Lutheran Social Ministries and Crane’s Mill Attend LeadingAge Conference

Key team members from Crane’s Mill Retirement Community and our parent organization Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey are in Nashville for the annual LeadingAge convention!

LeadingAge, a group consisting of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations whose mission is to expand the possibilities of aging, holds an annual conference to bring together and educate its members on the latest trends, opportunities, and challenges in services for older adults.

This year’s convention is titled Redefining Age, with a focus on the changing needs of the individual. As members of Leading Age, the team at LSMNJ and Crane’s Mill are excited to be a part of the conference to share ideas, learn new strategies, and continue to grow both personally and professionally.

Pictured Left to Right: Susan Knapp, System Director; Ginny Mulfino, Executive Director, Healthcare and Quality Assurance; Beth Eichfeld, Vice President & Executive Director, Lutheran Crossings; Beth Sparling, Vice President and Executive Director, Crane's Mill

The Wellness Center

Crane’s Mill residents enjoy the convenience and peace of mind of having the wellness center just a short, indoor walk from their apartment.

A Crane's Mill resident visits the Wellness Center

You may already know that our medical director, Dr. Pradip Shah, and wellness director, Cindy Lin, both have offices in our Wellness Center. But did you know that an array of other visiting doctors and services utilize the wellness office on a weekly basis?

We frequently have podiatrists, chiropractors, gastroenterologists, and making use of the office for our independent living and health center residents.

Plus, if a resident has a prescription for lab work, they can have their blood drawn right at the wellness office. Instead of waking up in the morning and driving to a lab after an evening of fasting, our residents can take the indoor walk to the wellness center, have their blood drawn, and stroll over to the Heartwood Cafe for breakfast. Now that’s convenient!

For more about the Wellness Center and other Crane’s Mill services available to our residents, click here to send us an email or call 973-276-6700.

The Millstream: Our Resident Activities Calendar is Online

The Millstream is updated each month with an array of resident activities, trips, programs, and more.

Many Crane's Mill residents are patrons of the arts

This month, there are countless activities in the Millstream calendar—truly something for everyone!

This week, patrons of the arts (we have many at Crane’s Mill) are in their glory. Yesterday, the Harmonium Choral Society performed to a packed house right on campus in Hinman Hall. Tomorrow, our residents take a trip to enjoy Sophie Tucker – Last of the Red Hot Mamas at the Bickford Theatre, then on Friday, a trip to the Westchester Broadway Theatre, and Saturday afternoon features a jaunt to the Paper Mill Playhouse for Cole Porter’s “Can-Can.”

Talk about reasons to smile—on top of having the whole trip coordinated down to the last detail by our activities director, the transportation to and from is always included! In fact, any time you’re on a Crane’s Mill bus or van, transportation is always included.

Be sure to check out the Millstream calendar for yourself by clicking here. What are your favorites this month? Click here to send us an email to let us know—we’d love to hear from you!

Millstream October 2014

Crane’s Mill Welcomes New Executive Chef

Chef Arthur Marston has been named new Executive Chef of Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, NJ.

Chef Arthur Marston in action at our annual Fall Festival

A Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Administrator by the American Culinary Federation, Chef Arthur brings with him a wide range of experience and a fresh outlook on menu creation.

“I’m thrilled to join the team here at Crane’s Mill. It’s a premier property in the industry,” says Marston, who resides in Pompton Lakes with his wife, Aimee, and their two-year-old son, Noah.

“My goal for the Crane’s Mill menu is a balance of homestyle comfort food and modern haute cuisine,” explains Marston. “We’ll achieve this through fresh, local products and produce that are delicious, healthful, and sustainable.”

Execution is key, and Chef Arthur is a natural mentor. “I enjoy coaching and training my staff on proper technique, honing their skills, and bringing their abilities to the forefront so they may execute each dish the proper way.”

The result translates to a better end product for the residents. “When a meal is prepared and presented properly, the resident can both see and taste the difference. The cook can then use those learned skills and apply them to the next dish, therefore creating a better, more well-rounded staff that consistently produces high quality finished plates for our residents.”

Crane’s Mill is a continuing care retirement community located on 48 acres in West Caldwell, New Jersey. A part of Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, Crane’s Mill offers independent living apartments and cottages with the promise of excellent healthcare for the future. For more information, call 973-276-6700 or visit