The Bristal at White Plains Blog

Valentine’s Day in White Plains

Here in White Plains, Valentine’s Day was all about spending time with those we love. Everyone wore their pink or red in honor of the holiday, and friends and family came to visit. We had a special ‘heart to heart’ dinner, followed by a magical musical evening with David Podles, who played all of our favorite love songs. While we danced, everyone enjoyed chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Everyone had a wonderful time!

Testimonial from Doris and Dan Mast

Dear Maryellen,

We have met only once – and that was quite a while ago – and now I just feel that it is time for me to pass on to you our feelings about The Bristal in White Plains.

My wife Doris and I joined The Bristal community in November 2014.

At that time and for many months later we were both still concerned about making this very important decision.

Our son Richard visited many assisted living facilities in this area and it was he who felt after a very careful study that The Bristal in White Plains is the one place where we would be happy, healthy and safe.

It is true that our way of life has dramatically changed, but we can both honestly now say – it was the “right move.”

White Plains at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Residents and staff from The Bristal at White Plains headed out to the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at White Plains High School. The Alzheimer’s Association holds this walk each year to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The Bristal makes efforts to help raise funds, and then participates in the walk. We had a gorgeous day to get outside and support such a great cause.

Memorial Day BBQ in White Plains

We got together on Memorial Day to enjoy a relaxing indoor/outdoor barbecue. Many of us were joined by family and friends. Even though it is the unofficial kickoff to summer, no one forgot just what Memorial Day truly means to this country. We remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could continue to enjoy our freedom.

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.

Holiday Dinner in White Plains

Residents and staff all had a wonderful time at our annual Holiday Dinner here in White Plains. We enjoyed a special meal, followed by an amazing spread of delicious desserts! Throughout the evening, we shared many laughs and smiles. It was a perfect evening spent with friends. Happy holidays from all of us here in White Plains.

Veterans Day in White Plains

On Veterans Day here in White Plains, we honored all of the residents who served in the military. In the morning, we had a flag raising ceremony with bugler Paul Persichette of Bugles Across America. In the lobby, we proudly displayed photos and memorabilia that the residents provided. Later in the afternoon, we held a gathering in the bistro that we called Honoring Our Veterans Ceremony & Certificate Program. Staff Sargent William Segel of the United States Army joined us for the ceremony. It was a wonderful way to honor all of our Veterans, and thank them for their service.

Remembering 9/11 in White Plains

This year on 9/11, volunteers from The Bristal at White Plains Helping Hands joined in on a project called 9/11: Serve & Remember, put together by Volunteer New York! Residents headed down to The Westchester County Center and joined other members of the community to make thank you cards to honor those lost during the tragic events of September 11th. Over the three day event, all the volunteers created over 1,000 hand made cards for soldiers, veterans and first responders.

Art Class with Resident Mattie Abler in White Plains

Here in White Plains, we are lucky to have an artist, Mattie Abler, who loves sharing her passion for the arts with others. Mattie led a still life art class for her fellow residents. They worked with watercolor pastels and brushes to create different effects. Everyone had such a nice time, they’re hoping to get together again soon for another class!

White Plains Summer Formal

Here in White Plains, we enjoyed a wonderful summer formal dance. We all got dressed up – as fancy as we wanted to get – and spent the afternoon eating, mingling and dancing. The room was elegantly decorated, and we dined on appetizers, cheese and crackers, and delicious desserts. Live entertainment from Lee Perry Gross had us all up and dancing the afternoon away. The summer formal was so much fun, we’d like to have one to celebrate every season!