Our Blog Follows the Fun, Active Lives of Seniors Living at Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey
Have you been keeping up with Crane’s Mill? Here are links to some fun recent articles we’ve printed just in case you missed them:
All aboard! We took a look inside our residents’ holiday train room.
Our residents filled the greenhouse with their perennial favorites.
We were proud to share this letter from a resident’s family member.
We enjoyed this list of inspirational quotes about aging.
Of course, stay tuned for more … our blog is updated every week with news, info, fun, and photos from Crane’s Mill.
Do you have a spare minute to read a letter from a family member? We’ve read it multiple times since receiving, and are excited to share with you:
Dear Crane’s Mill Staff,
I’ve been delayed in dropping you an email to thank you for the responsiveness of the Crane’s Mill staff when my dad’s heating system broke down last Saturday night, right in the midst of this ongoing abnormally frigid early January weather that we’ve been having.
When I called Crane’s Mill Security late last Saturday night, Pete answered my call and said he’d be over soon with electric heaters, so as to keep dad’s apartment safely warm until the system could be repaired on Sunday morning. Upon his prompt arrival, we met “Officer” Pete for the first time…and what a great guy! We quickly learned that he was a retired local police officer and that the overnight Security folks who work at Crane’s Mill are retired or current “first responders.”
While we offered my dad the option to stay at our nearby home that frigid Saturday night, he was very happy to remain safely at home in his own independent living apartment at Crane’s Mill, that was immediately made comfortable by your staff when his heating system failed. We are also very appreciative of the prompt repair service your staff provided when his heating unit was diagnosed as defective and replaced first thing on Sunday morning!
Learning that Crane’s Mill employs first responders on overnight Security duty gave us great comfort, and then…it suddenly and unexpectedly came into direct play this morning when dad summoned for immediate help whilst in the midst of a medical event that required emergency surgery. When dad activated the Crane’s Mill emergency call system in his apartment, once again, it was our new friend “Officer” Pete who immediately responded and summoned the ambulance that brought him to the local hospital.
Dad and our family are now even more appreciative of the fact he lives independently at Crane’s Mill. Had he still been living alone so many miles away from our family, as he was until recently, we know that his medical event might not have had such a positive outcome as it did thanks to such prompt emergency action by the Crane’s Mill staff.
In closing, our family has so many great things to say about everything and everybody about Crane’s Mill (down to the local college and high school “kids” who serve in the restaurant and cafe) from our experience, so far.
Ongoing thanks, again,
January is a lovely site here at Crane’s Mill in West Caldwell, New Jersey. However, along with the beauty of the snow on the ground come a number concerns, specifically for older adults. We will cover many of these as the weather continues to grow colder, but for today, let’s focus on a fun escape from the snow: the Crane’s Mill “Horseneck Gym.”
Pictured here, and situated in Towne Square next to the heated indoor swimming pool, the gym is a popular destination for residents looking to stay fit, healthy and active. All of the equipment is geared specifically for seniors, using features such as hydraulics to ensure less impact on joints.
We have a personal trainer on staff who is available for contracted sessions. He is also on-hand Monday through Friday to assist with teaching residents how to use the gym’s equipment and answer questions.
What’s the first thing we do when we get up in the morning? Typically, we head to the bathroom to get ourselves ready for the day. At Crane’s Mill, in each master bathroom there is a small button that’s part of our “I’m ok” system.
The “I’m ok” system adds a sense of security and peace of mind for residents and their family members. Here’s how it works:
Each morning, we ask that our residents simply push that button to let our concierge know that you’re up and at ’em. Should a resident not press the button by a certain time, our concierge will make a phone call to make sure the person is ok. If there’s no answer, our team will go to the person’s apartment or cottage and knock on the door.
The “I’m ok” system truly is a great way to make sure everyone at Crane’s Mill is enjoying the retirement they deserve—one that’s full of fun and friends and free of fretting.
Plus, if a person should not feel well at any time, our 24-hour emergency pendant system provides around-the-clock emergency response for all of our residents.
Independent retirement living that’s luxurious and secure—that’s what residents at Crane’s Mill enjoy. If you’re interested in learning more, visit our contact page to schedule a tour.