The Bristal at Sayville Blog

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.

Testimonial from Joyce Mandato

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From: Joyce Mandato
Sent: Friday, January 05, 2018 12:11 PM
To: Denise Milligan
Subject: Review of the Bristal

My husband has been a resident at Reflections for a few months now. Already his mobility has improved thanks to PT and OT sessions; he is stimulated by all the activities, is more engaged and no longer sleeps all day. His quality of life has improved.

The Bristal @ Sayville is not only beautiful and immaculate, but it provides a caring, professional atmosphere. The directors, medical team, front desk, care aides, recreation staff as well as the kitchen, laundry and housekeeping departments work well together to create this excellent facility. They are always available to answer questions and provide support to the family when needed.

The staff is well trained in the care of the dementia patient, and that care is done with compassion, hugs and kisses. It feels like a big “family”.

I am happy for the dignity that is shown my husband and secure that he is in a very good place.

Holiday Party in Sayville

We had such a great time at our holiday party this year in Sayville. Residents and employees dressed to impress for this special dinner party, but that did not stop them from getting silly. The evening consisted of an elegant cocktail hour, followed by a fine dining experience and live entertainment and dancing. This fun group of residents could not help but grab the elf hats and Santa beards as they posed for the camera. Another incredible event in the books for The Bristal at Sayville!

Halloween in Sayville

It was certainly a spooky Halloween this year in Sayville. After transforming the arts and crafts room into a haunted house, residents and staff enjoyed the thrill of walking through! Everyone was dressed up in their best costumes for the fun filled afternoon. After being spooked by the crafted haunted house, we put our dancing shoes on for some Halloween entertainment with Alex Alexander. As always, we had a great time.

Kentucky Derby Day in Sayville

On Kentucky Derby Day here in Sayville, we spent the day having tons of fun with friends – celebrating all things horse racing. We donned our finest Derby hats, and gathered for a friendly racing game down in the bistro. Everyone participated as we picked our favorites, and then took turns rolling the dice to see which horse could finish the race first! Afterwards, we sipped on some delicious mint juleps and watched the actual Kentucky Derby.

Egg Hunt in Sayville

Here in Sayville, we had so much fun during our Easter Egg Hunt! The staff hid Easter Eggs all around the community – and it was up to the residents to find them. Each plastic egg was filled with a sweet treat. With so many residents participating, the competition made it extra fun!

Virtual Reality Experience in Sayville

The Bristal Assisted Living at Sayville tested out virtual reality headsets with some of our residents. Through the program, we were able to travel to Disney World, inside national parks, and even ventured to our childhood homes! It was so exciting for everyone who tried it. We can’t wait to continue our travels through virtual reality here at The Bristal.

Testimonial From Ann

Dear Ms. McKeon,

It has been almost a year since my mother moved into the Bristal in Sayville and I am so grateful. Everyday I show up and I am greeted by a warm smile from Gerri and words of encouragement. I never know what type of day my mother is going to have given her dementia, but as soon as I enter Reflections, I am given an update. Many of days my mother gives everyone a run for their money of why she “can’t” get up, but I know if Carol or Hermanna or any of the other aides have been in her room once, they’ve been in there three times. And it is frustrating that even I don’t know what is going to persuade her to start her day. Tracey and Patrice have brainstormed with me on what I do to convince her or they come up with an idea. It is great how they keep trying and don’t give up.

I appreciate when I am in her room how clean it is kept. Often I know Pat has to hunt out the dirty clothes she hides and returns them freshly cleaned.

When my mother and I emerge from her room it is always fantastic to know there is an activity occurring. I only need to look on the calendar to find out and encourage her to par take. Whether it is Tori discussing current events, Dan covering recent court cases, or bingo with Monica, I know my mother will have fun. I see pictures of her at events and hear stories of her good times and it makes me smile. I even recommended a friend to the Bristal and he has placed his wife into the Bristal in Holtsville successfully. We met at another assisted living center and believe me, it is night and day how much better your facilities are in contrast.

This is a hard time for my mother. She sometimes doesn’t remember I am her daughter, but I know her new family works hard to keep her place clean, safe, and most importantly happy. The people at the Sayville Bristal work hard above and beyond their job titles and treat the residents with respect and compassion. So even if my mother won’t remember all the great things she has enjoyed this year, I won’t forget.

Thank you and Happy Holiday,
Ann

‘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.

Trimming the Tree in Sayville

Here in Sayville, we kicked off the holiday seasons by trimming the tree together in our grand foyer. Residents and staff participated, and each one of us hung an ornament on the tree. We sang carols, enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies, and even got a surprise visit from Santa! As you can see, we all had lots of fun! Happy Holidays from all of us here in Sayville.

National Assisted Living Week – Keep Connected

This year, the theme for National Assisted Living Week was “Keep Connected.” In line with that, The Bristal at Lynbrook invited residents from Sayville to participate in a video chat session! Residents in both communities got a tutorial in how the technology works, and then connected to their friends on the other end. This was the first time using this technology for many of the residents who participated, and we hope that they will use it again, as it is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends anywhere. Some residents even set up lunch dates with their new video chat friends! It was so exciting to showcase just one of the ways that we can use technology to keep connected.

Speed Meeting Hosted by The Bristal at Massapequa

The Bristal at Massapequa invited residents from The Bristal at Lynbrook and The Bristal at Sayville for a Speed Meeting event. Residents sat across from one another and had just a few minutes to get to know the person across the way. Once time was up, it was time to move on to the next seat! That way, residents had a chance to meet lots of new people. It was so much fun, we didn’t want to stop! After the sessions, we all enjoyed a happy hour with delicious appetizers and celebrated our new friendships. We can’t wait to do it again soon!