Crane’s Mill Staff Members Unite to Face Winter Storm Juno

The West Caldwell, New Jersey Retirement Community prepares, bands together to ensure resident safety.

A look at the Crane's Mill apartments in the snow.

Forecasters predicted winter storm Juno would produce blizzard conditions—including harsh winds and large amounts of loose, powdery snow—across most of New Jersey.

Over 40 Crane’s Mill staff members from departments including nursing, maintenance, dining, housekeeping, and administration packed their bags and stayed overnight in order to serve our residents. This proactive strategy was executed to ensure a strong staff presence during this time of need and uncertainty.

Luckily, the storm tracked further to the east than forecasted, and West Caldwell only reported an 8-inch accumulation when all was said and done. But Juno would have been no match for the dedicated Crane’s Mill employees.

“Preparedness and dedication are key, and we have an abundance of both,” explained Beth Sparling, Vice President and Executive Director for Crane’s Mill. “It’s inspiring to see this group of people come together to serve our residents, keep the community operating, and ultimately carry out our organization’s mission.”

This spirit of readiness came as no surprise to Crane’s Mill residents and their family members, who can rest easy knowing the staff is ready to face challenges big and small, and go the extra mile to help in all conditions.

“I hope you will thank the staff who worked long hours and even stayed overnight to make sure we residents were fed and safe. Probably some of them were safer here than trying to get home, but nevertheless it’s a sacrifice, especially for those who have families; and we appreciate their service to us. A warm THANK YOU!” ~ Jean M., Crane’s Mill Resident

West Orange Resident Thankful for Care Received at Crane’s Mill

Crane’s Mill is open to members of the outside community for direct admission into our sub-acute rehabilitation unit. To read more letters from residents and family members, visit the Crane’s Mill Reviews page.

“I am a resident of West Orange, and recently needed to go to a sub-acute rehab facility. I selected Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, and it was very beneficial for my recovery. I found that most of the people that I had contact with were very knowledgeable and helpful with their job responsibilities.

I would especially like to make note of Michael Maykish and his rehab staff on the way they helped me during my stay at Crane’s Mill. In the beginning I was very apprehensive and insecure with respect to my rehabilitation progress. Michael spoke to me about Crane’s Mill and what his department was in charge of ensuring patients to perform their mobile functions properly. The discussion enabled me to feel much better about myself.

I would also like to mention some of the people I worked with whom I have very high respect for within the therapy group. These people were very knowledgeable, kind, considerate and helpful. The therapists explained that after my discharge, it was necessary to continue exercising the routines they performed with me. The therapists I would like to mention are Sofia, Lisa, Jason, Nino, Terrill and Lorie, all responsible caring, outstanding professionals. Moreover, I would be remiss if I did not mention two employees that helped me recover more quickly from my illness – Pierre, my nursing assistant, and Chickee, one of the head nurses.

In closing, I would definitely recommend and advise others of the fulfilling experience. Thank you.”


August M.
West Orange, New Jersey

Crane’s Mill Welcomed James Caldwell High School Seniors for Magical Healing Program

Our West Caldwell, New Jersey Retirement Community welcomed key club members for this engaging and entertaining program.

“Key Club members from James Caldwell High School found a new way to serve their community this fall when they learned and shared a newfound love of magic.

Magical Healing, a soon-to-be non-profit organization, worked with Key Club members to teach them magic tricks and illusions that were then performed on Thursday, November 20, for residents at Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell.”

Continue on to the Caldwells Patch website to read more about this exciting program.

Lyndhurst Resident Recommends Crane’s Mill Rehab

Here is a letter we received reviewing the sub-acute rehabilitation care at Crane’s Mill. For more testimonials, please visit the Crane’s Mill Reviews page.

“I am a resident of Lyndhurst, and needed to have short-term rehab care after a hospital stay. My daughter lives in the Caldwell area, so I came to the Crane’s Mill Health Center in West Caldwell.

I arrived at Crane’s Mill in late October, and when I left earlier this month, I felt like I was leaving family. The staff was very kind and friendly, and I have to say that they really “bent over backwards” to assist me in every way.

I would recommend Crane’s Mill to anyone. Thank you.”

Frances M.
Lyndhurst, NJ


Hearts of Hope Fundraiser at Crane’s Mill—Order Your Tickets Today!

Crane’s Mill Retirement Community will once again play host to this annual fundraising event.

Click the image above for tickets and more information on Hearts of Hope.

Our parent organization, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, is hosting its annual Hearts of Hope fundraiser at Crane’s Mill! The fun takes place on Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.

The event will benefit New Visions Homeless Day Shelter, Lutherans Feeding Friends, and the Crane’s Mill Good Samaritan Fund. It will be a uniquely entertaining evening, richly infused with friends, and delightfully fulfilling with good food, drink, and philanthropic spirit.

To learn more, and for ticket information, continue on to the LSMNJ website.

We hope to see you at Hearts of Hope on February 12!