There’s goes that Crane’s Mill bus again…

Transportation is one of many services & amenities included at Crane’s Mill—an Essex County, New Jersey senior living community.

The Crane’s Mill Bus ready to roll

People see it everywhere … around town and beyond. It’s the Crane’s Mill bus! A friendly driver and our happy residents are on board, buzzing around for errands or just for fun. Make sure to wave next time you see them go by!

You might see residents on the Crane’s Mil bus heading to food shopping, pharmacies, malls, movie theaters, museums, New York City … the list is endless! With transportation fully included, our residents realize it’s the best way to get to where they need to go.

In addition to fun excursions, scheduling a trip for a doctor’s appointment is a breeze. Once a resident has an appointment set, they simply call down to our transportation department with the time and date, and can rest assured in knowing that the Crane’s Mill mini-van will be there to pick them them up at Towne Square, drive them to the appointment, and take them home when they’re finished.

For more on transportation, please call 973-276-6700.

Making the Right Move for You

Considering a move to a retirement community? Make sure they have a skilled nursing facility on-hand.

A closer look the Skilled Nursing Unit in the Crane’s Mill Health Center

We talk quite a bit about the luxurious apartments and cottages, the beauty of the natural wildlife surrounding our campus, and of course the wonderful hotel-like services and amenities. Plus the delicious food, indoor pool and gym, friendly staff and more.

All of those items are very important when choosing a retirement community. You want to make sure you’re in a place that fits your personality, needs and wants. You’re moving because you want a wonderful lifestyle.

But you’re also making this move to secure your future, and should you have a fall or other medical occurrence, chances are you will need to spend some time in rehabilitation before returning to your apartment or cottage. This is the case for people of all ages, and of course becomes increasingly important as we age.

So make sure to ask the question “Does this community have a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center on-site?” If not, you may need to move again should you need skilled nursing or rehabilitative care.

An independent living resident receives rehabilitative care.

Should you find yourself in the hospital, you need to make a decision as to where you will get your care. Typically you choose from a list of area facilities without the benefit of exploring the facility in-person or doing the proper research to ensure they provide the great care you need.

At Crane’s Mill, we have a 24-hour skilled nursing and rehab department in our health center. If a Crane’s Mill resident is in a position to need this high level of care, the choice has been made in advance as to where they will spend their time in rehabilitation. They likely even know the staff, residents and neighbors. And they certainly know they will receive the top-notch care that Crane’s Mill provides. You can click here to find out more details on this specialized area of our community.

Empower Yourself: Tips to Fight Back Against “Senior Scammers”

Scams targeting seniors are a persistent problem. Here’s more about how and your loved ones can fight back.

Whether in the newspaper, on TV, or from a friend, it seems we’ve all heard stories of senior scammers in search of personal identity details and, ultimately, money. Typical tales may include a foreign prince, a large inheritance or lottery winnings. But not all scams fit the usual mold, and even the brightest of us can fall prey.

Keep your personal information safe and secure.

Emily Lutz, Certified Professional Daily Money Manager from Liberty Paperwork Solutions, paid a visit to Crane’s Mill and shared her expertise on the subject of senior scams. Emily provided an enlightening presentation, and members of the audience shared personal experiences in this eye-opening session.

The Crane’s Mill Courier was on hand, and we’re happy to share some of Emily’s tips with you:

In 2012, 12,600,000 scams were reported in the US alone. A startling 50% of those were perpetrated agains senior citizens.

Scammers target seniors for a number of reasons including that they are usually home alone, and may be more friendly towards strangers than other age groups. They may seek to obtain a person’s bank information, credit card number, Social Security Number, pin number or account passwords.

Scammers tend to operate through four main channels: on the phone, in the mail, on the computer and in person. Here are some tips sot keep you well-equipped to defend yourself and your loved ones.

On the phone, seniors may find themselves in the position of “having to make a quick decision.” This is what the scammer wants, a situation in which their target needs to act quickly to avoid consequences.

Emily shared this jarring example of a phone scam: a person claiming to be from the county sheriff’s office calls, asserting that you, John Smith, haven’t responded to multiple jury duty summonses. They’re coming to pick you up. Unless, of course, they have the wrong “John Smith”, which you can prove to them over the phone by sharing your Social Security Number.

Other popular phone scams include urgent calls from utility companies needing prompt payment or family members in danger needing money wired immediately. Again, the consistent factor is urgency—the person needs you to make a quick decision. To avoid falling victim, ask the person for their information and let them know you will call back. Then do some research by asking friends or family members about the situation.

If all else fails, simply hang up. If it is something truly important, they will call back.

In the mail, you may find a number of official-looking correspondences that are, in fact, simply pieces of junk mail. Examples may include sweepstakes winnings or other urgent notices. A great way to I.D. these suspect mailings is to show a friend, neighbor or family member.

Another important tip from Emily regarding the mail: be sure to shred or tear documents containing your personal information before discarding.

On the computer, it is important to be cautious when opening emails. If you see something that looks suspicious, the best course of action is not to open the email or click on any links included within.

In person, someone may come to your door asking for a donation. Even if their cause seems legitimate, it’s always best to ask for literature that you can review. That way, you can take a look at the material at your leisure and make an informed decision. Again, if you suspect something is amiss, reach out to a family member or friend and ask for their help.

Emily discussed another example involving a contractor knocking on a person’s door to alert them of a needed repair. The person claims they can care of it “quickly and cheaply” but it’s something that needs to be done that very day. In a case such as this, if they are a legitimate contractor and there is a legitimate need for a home repair, they will leave their information along with a list of references. Be sure to get a second opinion from someone you trust and contact the company’s references prior to moving forward.


For more information on different scams and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones, you can visit this page on the FBI website.

Crane’s Mill Health Center: Assisted Living, Memory Support, Skilled Nursing, and Sub-Acute Rehab

Staying active as we age is paramount to leading fulfilling lives. Sometimes as we get older, we start to need some help maintaining the lifestyle we desire. That’s where the Crane’s Mill Health Center shines.

Our Health Center consists of four levels of care:
Assisted Living – a collection of studio apartments providing an elegant lifestyle with supportive care for our activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, and going to meals.
Memory Support – a secure area of our community with specialized staff and programming specifically designed for those with memory impairment.
Skilled Nursing – for both short- and long-term, round-the-clock senior healthcare.
Sub-Acute Rehab – short-term rehabilitation for those needed physical, occupational, speech, swallowing therapies and so much more.

Interested in learning more? Call us at 973-276-3016 or click here to send us an email to schedule a tour. In the meantime, please enjoy our video tour of the health center:

The Crane’s Mill Flexible Meal Plan – Here’s How it Works

We get a lot of questions about the outstanding dining experience here at Crane’s Mill, many of which concern how our meal plan fits in to our residents’ monthly fees.

Dig in to the info below—it should provide you with a solid overview of how the plan works. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us via email at

  • The Crane’s Mill Flexible Meal Plan is designed to give residents an array of choices in how and when they dine in the community.
  • Each resident has the flexibility to choose to eat more than one meal per day, or space out their use of flex dollars as they please.
  • Every 3 months, each resident receives a set amount of flex dollars to spend as they wish.
  • The amount is enough to purchase up to a five-course, restaurant-style dinner every night in the Candleberry Dining Room.
  • All 3 meals are available a la carte in the Heartwood Cafe. Meals are served cafeteria-style and vary in pricing.
  • Residents can also spend flex dollars in the Corner Market grocery store.
  • Flex dollars carry over from month-to-month, but do not carry over to the next quarter.
  • Should a resident spend more than the allotted amount in a given quarter, the resident is billed for what they owe on their monthly statement.
  • If a resident leaves the community for more than 30 days, the resident will receive a meal credits on their next bill.