Home Maintenance—Completely Taken Care Of For Crane’s Mill Residents (Smiles Included!)

Did you know that Crane’s Mill residents enjoy full maintenance services included in their monthly fee? Everything from hanging photos and changing lightbulbs to repairing and replacing appliances is our responsibility.

A Crane's Mill maintenance staffer works with a resident to hang a picture.

A Crane’s Mill maintenance staffer works with a resident to hang a picture.

Picture this scenario: your dishwasher stops working. Not being an appliance expert, you have no idea why it’s ceased operation, so you call a repair company or the manufacturer, schedule a visit, and usually with a few days or a few weeks (and sometime between 9 and 1, or 1 and 5, or 9 and 5!) the person comes, fixes the problem, and sends you a bill. OR they take a look and advise that it would be cheaper to replace the unit, and you head to the store to order a new one. All the while, you’re washing dishes by hand.

Now, picture the same scenario, but you’re a Crane’s Mill resident: your dishwasher stops working. You call the concierge, they alert maintenance, and usually that same day someone is there to fix the appliance. If our staff can’t fix it, they’ll replace it, free of charge.

This of course goes for more than just appliances. Our team changes light bulbs in ceiling fixtures, hangs your art and mirrors upon your move to the community, fixes plumbing issues, and so much more. You name it, they’ll fix it (or replace it), and there’s never an additional charge.

Want to check out Crane’s Mill for yourself? Call us at 973-276-6700 to schedule a tour or visit our Contact Us page to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

Technology 101 for Seniors | Lesson 3: Facebook – How to Set Up Your Account

Welcome to Lesson 3 of Technology 101 for Seniors! Today, we’ll focus on how to set up and start to use a Facebook account.

Believe it or not, there are over 1 billion Facebook users around the world! That’s about 3 times the U.S. population, all signing on to one single website. One of the fastest growing groups using Facebook are seniors, so chances are many of your friends and family members are already using the site to share photos, updates, and more. Want to get in on the fun? Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to help you get started!

Before you sign up, you’ll need to have an email address. If you don’t have an email address, click here to view Lesson 1 where you’ll find tips about setting one up.

How to set up your account.

Setting up an account is easy. First, open up your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox are examples) and type “Facebook.com” into the address bar at the top.

Facebook Sign Up Page - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Facebook Sign Up Page – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

When you arrive, you’ll see a screen similar to the one pictured here. Under the words “Sign Up”, you’ll enter your first and last name, email address (or mobile number) and create a password. Then you’ll use the pull down menu to enter your birthday, then check male or female, and click the green “Sign up” button. Don’t worry, your information won’t be public right away, and we’ll show you how to make sure you only share what you want to share.

For your password, pick something that is easy to remember, but hard for someone else to figure out. Perhaps your first pet’s name combined with a previous address number, or a grandchild’s birthday combined with your cousin’s zip code. Once you decide on something, write it down and keep it in a safe place.

Getting Started

Getting Started - click to enlarge for a closer look.

Getting Started – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Next, you’ll be taken to the first Getting Started page. This page will ask if any of your friends are already on Facebook. By clicking “find friends,” Facebook will search your email address and see who you might already know who is on Facebook. If you’re concerned about your privacy, or would rather just find friends on your own, click “skip this step” in the bottom right hand corner.

Profile Picture

Profile Picture - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Profile Picture – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

The next page will ask for your profile picture. If you have one already on your computer, click “add picture” and upload the one you’d like to use. Or, you can click “take a photo” and use your webcam to take a photo of yourself. This can be tricky, so you can click “skip” and get help from a child, grandchild, or friend.

Welcome to Facebook

Welcome to Facebook - Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Welcome to Facebook – Click to enlarge for a closer look.

Now you’re ready to really have some fun. At the top of the page, Facebook will ask you to confirm your email address. Click “confirm now” and you’ll be asked to enter a code. Visit your email inbox, retrieve the code and enter it on Facebook. This is in place to make sure you are “you.”

You’ll see a button to “Take a Privacy Tour.” We suggest you take this virtual tour before you get started having some fun (which, trust us, is coming soon!). This will take you through every option for who can see your page and what they can see. You may want your page open to everyone, or just friends, or friends and their friends too.

Our advice: start out with the most stringent privacy settings. You can always change as you go along, but think about it this way: if you post a photo of your grandchild, do you want the whole world to see it, or just people you know and trust?

Find Friends, Have Fun!

Now it’s time to start having some fun! In the search bar at the top of the page, you can type in friends’ names to start finding people you know. Start with easy ones, like your siblings, children, and grandchildren. When you find them, click “send friend request” and they’ll get a note that you’re on Facebook and you want to be their friend.

When they accept, you’ll be able to interact with that person no matter where they’re located. Plus, you’ll start to see “people you may know” suggested by Facebook based on your current friends. Who knows, maybe you’ll find an old school or camp friend you haven’t thought about in years!

In an upcoming lesson, we’ll share more about how to use Facebook, including sending messages, sharing photos, articles, videos, how to stay away from spammers, and more!

Plus, there are more lessons on the way. Is there something you’d like to learn about in “Technology 101 for Seniors”? Let us know by clicking here. We’d love to help you learn how to be a tech-savvy senior!

Did you know? Crane’s Mill offers tech support to its residents with the help of James Caldwell High School students. Click this link for more.

Events Calendar: Plan Your Next Trip to Crane’s Mill

Have you checked out the Crane’s Mill Events Calendar?

The calendar chock-full of all sorts of fun and informative programs, including our upcoming Summer Open House on June 29, a series of “Tapas” Brunch & Learn programs, medical lectures, and more

Visit the Crane’s Mill events calendar by clicking here.

Some of our past recent events have included:

A guest lecture Eldercare Attorney Tom Murphy

A cooking demo with our Executive Chef Arthur Marston

A Mardi Gras Celebration!

(Click the links above for photos and recaps of the events)

Is there an event you’d like to see on the calendar? Send us an email to let us know. We’d love to hear from you, and are always looking for new and exciting program ideas.

Technology 101 for Seniors | Lesson 2: Tech Terms – What Are Your Grandkids Talking About?

Welcome to Lesson 2 of Technology 101 for Seniors! Today, we’ll take define some terms you may have heard, taking you one step closer to being a tech-savvy senior!

I just downloaded it Grandpa! It’s streaming on YouTube, Grandma! I just updated my status with a picture of the whole family!

Dowloading, streaming, status updates…what does it all mean? Don’t fret, if you’re reading this article you’re well on your way to understanding what the kids (and grandkids) are talking about!

Here are some common tech terms you may have heard before, and a quick definition.

Emailas covered in Lesson 1 of Technology for Seniors 101, Email is simply “electronic mail” and is used to send letters, notes, and photos to friends and family.

Text Message – a short written communication sent from one person’s cell phone to another.

Social Media – any form of communication where the user is engaged. By reading this blog, you’re participating in one form of social media. Other forms include Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Facebook – a social media website where people from all over the world can create their own page containing photos and “status updates” about their lives and the world around them. Users can post comments and “share” items with their friends.

Twitter – a social media website where users post updates in “140 characters or less.”

Tweet – a person’s post on Twitter.

Instagram – a social media website where users can share photographs directly from their phone.

YouTube – a website where users can upload and watch videos of just about anything. Simply click the “play” button on the video to start streaming…

Streaming – rather than downloading a video, by streaming it, you watch through your internet connection.

Download – when a person downloads something, they are essentially making a copy of the file from somewhere on the internet to their own computer or device. This is common for songs, movies, e-books, and more. Once the item is downloaded, the person then has the item in their possession and can use it any time, without having to access the internet.

Hashtag – a hashtag is a way of indexing a conversation and sharing information, commonly used in social media. For instance, if you are using Facebook or Twitter and are interested in finding a holiday recipe, you may want to search #thanksgivingdinner or #easterham. The results may show recipes from experts, photos, and tips from other social media users.

Are there any tech-related terms that you’ve heard that we didn’t cover? Send us an email to let us know!

Plus, there are more lessons on the way. Is there something you’d like to learn about in “Technology 101 for Seniors”? Let us know by clicking here. We’d love to help you learn how to be a tech-savvy senior!

Did you know? Crane’s Mill offers tech support to its residents with the help of James Caldwell High School students. Click this link for more.