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Best Assisted Living on Long Island

by Best Of Long Island on January 5, 2010

Deciding when to find an assisted living facility for the senior member of the family can be hard enough. Finding a place that won’t make that decision a regrettable one shouldn’t be. Avoid a potential senior housing misstep and go straight to the best assisted Living on Long Island, as chosen by our readers.

Gurwin Jewish – Fay J. Linder Residences in Commack Won Best Assisted Living on Long Island!

Gurwin Jewish – Fay J. Linder Residences
50 Hauppauge Rd.

There are plenty of stereotypes pertaining to assisted living homes. But despite what Happy Gilmore claims, sending a family member to live in one doesn’t actually confine them to a life of making quilts for Ben Stiller. Gurwin Jewish residences sits on a 47-acre plot of land and has amenities you’d only dream of having at home—an outdoor Olympic-sized pool, manicured gardens, a theater and concert program, free membership to the Suffolk Y JCC—and a huge group of people to enjoy them with.

Gurwin Jewish – Fay J. Linder Residences

2nd Place – The Bristal Assisted Living
Multiple locations.

The Bristal Assisted Living desire is to preserve personal freedom and the wisdom to embrace assistance. All residents find the attentive care and compassion they need to make the most of every day. They enhance life for their residents and offer spacious apartments. The Bristal Assisted Living is safe, worry-free and a wonderful social alternative to living alone or in a nursing home.

3rd Place – Atria Glen Cove
146 Glen St., Glen Cove. 516-671-7008.

Atria Senior Living provides resident with programs that may reduce cognitive decline. With moderate exercise during midlife or late life, individuals are less likely to suffer from mild cognitive impairment. They aim to make meaningful activities an option for all of their residents.  They want their residents to enjoy fun, fulfilling programs that encourage brain and body health.

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Richard Catapano August 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I ate at the Bristal of Massapequa and the food was delcious. They were serving Prime Rib and Rack of Lamb! Better then most 5 star restaurants.


Pat Gustaffsen August 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm

My mother has been a resident at The Bristal of Massapequa for 1 1/2 years & she loves it. She considers it her home. All of the staff are very friendly & they do an excellent job to be sure every resident is well taken care of. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I don’t have to worry about her. I couldn’t have found a better place.


maria leonardo August 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

The Bristal at Massapequa along with all the Bristals have earned their reputation. The difference in this community from others like it, is that they empower their residents. The Bristal philosophy maintains that seniors still have the highest quality of life. Even though it is assisted, people who live at the Bristal are not institutionalized, they are living life.


tom keegan January 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm

My mom has been at McPeak’s and I can only say if it did not win it is because they have a small enough population that allows them to be the best – albeit not the biggest. I can say this with reasonable confidence since HER mom was there well into her 90′s. No one could be happier in an assisted living facility than my Nana – that is until my mom moved in 30 years later!


Linda Prentiss May 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

My grandmother was there too. I agree completely that McPeak’s should have won!


Patty Oehrlein November 15, 2011 at 7:56 am

My mom lives at the Bristal in East Northport since it opened, it is their newest facility and i had high hopes after visiting Massapequa. They are struggling with high staff turnover and problems. There have been 5 different directors in her Alzheimers unit, and new staff each week, not good when our parents need familiar faces . Multiple mediction errors and lack of supervision has been commen. My advice is to look for established facilities that have a proven record. Our experience has been less than favorable at this location.


Patricia May 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Hi Patty,
My family has had a very disappointing experience as well at The Bristal in Massapequa with medication mismanagement, charging for services not provided, etc. We had to terminate our father’s residency after they sent him to the hospital with a DNR. I hope your experience has improved.
Kind regards,


Patricia May 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

My family has had a similar experience at The Bristal at Massapequa as The Oehrleins had at The Bristal in East Northport. There has been a tremendous amount of staff turnover and medication management problems. The Wellness Director, a licensed nurse, sent my father to the hospital with a “Do Not Resuscitate” when he does not have a DNR. The Bristal also tried to send my mother to the hospital against her and her health care proxy’s wishes when it was not necessary. Think twice before considering The Bristal especially if diabetes is involved.


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