Prepared. Experienced. Committed.
Throughout this time, maintaining the health and safety of our residents and staff has been our top priority. From visitation to vaccination, The Bristal remains committed to the safety measures that we have put into place which are designed to help protect our residents, their families, and our team members.
The information detailed below may be edited or changed at any time as the COVID-19 situation changes and/or recommendations are updated by local, state, and federal health authorities. Always refer to this page for the most current date and time stamped information.
Last updated: 01/12/2021 14:42EST
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
We are pleased to announce that the first COVID-19 vaccination clinic will begin in early January 2021 for residents and staff at The Bristal. Each of The Bristal communities is receiving the vaccine through contracted pharmacy partners like CVS and Walgreens. The clinic dates and times are set by the pharmacies: three clinics per community, each clinic set three weeks apart. This will allow for existing residents, new residents, and staff to receive the first dose, then receive the required second dose three weeks after.
Each community has its own vaccination schedule, and the dates are subject to change should the administering pharmacy reschedule. Here is a closer look at how the vaccination clinics will work:
- First Vaccination Clinic
This will occur at the date and time set by the contracted pharmacy. All residents and staff will be offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Second Vaccination Clinic
This clinic will be set for three weeks after the first clinic. Residents and staff who received their first dose of the vaccine at the first clinic will be able to receive their second dose during this visit. Additionally, anyone who did not receive the first dose at the first clinic may receive their first dose at this time. This means that if The Bristal welcomes new residents, they will be able to receive their first dose of the vaccine right in their new home.
- Third Vaccination Clinic
This date for this final clinic will be set for three weeks after the second vaccination clinic. Residents and staff members who were given their first dose of the vaccine at the second clinic will receive their second dose of the vaccine at this time.
If you are a resident or a potential new resident interested in learning more about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at one of The Bristal communities, please contact us today for more information or for details on the required consent forms. We’re so glad to be bringing the COVID-19 vaccine to our residents and staff, and we’re hopeful for a bright future ahead!
Community Safety Protocols & Procedures
The Bristal is – and always has been – committed to the health and well-being of the residents in our care. The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a new set of challenges, but our team was at the ready to adapt to new circumstances while still providing a great experience for residents at The Bristal.
Today, we continue to follow all protocols and procedures as directed by the federal, state and local health authorities. In many cases, we’re going above and beyond those guidelines with our own policies here at The Bristal. Below you’ll find just some of the ways we’re still working to help protect residents, staff, and their families alike:
- Everyone who lives or works at The Bristal is being monitored daily for signs or symptoms of illness, including temperature checks.
- Masks are a must in all common areas except if you are seated while eating or drinking. We’ve installed Plexiglas dividers on our dining tables as an added precaution.
- Activities and meals are being scheduled with social distancing in mind. Group sizes are being kept small and spaced out, and more meal times have been added to allow for more distance while dining.
- Staff members are being tested regularly for COVID-19 in accordance with state mandates. This includes essential outside healthcare personnel like visiting physicians, home healthcare nurses, physical therapists, lab and x-ray technicians, and private duty aides.
- Staff is adequately supplied with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), hand soap, and hand sanitizers to help reduce the risk of spread.
- We continue to follow infection control guidelines including frequent cleaning of all high touch areas with EPA registered disinfectants. For heightened cleaning purposes, we have electrostatic sprayers in all locations, and we are installing iWave-R ionization units to help purify the air.
- Hand sanitizing products are available throughout the communities as a supplement to regular and frequent handwashing.
- We are providing ongoing in-services to keep everyone up-to-date on protocol and best practices, and offer continuous information and education to help everyone stay happy and healthy while at work or at home.
We know how important family is, and staying connected with your loved ones is as important as ever. The Bristal Assisted Living communities are all licensed by the State Department of Health. Both the New York State and New Jersey State Departments of Health are allowing visitation under specified guidelines.
In communities where visitation is permitted, all visitors are subject to a health screening, and must adhere to all safety protocols while on the premises – including wearing a mask at all times. Regardless of visitation status, we are still encouraging everyone to continue to communicate via phone calls, FaceTime, Skype, video chat, text and email. Please contact your community if you would like assistance scheduling a virtual session with your loved one – we’re always here to help! Here are the most current mandates regarding visitation:
- New York Communities of The Bristal:
The New York State Department of Health is allowing limited visitation. In order to permit visitors, the community must have no new confirmed staff or resident COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days, therefore, the visitation schedule is always subject to change. You may contact one of the New York communities to inquire about current visitation status, setting up an appointment, and getting details on our consent form and visitation guidelines (which can also be viewed here).
- New Jersey Communities of The Bristal:
The New Jersey Department of Health issued an Executive Directive outlining a phased opening strategy and criteria for long-term care facilities, which includes The Bristal Assisted Living. This sets guidelines for resuming services such as hair salon appointments, indoor visitation, dining, and recreational activities. We are working toward each of our New Jersey communities meeting the criteria for each of the 4 phases and are submitting attestation to the Department of Health for review. As we receive approvals, we will move through the phases of resuming services. You may contact any one of our New Jersey communities to inquire regarding the status of that particular community. Please note that per the Executive Directive, if an outbreak should occur (which is defined in New Jersey as one resident or two staff members within 14 days), the community will return to Phase 0 regardless of the state’s current phase. You can find a copy of our outbreak policy here.
The Bristal continues to closely monitor all guidelines and directives set forth by the federal, state and local health authorities. The staff within each community continues to go above and beyond each day to ensure that our residents continue to experience the finest in senior living.
We’ll continue to update this webpage as more information becomes available or as the mandates evolve over time. We will remain committed to the health and safety of residents, their families as well as our staff. Below you will find some additional tools and resources:
- In The Spotlight
You can see what we have been up to at our communities here: thebristal.com/spotlight
- Connections Corner
We have set up a page where family and friends can send a message to staff or residents at our communities while we remain socially distant: thebristal.com/connectionscorner
- Updates from the State
For all of the latest updates from New York and New Jersey, current information can be found here: coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home or covid19.nj.gov/