The Bristal at Sayville Blog

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!

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.

Pen Pal Lunch Hosted by Lynbrook

After a successful pen pal program, The Bristal at Sayville had their friends from Lynbrook stop over last month for lunch. This time, The folks from Lynbrook returned the lovely gesture by inviting residents from Sayville over for lunch! After we enjoyed a delicious spread in The Bistro, the residents from Sayville hung out a bit for an amazing drum circle with George from Spirit Sky Drum. It was a fun filled afternoon with new friends!

Holiday Festivities in Sayville

This holiday season in Sayville, we planned so many fun holiday festivities. We enjoyed our annual holiday party, fun and games with Elf on the Shelf, a gingerbread house decorating competition, lighting the Menorah with Rabbi Seth, trimming the tree with Santa, a Christmas tree relay game, and so much more! As you can see, the community was filled with laughter, joy, and friendship. We hope you enjoyed the holiday seasons as much as we did.

Pen Pal Luncheon Hosted by Sayville

Residents from The Bristal at Lynbrook and The Bristal at Sayville started a pen pal program, where they have been writing back and forth to one another each week. After some time, residents from Sayville decided that they wanted to have their pen pals over for a luncheon. The Bristal made arrangements, and everyone was so glad to finally meet in person! The program started out as a way to make new connections, and has created beautiful new friendships. The Bristal at Lynbrook is looking forward to returning the favor next month, when they will host their friends from Sayville.