk. Thank you to the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve for protecting these beautiful animals!

Red Carpet Celebration in Massapequa

On February 24th at The Bristal at Massapequa, we celebrated the Oscars with our own red carpet event. We enjoyed an evening in style with an award-winning menu of delicious treats. Chocolate Oscar awards were also given out to the residents in the following categories: Best Dressed, Best Personality, Best Smile, Best Hair, Best Movie Critic, and Best Eyes! It was an evening enjoyed by all!

Caribbean Luncheon in Massapequa

Today, The Bristal at Massapequa set sail on a “cruise” to the Caribbean! We enjoyed a Caribbean inspired lunch, tropical drinks, and danced to the steel drum music of The Next Level Band! The theme continued into the afternoon with a nautical craft. Residents learned how to make a sailors knot and used it for an ocean scented potpourri jar. It was the perfect way to get our minds off of that cold winter weather!

Friendsgiving in Massapequa

On Sunday, November 18th in Massapequa, we had a Friendsgiving celebration – a Thanksgiving get-together with good friends. It was an afternoon filled with music, delicious desserts, and laughter. Here at The Bristal at Massapequa, we are so grateful to have such amazing residents and employees as a part of The Bristal family!

Veterans Day in Massapequa

In honor of Veterans Day here in Massapequa, we took some time this week to thank our Veterans for their service. On November 9th, we pinned each of our Veterans with an American flag pin and had special guests from the local Vet2Vet program come speak. On November 11th, we had entertainment followed by a roll call presenting each Veteran with a certificate of honor. Finally, on November 14th, we held a Veterans Luncheon, where all of our resident Veterans enjoyed a personalized private lunch. Here at The Bristal, it is our honor to serve those who have served. We thank you for all you have done for our country!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Social in Massapequa

On August 16th, The Bristal Ladies Club enjoyed an afternoon themed around Breakfast at Tiffany’s. We went all out, from the movie playing in the background while making our own Holly Golightly sleep masks, to dressing in our finest black dress and pearls. For our afternoon happy hour social, we enjoyed Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired blue lemonade mocktails and rainbow cookies. Overall, it was a fabulous afternoon!

Frank Sinatra & Friends in Massapequa

This month in Massapequa, special guest Nino presented Frank Sinatra & Friends: A Tony Bennett Supper Club Show. We put on our top hats and dancing shoes and sang along to all of our favorite music. Residents, friends, family, and staff – no matter their age – enjoyed the music as if it was their first time hearing it!  It was an afternoon filled with good food, friends, and fun!

West Babylon and Massapequa’s Hockey Competition

Today residents from Massapequa came to West Babylon to participate in our first ever floor hockey competition. We’ve been practicing all month! The competition included three rounds – the team that got the puck under the chair of the opposing team the most, won. West Babylon took the trophy this time, but they would be happy to meet with Massapequa any day of the week for a rematch!

 

Testimonial from Rose Polis

March 9, 2018

Dear Dina:

It has been a pleasure for our mom to be a resident at The Bristal over the last 2 years. She is making her transition as well as can be expected, now, in a nursing home.

I wanted to acknowledge the wonderful staff at Reflections, from her most wonderful aides, who treated her with kindness and respect, to the nursing staff, housekeeping, maintenance staff and reception. My sister and I are most grateful for all their care and concern.

There is one particular person, who, throughout these 2 years has been an ever present source of help and concern. She never missed a beat in handling our concerns and always was so pleasant and happy to be of service. We would like to thank NOVA for all she did to make us feel that we had someone who knew how we felt and made sure things went smoothly. Nova is a wonderful asset to The Bristal.

My sister and I thank you all.

Sincerely,
Rose Polis

Red Carpet Party in Massapequa

This past Sunday we hosted a Red Carpet Party in honor of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. Resident George, a lifetime member of the Screen Actors Guild, was acknowledged as we gave him a movie buff trophy to commemorate his lifetime of membership. Guests walked down the red carpet on their way to the photo booth where they posed for the camera. Signature drinks were served along with popcorn. We had a great time remembering the many past years of Academy Awards while also enjoying the present company!

Massapequa Director of Food Service Asked to Speak at Nassau BOCES Certificate Ceremony

The Bristal at Massapequa’s Director of Food Service, Ian Rousseau, was asked to be the keynote speaker at the certificate ceremony at Nassau BOCES. Ian, who has been a team member of The Bristal for almost eight years, was a graduate of the Food Service program at BOCES. Since receiving his certificate from the program, he has gone on to travel all around the world cooking for others, including three U.S. presidents! Fortunately, he found a home here at The Bristal at Massapequa as the Director of Food Service. As he spoke to the graduates he shared his love for his job and encouraged them to be kind, observant and caring in all of their future endeavors. We always love to see The Bristal team members keeping in touch with the people and programs that led them to where they are today, and inspiring others with their stories of success.