You’re Invited – Summer Lecture Series at Crane’s Mill

Visit Crane’s Mill for our special Summer Lecture Series!

All programs begin at 1:30 p.m.
RSVP for one or all by calling 973-276-3070 or click here to send an email.

Part 1: Wednesday, June 15. Presented by Dr. Jonathan Rose. Today the mass media is trusted by just 40 percent of Americans—and only 11 percent of those aged 18 to 24. Newspapers, newsmagazines, and network news broadcasts are dying. Younger readers especially get their news by scanning a host of blogs and websites, all of which offer very different versions of reality, none of which carry any real authority. Jonathan Rose, an expert in the history of reading, shows that this skepticism is not new: in fact it is much older than newspapers themselves. He explains why readers throughout history have distrusted what they read, and he traces denunciations of what we now call the “lamestream media” all the way back to Socrates.

Part 2: Wednesday, July 20. Even though New Jersey is one of the smallest states, it’s packed with tons of history. This class will examine some of the sites and events that put our state on the map. From deserted villages, a castle, the country’s oldest seaside hotel, canals, railroads, America’s first coast-to-coast highway, and “the trial of the century,” our little state has made its mark.

Part 3: Wednesday, August 24. An uncle and a niece, Solomon and Peggy Guggenheim separately began collecting “modern” art in the mid-twentieth century and wound up changing the art world forever. They not only each established museums, they created the first artistic “brand.” Today cities all over the world want to replicate the “miracle of Bilbao” and have their very own Guggenheim. Come learn their incredible story.

Crane’s Mill Health Center Receives 5-Star Rating

Searching for a healthcare facility that provides five-star care in skilled nursing and sub-acute rehab just became easier for residents of the West Essex area.

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded this highest rating, Five-Star, to the skilled nursing and sub-acute rehab units of the Crane’s Mill Health Center, located in West Caldwell.

CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help individuals, families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily, and to identify key areas related to the quality of care. Key areas include: recent health inspections, staffing ratios, and quality measures, which encompass 11 essential areas. Those facilities that have achieved a 5-star rating are considered to deliver a quality of care significantly above average.

The Crane’s Mill Health Center consists of 132 beds, 66 of which are designated to provide skilled nursing and sub-acute care. The sub-acute rehab area of Crane’s Mill accepts direct admissions from hospitals and medical centers for Medicare beneficiaries who require short-term care. The patient does not have to live at Crane’s Mill. The remaining beds are assigned to studio apartments in the assisted living and memory care units of the Crane’s Mill Health Center.

According to Mercy Gonzales, RN, CDP, CALA, LNHA, Administrator, “Achieving a Five-Star Quality Rating is the goal of every long-term nursing facility. This award is the result of incredible teamwork from all our various areas, including admissions, rehab, nursing, housekeeping, dietary, recreation, and all ancillary areas.  I’m so proud to head up this incredible team.”

May is Older Americans Month

We’re celebrating all month long here at Crane’s Mill!

For starters, we thought it might be nice to learn a little more about the month, and how it came to be. We started with this from the Older Americans Month website:

May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American’s Month (OAM), acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation. The 2016 OAM theme is Blaze a Trail. The Administration for Community Living will use this opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. We will also highlight the ways that older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities.

Learn more about Older Americans Month by visiting the official website. There, you’ll find resources on finances, wellness, and more. Plus, there are all sorts of materials for you and your friends, neighbors, and family members to get involved in spreading the word!

Families Should Be Proactive When Considering Senior Living Options

Have you read our very own Barbara Davey’s Q&A piece from a recent edition of the Star-Ledger?

Residents enjoying a chat in Towne Square.

Residents enjoying a chat in Towne Square.

You can access the piece here, and be sure to check back and let us know your thoughts!

Barbara chats with readers about independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, and more! As our very own “hospital lady,” Barbara’s expertise comes from over 25 years of working in the industry. We think you’ll find she is a valuable resource.

Click here to visit the article, then be sure to click here to send us an email to discuss.