The Bristal at Massapequa Blog

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.

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.

Reopening Ceremony in Massapequa

Massapequa had a special Grand Reopening Ceremony to celebrate the recently completed building renovations, as well as the community’s 11th anniversary. Attendees included the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce and many of the Town of Oyster Bay officials.  Councilman Tom Hand, and the Town of Oyster Bay Town Clerk, James Altadonna, presented us with a beautiful citation to put on display in our building.  Residents attended proudly in celebration of their new and improved home!

 

Massapequa’s Mini Walk to Benefit Sunrise Day Camp

Residents and staff from The Bristal at Massapequa held a Mini Walk this weekend to raise funds and show support for Sunrise Day Camp. The camp, located on Long Island, is available at no charge for children with cancer – as well as their siblings. We decorated the courtyard on this lovely day with butterflies and walked, ate s’mores and laughed, and then laughed again at our afternoon comedy show. We’re proud to say that we raised over $100 today, which will be donated directly to Sunrise Day Camp!

Massapequa’s April Fools Pranks

We had so much fun in Massapequa on April Fools’ Day pulling pranks on each other! This year, residents made packets of ‘doughnut seeds’ to give out as a goof. We cut the patterns out, glued them, and filled them with Cheerios! We also had the kitchen cut up carrots for us, which we wrapped in parchment paper to make them look like salt water taffy. Then, after lunch, we offered some free taffy to our unsuspecting friends! Everyone got a kick out of this year’s April Fools’ Day pranks. We’re already planning for next year!