The Bristal at North Woodmere Blog

Sunrise Day Camp Fundraiser in North Woodmere

Residents in North Woodmere held a fundraiser recently to benefit Sunrise Day Camp – a camp on Long Island for children with cancer, and their siblings. Residents had fun while they raised money, doing a sing along around our “campfire,” making s’mores, playing games, making tie dye t-shirts, and more! Residents from the Beading Club and the Needlepoint Club made handmade crafts and sold them. Together, they raised $700 that they will be donating to Sunrise Day Camp!

Chinese New Year Celebration in North Woodmere

We all had a wonderful time celebrating Chinese New Year here in North Woodmere. Chef Virgo cooked us up a delicious spread of traditional Chinese food and specialty orange blossom cocktails. After lunch, we were all mesmerized by the incredible variety performance put on for us by NY Sunshine Arts Council. Their Chinese music and dancing was wonderfully entertaining. Here’s to 2017 – Year of the Rooster!

‘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.

Veterans Day in North Woodmere

On Veterans Day here in North Woodmere, we honored all of the Veterans who have served this country. We had some US Marines join us, as well as members of the Vet to Vet program. A representative from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s Office was there and presented proclamations. Later in the day, we had refreshments while listening to patriotic music performed by Rose and Fred.

Staff Appreciation in North Woodmere

Here in North Woodmere, we spent a whole week celebrating our wonderful team during Staff Appreciation Week! Each department was an island, and they had to fill their island’s treasure box with coins, earned in different ways. There were games with coins as prizes, a scavenger hunt, an ice cream sundae making contest and more! We also enjoyed theme days where we all got to dress up, and an outdoor staff barbecue. We just love to celebrate the people who make The Bristal such a wonderful place to be. Remember: it’s not just what you do, it’s how you do it!

Testimonial: I am a friend or relative of resident (5 / 5 Stars)

When my father died this past fall, my mother knew that she wanted to move into an assisted living facility. She wanted to live independently of family but she was not sure what this new chapter of her life would look like. We visited several facilities in our area and ultimately chose the Bristal at North Woodmere. It was the first place we visited and the one we came back to. The atmosphere just seemed so friendly and warm. Lots of friendly faces and people who looked like they were still involved and doing things. The facility itself was very attractive and the one-bedroom apartment that we looked at was well laid out for my mother.

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The Bristal itself also made a great impression. The dining room and all the public rooms were clean and nicely maintained with most of the activities on the first floor. The director, Lisa, has been a godsend to my mother. She is responsible for running a very special community and does it with grace and humor. We depend upon her to brainstorm when there’s an issue and she is very accessible to my mother and also to us. The staff members at the Bristal at North Woodmere are very friendly and genuinely nice people. They have supported my mother in her adjustment to her new surroundings. They have extended themselves at every turn, helping to make things as easy as possible. The Wellness staff (both the registered nurses and the support staff) are kind and caring and very attentive to my mother’s health issues. Too many wonderful, caring people to mention their names, as I would surely leave someone out. We can all feel secure that my mother is a push-button or call away from any help that she might need. The people at the reception desk are always friendly and make us feel welcome (Linda, Jermaine & Denise, thank you!) Frank and Jamie were so helpful with the move-in. Physical therapy is right on the premises and the doctors who come to the Bristal have made life easier for us all. And there are lots of activities to keep mom busy and everyone is very open to suggestions for new activities. Lectures, concerts, and special parties are always being planned. All in all, it was the right decision for my mother to move here and we would not hesitate to recommend the Bristal at North Woodmere to anyone who is considering an assisted living option.

Testimonial : I am/was a resident of this facility (5/5 Stars)

I have been a resident of The Bristal at North Woodmere for over five years although it doesn’t seem that long. Prior to moving here my wife and I lived in Florida where we enjoyed an active lifestyle.  As the years went by we felt the need to slow down a bit and to live closer to family members. Our daughter lives in Woodmere, so the Bristal at North Woodmere seemed to be the most practical location.

We took a tour of the facilities and were impressed. Our first impression turned out to be correct; everything was as it was explained to us.

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The most important part of living in an assisted living facility is the staff whom we found to be extremely capable and friendly. From the “Wellness” personnel through housekeeping and the wait staff in the dining room, we could not ask for a more friendly or cooperative group.

We were concerned that the meals would be less than those to which we were accustomed but we were pleasantly surprised to find that was not the case. An excellent choice is provided for each meal and there is always something to enjoy.

My wife passed away in 2012. Fortunately, we had made some good friends who made the transition from married to single as easy as possible.

The living quarters are great. There is a wide choice of quarters based upon the resident’s desire and budget. TV service is provided at no charge and just recently, access to the internet was put into effect saving us the expense of contracting with an outside service.

The facilities are complete and utilized with great enthusiasm by the residents. From nightly movies to a full calendar of activities, nothing has been left out. The staff is always ready to listen and act upon our desires and suggestions.

Of course an organization such as this must be carefully honed by those in charge, and we are fortunate to have a new Director (Lisa) who chats daily with the residents to be sure nothing is lacking. She not only listens to our desires but acts upon them. Daily she walks through the dining room to chat with and to listen to the residents.

I have had occasion to visit a number of facilities on Long Island and have found none which can approach The Bristal at North Woodmere.

Testimonial: I am a relative of a resident at North Woodmere (5/5 Stars)

I don’t even know what to say about how great this assisted living facility. Not only does it look like a hotel but most importantly they employ a staff who care for the residents with compassion and professionalism.

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It is not just a job to them they put their heart and soul into it. My father spent 18 months there in the memory unit. In addition to cognitive issues he had so many health problems and had to take a ton of medication. They made every day of his life as best as it could be even when he was difficult. They kept him clean and were patient and kind. The workers and management knew when he needed additional medical care and when he was dying they knew exactly when to have Hospice come in, They were more attentive than the Hospice staff tending to his every need. They also played a big role in supporting my mother who had been a caregiver with declining mobility. They took care of her when she visited and were compassionate with me, the only child. My mother entered the Bristal in the regular unit, recently. I can sleep at night knowing she is safe and getting great care when needed. The management/director of the facility is very hands on with knowledge of each resident and is a true professional. She makes sure everything runs smoothly. If you are looking for a facility for a family member or friend there is no better place.

 

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

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.com

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

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

North Woodmere Staff Appreciation 2015

We celebrated Staff Appreciation this year with a week of fun and games! Each day, we enjoyed theme days, contests and prize giveaways. Everyone was treated to a barbecue, and we had the perfect weather for it. Our Superstaff here in North Woodmere truly lives by our motto – it’s not just what we do, it’s how we do it!

Luau in North Woodmere

We had so much fun at our annual Luau here in North Woodmere. The dancers had us all up, dressed in the proper Hula attire, and learning how to do all the moves. Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating summer in grass skirts, leis, and coconut shells! We hope you are all enjoying your summer as much as we are!

North Woodmere Reflections at Old Westbury Gardens

Residents from North Woodmere Reflections headed out for a gorgeous sunny day at Old Westbury Gardens. It is the former home of John S. Phipps, and the mansion sits on 200 acres of gardens, woodlands, ponds and lakes. We enjoyed a tea party in the cafe, and spent the rest of the afternoon roaming the beautiful gardens.