Asking the Right Questions When Visiting a Retirement Community

When considering any new place to call home, it’s important to have all the details you need to make an informed decision—and choosing a retirement community is no different.

Here is a short list of vital questions to ask as you visit different communities:

  • How convenient is the location? What’s around the community?
  • Is the community a true Continuing Care Retirement Community with a licensed Skilled Nursing Unit?
  • What types of contracts and financial options are available?
  • Does the community offer a Lifecare option?
  • How does the management and staff address questions and concerns from its residents?
  • Ask for a disclosure statement showing the community’s financial statements for the last 5 years. How much have fees increased?
  • Is the community all-inclusive or are there ancillary charges for certain services & amenities? Check the fine print.
  • Is the community prepared to serve its residents in case of an emergency?

Truly independent living comes from the confidence of knowing you made the best choice for your retirement.

Call CRANE’S MILL at 973-276-3001 to schedule a tour or click here to send us an email. We encourage you to ask us your questions.

Winter is Here—Stay Warm and Safe this Season

Here are some tips to stay secure all winter long.

Winter is here!

Winter is here! Here are some tips to help you stay safe and warm all season long!

Another winter season is upon us, and along with the majesty of the snowy trees and beauty of the holiday decorations come the dangers of icy roads, slippery walks, and bitter cold temperatures. As we age, it’s especially important to stay mindful of the outdoor conditions before heading out—or deciding to stay in—for the day.

For instance, if you have a doctor’s appointment that’s only a short drive away, and the roads seem fine, you may think it’s automatically ok to clean off the car, shovel your driveway, and head on your way. However, have you listened to a traffic report to hear how others are faring on the roads? Have you heard from relatives or friends on their own experiences getting around town?

Here’s a tip: always call ahead on snowy days. The doctor’s office will be able to advise if the area roads are ok, and, perhaps more importantly, if their own driveways and walkways are clear, dry, and safe.

Cold weather is another big concern. Did you know: at “a temperature of 0°F and a wind speed of 15 mph creates a wind chill temperature of -19°F, frost bite can occur in just 30 minutes?” (credit: Doctors warn that children and older adults are especially vulnerable.

What can you do? Always check the weather report not only for the temperature, but that all-important wind chill factor. This will help tell you how cold the outside air will feel to your skin, and help gauge whether to stay in, and if heading out, how heavy to bundle up!

We hope you stay safe and warm this holiday season, and check back for more on the winter season!

The Polar Express: A Look at our Residents’ Very Special Holiday Train Display

Crane’s Mill residents concoct, conduct lovely locomotives.

Crane’s Mill is a special community in large part because of its residents. Many come from Northern New Jersey and beyond, bringing their individual backgrounds and traditions to our lovely community. The holidays are a great example of many different residents coming together and celebrating, embracing their traditions and making new ones along the way. Here’s a great example of a wonderful Crane’s Mill tradition:

Tucked away in a corner of the Sycamore II building at Crane’s Mill is a magical train set created by a group of our most passionate and imaginative residents. Small in scale and big on creativity, this tiny town features a number of engines, box cars and a caboose or two. The tracks wind around many detailed buildings while rolling hills and life-like trees line the landscape.

We were lucky enough to be privy to its location, and are happy to share some photos with you below. Enjoy!

Fun Fact: Crane’s Mill is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

A Certified Wildlife Habitat … right in our residents’ own backyard!

If you’ve visited the Crane’s Mill campus, you may have noticed small animals such as American Robins and Canadian Geese, and larger ones like wild turkeys and stunning families of deer who call Crane’s Mill their home. You may have also noticed the sign stating that the Crane’s Mill campus is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Certified by the National Wildlife Federation, Crane’s Mill, a continuing care retirement community in West Caldwell, NJ, contains “all the basic habitat elements needed for wildlife to thrive,” including:
Providing food for wildlife
Supplying water for wildlife
Create cover for wildlife
Give wildlife a place to raise their young


We at Crane’s Mill are proud of our certification, and invite you to come visit our community see its beauty for yourself!