The Bristal at North Hills Blog

Ruth’s 101st Birthday in North Hills

Happy 101st Birthday to our very own Ruth! Her family came and joined her as we celebrated this amazing woman. We had a special ceremony and cake for her in the Bistro, followed by a special live performance. The guest star was, of course, Ruth! She’s always the first one out on the dance floor or singing with the band. We’re so glad to have spent this special day celebrating you!

‘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.

Paint and Pour Tea Party in North Hills

We put our own little spin on a Paint and Pour party here in North Hills by making it an afternoon tea party, and inviting families to join us. Everyone was welcome to join in on the painting, and we encouraged families to work on a single piece together. Not only did it create wonderful memories, but it also created a beautiful keepsake. We had such a great turnout, and everyone had a lovely day together. We look forward to having more Paint and Pour parties here in North Hills soon!

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

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 Stars 2016 - 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 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
2014: Caring Stars of 2014: East Northport, Lynbrook and Westbury
2013: Names Lynbrook and North Hills “Caring Stars of 2013”

With three million unique visitors to its website monthly, is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. 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.

Testimonial from Jean Spina

Hi Kim,

Testimonial from Jean Spina

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I just wanted you to know how appreciative I am of one of your staff members Victoria (wellness). She is very compassionate, receptive, pleasant, and very respectful to me and to the other residents. She always has a nice smile on her face and she’s always eager to help. Please convey my thanks to her.

Thank you

Jean Spina








Testimonial: I am a relative of a resident at North Hills

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December 23, 2015

When my cousin entered the Reflections unit over the summer, she had a rocky transition. Although she required some medication, it was more than balanced by extra care and structured days filled with people and activities. Betsy and her staff transformed her into her old, sociable, cheerful self in about 6 weeks. We were hoping for clean and safe, but we got more – we got happy. What we had not taken fully into account was the value of being in a world filled with people. Our cousin had become angry and bitter, as well as confused. She’s still confused, but she is happy. She is and was a people person. I would always be glad to chat with any one caring for a person with dementia and encourage them seriously to consider The Bristal at North Hills.

Town Officials Visit North Hills

Officials from the Town of North Hempstead came by one afternoon for a visit. Councilwoman Anna M. Kaplan was joined by a few of her colleagues, and they updated us as to what was going on in the area. Residents love the opportunity to meet with the town officials and ask them questions about the issues that are important to them. We thank the local officials for stopping in to see us here in North Hills!

Halloween in North Hills

We had so much fun here this year on Halloween. Staff and residents all got in the spirit by dressing up in some really great costumes. We had a scarecrow, ladybug, black cat, witch and the Queen of Hearts. Everyone gathered in the afternoon to enjoy some live entertainment and danced the day away. Happy Halloween from all of us here in North Hills!

North Hills Residents Enjoy a Concert in the Park

Residents from North Hills just can’t get enough of the sunshine! We hopped on the bus and headed out to Eisenhower Park to enjoy a summer concert. We brought lunch so that we could picnic in the park, and then stuck around for the performance, dancing away the afternoon.

Saturday on the Porch in North Hills

Here in North Hills, we are absolutely making the most out the gorgeous summer weather! One of our favorite things to do is sit and enjoy the summer breezes out on the covered porch. On this day, we all got a special treat – a live entertainer outdoors and ice cream floats to keep us all cool. We all had a wonderful time relaxing, reading, and simply spending time outdoors with friends. We’re looking forward to the rest of these beautiful summer days.

Summer Fun in North Hills

We are making the most out of the beautiful weather here in North Hills and having lots of summer fun. We have been spending the days with our sunscreen by our sides soaking up sun out by the pool with some good books, refreshing drinks and great friends! We’ve been just as busy keeping cool inside while doing tons of different arts and crafts, cooking, baking, and playing fun games.