The Bristal at North Hills Blog

Summer Luau in North Hills

We are taking full advantage of the beautiful weather this summer here in North Hills. This month we had a Luau Party on the patio featuring professional Hawaiian dancers, all our favorite summer drinks, and of course grass skirts and leis. It was a great afternoon for a celebration, and our beautiful outdoor patio was the perfect place to enjoy it!

December in North Hills

This December in North Hills we kept quite busy despite the cold weather! We enjoyed a visit from a local girl scout troop, created some winter wonderland artwork, and of course enjoyed our annual holiday dinner party. One of our favorite programs of the month was a beautiful ballet performance! We are so thankful to have so much going on in our community even though we are stuck inside during these cold winter months!

Halloween in North Hills

We had a great time celebrating Halloween this year in North Hills. Residents and employees dressed up in their best costumes for an enjoyable afternoon. We made sure we were prepared for the trick-or-treaters by filling goodie bags ahead of time! Then, on Halloween, we had our own goodies to enjoy, including autumn sweet treats and spooky punch. The most enjoyable part of the afternoon though, was seeing all of the creative costumes.

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.

Testiominal from William Stegman

Dear Miss Bent,

I want to express my gratitued and appreciation to you and the staff at The Bristal for helping me celebrate my 93rd birthday with my family. Seven adults and two children representing four generations of my family enjoyed lunch together in the private dining room on Sunday, October 16th. the dining room staff was attentive and responsive to our needs. Each guest was able to order a different meal from the large number of selections on the menu — from hot dogs for my great-grandchildren to baked salmon for my daughter-in-law. And the children were free to play in the comfortable room in a way that would not be possible in a restaurant.

It is a wonderful benefit to have the use of the private dining room. I look forward to celebrating many more occasions with my family at The Bristal!

William Stegman

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.

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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”

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