LSMNJ Employee Appreciation Week at Crane’s Mill

Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey hailed its employees during the week of May 14-18, 2018.

The organization, known for compassionate, world-class healthcare, housing, and social welfare programs across the state, held a special week-long celebration to honor its caring staff.

Employees from all areas were honored, including nursing, dining, housekeeping, maintenance, community programming, social services, and administration.

Staff was elated as each day featured a crowd favorite, such as a barbecue lunch, interactive photo booth, and an ice cream truck!

Here are links to some highlights:

Employee Appreciation – Day 1 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 2 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 3 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 4 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Employee Appreciation – Day 5 – Lutheran Social Ministries at Crane’s Mill

Happy Mother’s Day from Crane’s Mill

It’s the second Sunday in May, and you can bet it’s the most colorful time of year for the Crane’s Mill concierge desk, as it’s replete with flower arrangements featuring springtime favorites moms everywhere.

A wild rose in bloom on the Crane's Mill campus.

A wild rose in bloom on the Crane’s Mill campus.

Mother’s Day, spelled in the singular possessive to ensure that each individual mother is celebrated, officially began as a national holiday in the U.S. in 1914, and is celebrated in countries around the world.

It’s a hugely popular holiday here at Crane’s Mill, with residents receiving gifts and cards all week long in advance of the big day.

In addition to flowers and candy, we’ve seen yummy fruit arrangements, house plants, and even gifts straight from Amazon and Macy’s.

How do you celebrate your mother, grandmother, or other special person on Mother’s Day? Click here to send us an email, and we will be sure to share your ideas right here on our blog.

We hope you have a happy, blessed day with your family.

WMTR AM – Classic Oldies Broadcasting Live from Crane’s Mill

Tune to WMTR AM (1250 AM or streaming online) on Tuesday, May 8 from 5:30 – 10:00 a.m. to hear a LIVE broadcast straight from Crane’s Mill!

The WMTR morning show will set up in the heart of Towne Square for a special “Nurses Week” broadcast including interviews with Crane’s Mill residents and staff. Of course, the station will be playing all the classic oldies you know and love, and providing the day’s traffic and weather.

Plus, the team will be playing games and handing out prizes all morning long!

Be sure to stream the show online, and follow the Crane’s Mill Facebook page for live updates throughout the morning!

Daughter Thanks Crane’s Mill for Mother’s Care

We recently received this letter from a daughter of a former resident, and are happy and proud to share with you here:

My mother lived at Crane’s Mill for almost 10 years, and had a wonderful experience there! She did the usual progression through the different levels of care– she started out in Independent Living for several years, where she made many friends and had an active social life. She moved to Assisted Living when she had an accident and her health started failing, and then did several stints in Skilled Nursing, following various hospitalizations. Once when she was in Skilled Nursing, she was so ill that Hospice was brought in, and even that was a good experience. The staff went above and beyond to try to revive her–incredibly, she pulled through and lived another 3 years! The quality of Crane’s Mill’s facility and staff, in all phases of care, was excellent. The nurses were always warm, caring, and upbeat, even when my mother put up a fuss over taking so many pills, or doing other things she didn’t want to do. The recreational services director did an amazing job of keeping the residents occupied, playing games, showing movies, singing, doing crafts, etc. The PT staff was also wonderful—so warm and encouraging, even in the face of failing physical abilities. Even the dining staff was friendly and caring! When my mother finally passed away last October at the age of 98, I was truly touched by the outpouring of sympathy by the staff. The Director of Community Relations even came to the wake, which meant so much to me. The staff truly tries their best to make life pleasant for the residents; they took exceptional care of my mother in her final years, for which I am truly grateful. Thank you, Crane’s Mill!

Carol D., New Jersey

Celebrating Earth Day

Today marks the 48th annual celebration of Earth Day!

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail lands for a visit to Crane's Mill.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail lands for a visit to Crane’s Mill.

It’s hard to believe this “new” holiday is approaching its golden anniversary. Started in 1970, Earth Day began as a day to “honor the Earth and the concept of peace.”

Today, the tradition continues as people gather to pay tribute to the planet, march for environmental causes, and gather for service projects like neighborhood cleanups.

At Crane’s Mill, we have a special place for Earth Day. Our campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and sits alongside an area of protected wetlands. That means two important things: 1., we’re done building, so all the open space you see is there to stay and 2., our residents get to enjoy a world-class, serene, natural location that provides plenty of room for all sorts of activities.

Some of the ways our residents enjoy their outdoor space include trail walking, bird watching, walks around the landscaped grounds, or simply enjoying the benches around the pond on the west side of campus.

In addition to nature, the campus features some man-made outdoor elements like our bocce court, gazebo, and al fresco dining patio.

On this Earth Day, we’re thankful for the natural beauty of our campus, its surrounding protected land, and the wildlife and plants we are blessed to enjoy all year round.

To see the campus for yourself, visit our contact page to schedule a tour. We would love to show you around.