The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake Blog

Grandparents Day in Woodcliff Lake

On Grandparents Day this year, we invited families to join us for a day of fun! We gathered in the Bistro and enjoyed entertainment from Ray and Nancy of As Time Goes By. They had some extra special activities for the kids who joined us that day. Everyone had a wonderful time, and truly enjoyed spending time with family and making memories with grandchildren.

Woodcliff Lake Residents Visit Asbury Park

Residents from Woodcliff Lake headed out to enjoy a gorgeous day at the Asbury Park boardwalk. Everyone enjoyed a full day of strolling and shopping along the Jersey Shore. We stopped for lunch – and dined al fresco, of course – truly making the most of the gorgeous weather! The candy store was one of our favorite stops, where we each found a little sweet treat to take home and enjoy. We look forward to spending more beautiful summer days down at the shore.


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

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

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

Our Giving Thanks Event in Woodcliff Lake

As a way to say thank you to the surrounding community for their continued support, The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake held a Giving Thanks Event. Residents and staff welcomed folks from around the Woodcliff Lake area to join us for a delicious buffet and some live music. Especially in this season of giving thanks, it made us all feel good to show our appreciation to all of those in the local area. Happy Thanksgiving!

Veterans Day in Woodcliff Lake

The Bristal at Woodcliff Lake celebrated Veterans Day by honoring a group of 20 of our residents who served in the military. Local politicians joined the ceremony, including Woodcliff Lake Council President Carlos Rendo, State Senator Gerry Cardinale and State Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi. After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a live jazz and swing performance by Cait and the Critters. It was a wonderful way to honor our veterans on Veterans Day.

Woodcliff Lake Reflections Residents Enjoy a Trip to the Park

We are making the most of the beautiful weather as summer draws to a close. Residents from Reflections memory care neighborhood in Woodcliff Lake headed out to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine at a local park. After our stroll, we enjoyed some ice cream as we relaxed on the benches. Soon we’ll be sipping hot cocoa instead, but we are certainly enjoying the outdoors while we can!

Summer Games in Woodcliff Lake Reflections

We have been making the most of the gorgeous weather here in Woodcliff Lake. Reflections residents spent a sunny summer day outdoors reminiscing about summer games. We did a water balloon toss out on the patio, and as you can see, everyone was all smiles. We hope you are enjoying the summer as much as we are!

Hawaiian Luau in Woodcliff Lake

Everyone had a wonderful time at our Hawaiian Luau here in Woodcliff Lake. We enjoyed an interactive performance from authentic Hawaiian dancers. They even taught us some Hawaiian words!

Testimonial: I am a friend or relative of a resident at Woodcliff Lake

February 26, 2015

Woodcliff Lake Testimonial

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Every day The Bristal has something like sing-alongs, arts and crafts, dance, and therapy. They have socials where it could be just a specific people together for ice cream social or they have a hot chocolate social. They have arts shows, and people come in to play the piano. It is a wonderful community. Every day there is something going on. They have movies at 2 and at 7 so it is wonderful. The place is spotless and beautiful. It is brand new — maybe about a year and a half or 2 years old. Everything is still brand new, but if something breaks down or something is not going right, the maintenance people are there right away. My mother has called a few times, and they’ve been so good and kind to her. They fix things right away. The staff is lovely. They are very helpful and very friendly. They know every one of the residents by name. They have a lot of help. Just recently when it snowed and the people slept over, they had accommodations for their staff. There are always people there to help, and that made me feel good. They serve three meals a day, and the three meals are like gourmet meals. They have like five choices all the time at lunch and dinner. They have salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, and hot dogs if you want to choose that. It is really lovely. My mother keeps saying that you couldn’t have picked a better place. It took her a month and a half to adjust, and she wasn’t that happy in the first month, but once she started making friends, it was OK.

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Woodcliff Lake Residents Attend a Jackals Baseball Game

Residents from Woodcliff Lake enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the ball park. The New Jersey Jackals baseball team plays at a minor league stadium nearby. It’s so wonderful that we can just hop on The Bristal Bus and get to a game when the weather is nice. One of the residents used to work at the Yogi Berra museum, and some of his old co-workers met us down in the ball park to say hello and catch up! The Jackals mascot even joined us for a few photos. We all had a great time.

Testimonial: Very nice place! (5 / 5 Stars)

May 2015

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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My loved one is doing very well here, we’re very pleased with how things are going at The Bristal! The entire experience has been very pleasant. The staff are wonderful, the facility is well kept and clean, and they do a great job looking after the people who live here. Really my only complaint is that they have assigned seating in the dining room, which seems a little silly for adults, but I suppose they have their reasons.

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Making Matzah in Woodcliff Lake

Residents from Woodcliff Lake learned how to make homemade matzah. Rabbi Moshe Grossbaum stopped by and explained not only the history, but how to make the Matzah dough – from scratch! We all took our time rolling out our pieces. Then after they were baked, we enjoyed them as a snack.