The Healing Power of Laughter Comes to Crane’s Mill—and You’re Invited!

They say laughter is the best medicine—experience it for yourself at this fun event at Crane’s Mill!

Please join us on Friday, May 17th at 2:00 p.m. for an afternoon program focused on the ‘healing power of laughter.’ Presented by the multi-talented Ron Owens, a Crane’s Mill resident favorite, the program promises to provide lots of inspiration and fun.

All are welcome, but advance RSVP is required as we have limited space available. Please call 973-276-3070 or click here to send us an email.

You're invited to the Healing Power of Laughter at Crane's Mill!

Residents ‘In The News’—AAA Carfit Comes to Crane’s Mill

Crane’s Mill residents recently took part in a driver safety initiative with help from AAA  and Seton Hall University

The skies may have been cloudy but our residents smiles surely lit up the afternoon. AAA and Seton Hall University’s occupational therapy department presented 28 Crane’s Mill-ers with a program focused on driver safety at all ages.

Of course, transportation is fully included at Crane’s Mill, but many of our residents have cars and enjoy driving on a daily basis, so this program proved to be quite popular. (It is, of course nice to know that when the weather is not so great, or if the car is in the shop, you can go anywhere you like free of charge!)

You can read more about the program by visiting The article features an array of photos of our residents in action—enjoy!

The Crane’s Mill Courier Blog Celebrates its One Year Anniversary

We’re celebrating one year of bringing you all the latest happenings from Northern New Jersey’s premier retirement community

Today's reason to smile? It's the one year anniversary of this blog!

Today is a big day at Crane’s Mill—we’re celebrating the one year anniversary of The Crane’s Mill Courier! We are so happy to have this forum to bring you stories, photos and more to keep you up to speed with everything going on here at Crane’s Mill.

Looking forward to the year ahead, we’re going to share even more with our readers, including resident profiles, interviews with staff, event coverage and exclusive looks inside our community.

Plus, we’ll have many more photos to show and stories to share.

Here are just a few of our personal favorites from the first year of the Crane’s Mill Courier … enjoy!

We rated Crane’s Mill against the top retirement locations in the state.

Crane’s Mill Residents fared well, and stayed plugged in, during ‘Sandy’

We showed you around a 1,331 square foot apartment

We shared our New Year’s Resolutions

How about these nature photos from around campus?

We fought back, and kept our neighbors informed, against senior scammers

Thank You Francisco Reyes, From Your Friends at Crane’s Mill

Join us in taking a moment to say farewell to a friend and wish him well in his retirement

Have you ever met someone whose work ethic is impeccable? Someone who stays calm and collected when faced with seemingly daunting tasks? What about someone who is genuinely warm and friendly every time you see him?

Francisco Reyes, Director of Housekeeping, pictured here with Beth Sparling, Executive Director of Crane's Mill

We know that person, and his name is Francisco Reyes, our Director of Housekeeping at Crane’s Mill. At the end of this month, Francisco is retiring after 15 years at our community.

Equal parts hardworking, even-tempered and engaging, Francisco has been a staple in our community since we first opened our doors in 1998. Our residents and staff have grown quite accustomed to being greeted by Francisco’s trademark smile, and stopping for a friendly chat.

If you’ve ever been to Crane’s Mill, then you know this place is clean—and that’s no easy task. Every independent living resident (we have about 250) receives bi-weekly housekeeping and weekly linen service. Every Health Center resident receives full laundry service, and of course apartment cleaning. Not to mention every single inch of common space in our community—the dining venues, lounges, Hinman Hall…even our administrative offices. At the center of it all, directing every last pass of the broom is our friend Francisco.

Keeping Crane’s Mill spotless is only the beginning of Francisco’s importance to our community. When a resident moves in to their new apartment or cottage at Crane’s Mill, Francisco is one of the first people they meet upon their arrival. Francisco works with the resident to identify when the housekeeping team will return for their regularly-scheduled cleanings and ensures that every inch of their new home is just right.

Francisco with Ralph Perri, Director of Maintenance for Crane's Mill

Francisco’s good nature is an important piece in helping our new residents feel at home from their very first day, and it doesn’t stop there. He is a fixture on our campus, and he will truly be missed.

If a person’s wealth is measured by one’s good deeds, then Francisco is very rich man—and we are all fortunate for having known him.

On behalf of the staff and residents here at Crane’s Mill, we would like to wish Francisco all the best on this exciting new chapter in his life.

Did You Know? Crane’s Mill Offers Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Services

Open to residents of the greater community beyond just residents of Crane’s Mill, sub-acute rehabilitation at Crane’s Mill is renowned as one of the best in Northern New Jersey.

A Crane's Mill resident receiving physical therapy in our rehabilitation department

Yes, Crane’s Mill has wonderful independent living apartments and cottages and excellent care in its assisted living and skilled nursing areas. But did you know that Crane’s Mill offers sub-actue rehabilitation services?

Our on-site rehabilitation area is not exclusive just to Crane’s Mill residents—it’s open to anyone looking for the best in rehab services.

Picture this scenario: you or a loved one need to have a knee replacement surgery. You pick the best doctor in the area, who will in turn admit you to a top hospital. Once the surgery is complete, and it’s time to be discharged for physical therapy at a rehab facility, how do you ensure you’re going to continue to receive top-notch care?

The answer is easier than you think: schedule your rehab at Crane’s Mill. The professional staff and state-of-the-art equipment make the rehabilitation department at Crane’s Mill perfectly suited for both long- and short-term stays.

Therapy services offered include:

Physical, Occupational and Cognitive Therapy
Conditioning Programs
Speech/Language/Swallowing Therapy
Wound Care Treatment
IV Therapy
Pain Management

To learn more, please call 973-276-3016 or visit the Health Center section of our website.