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Keeping Busy in Sayville

Here in Sayville, we are taking full advantage of the jam-packed calendar of activities. Whether we feel like getting creative in painting and bead making, or just want to kick back in the cinema for an evening movie, we have it all here. We even have crochet lessons that are led by one of our residents. The summer may be coming to an end, but that certainly doesn’t mean we will be bored. Fortunately, we stay active all year long!

Testimonial from Dawn

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It’s been 4 days since Mom moved in:

The facility is gorgeous! Whenever I walk in the first word that comes to mind is “sunshine!”

Mom’s room, even though it’s the smallest, is clean and new and will work out great for her.

The food must be good because my mom isn’t complaining! I say this because it’s a night and day contrast to what she was experiencing in rehab. She needs to eat to regain her strength, so I am happy she is enjoying the meals.

The entire team at The Bristal Sayville made Mom feel welcome from Day 1, as did several residents- some of who live on the same floor as Mom- they promised me they would come by and they did- on the first day. Amazing! The residents all seem pretty happy and content, which gives me comfort too!

Mom is a level 6 care and so she still needs a lot of help to get her more independent. I am overly concerned and tend to call often, but the Wellness Team is patient/understanding and always happy to answer my questions.

I don’t know everyone who cares for mom but want to thank a few people already:

1. Leigh in maintenance- he has helped out with a few things since Mom moved in. Super kind and attentive.
2. Linda- she’s my go to RN, period!
3. Sarah- my other go to RN!
4. Geri- I once called her multiple times in a few hours and her response to me was the same: Bright, friendly and helpful. Thanks Geri!
5. Isaiah- dining room- he knows the residents by name and is super friendly and attentive. He knew mom’s name on day 1!
6. Rocco- front desk- mom had to go to the ER on Saturday night (May 12) and we didn’t get back to the Bristal till 4 AM on Sunday (Mother’s Day). I called Rocco and asked him if he could get mom’s wheelchair and bring it into the lobby. He may say he is just doing his job but to me, it was a reminder of the above and beyond attitude/commitment of everyone at The Bristal Sayville to their residents.

I know there will be other people to recognize but right now these are my standouts for the first few days.

While Mom has a very hard time with her recovery and multiple moves since her accident in February, I have hope that by God’s Grace and through The Bristal, mom will her get back to her old self. I saw a spark of light yesterday on Mother’s Day. She laughed more than she has in months. I pray positive changes continue for her.

Thanks again to you and The Bristal Sayville Family for making Mom feel so welcome. Take good care of her while I am in Colorado. She is my precious cargo!


Testimonial from John D. White

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

To the management and staff of The Bristal
129 Lakeland Avenue
Sayville, NY 11782

This is my second unsolicited letter of thanks to all of you who do such a great job. Twice a week I visited a friend (since 1962), Robert Barrett, who lived several months in Reflections 151. As stated before, I remain in awe of the kind, thoughtful support that you extended to my treasured friend – from the warm greeting by Geri and Pam in the reception desk when I signed in, until I left. Brian, Dan, Patrice, Andrew, and all the other staffers in Reflections made Robert’s time with you a true blessing. During his recent and rapid health decline, he was eager to leave the hospital or nursing home to return to his beloved Bristal. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the focused care Brian gave him, especially the many ways he gave spiritual support. Please convey my gratitude and best wishes to the caregivers in Reflections for the thoughtful attention you gave to my friend.

Your beautiful grounds and clean, attractive interior décor are first-class. I am impressed by the thoughtful selection of music one hears in the corridors and meeting rooms. The mental and physical activities for the residents keep their minds and spirits active.

Each time I stepped into Reflections, I could be sure the first person I encountered would know Robert and where he was; most of all, I sensed that he or she truly cared about his happiness and health. When consultant Dan Monahan suggested moving Robert to The Bristal, I trusted him but had no idea what a lovely place Robert would be moving to. Please feel free to pass along my recommendation to the staff and anyone else who would benefit.


John D. White

Nancy’s 100th Birthday in Sayville

Today in Sayville, we celebrated resident Nancy Walter’s 100th birthday! Friends and family gathered for a beautiful afternoon honoring Nancy. “A glass of prune juice every morning and a young man every night,” she jokes, is her secret to making it to the age of 100. Her amazing sense of humor is admirable as is her outlook on life. “Be happy, that’s the main thing. Always smile, be good to people,” Nancy shares. Thank you Nancy, for shining your positive energy upon our community, and Happy 100th Birthday!

High Tea Luncheon with Sayville and West Babylon

West Babylon hosted a special high tea luncheon this afternoon. The Women’s Club from The Bristal at Sayville visited West Babylon for an afternoon filled with story telling, a beautiful lunch, and of course new friends! Residents in West Babylon are so excited to plan a trip over to Sayville next to explore their side of town.


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,

‘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.