A True ‘Hotspot’—Crane’s Mill Family and Friends Flock to Towne Square

Power, Warmth and Good Conversation Make Crane’s Mill a ‘Post-Sandy’ Haven

Towne Square is providing our residents' families with a safe, warm place to 'recharge their batteries.'

Over the past few days, many in Northern New Jersey have been without power. As temperatures have dropped, the fireplaces in Towne Square have seen many pairs of feet snuggling nearby for warmth.

In fact, Towne Square at Crane’s Mill is quickly becoming a meeting place for friends and family members of our residents and staff seeking heat, electricity and of course, friendly conversation and a few laughs. The heat is on, the lights are shining and the good times are rolling.

Nearby family members and friends have taken some much-needed time away from homes without power to visit our home. They’ve had a chance to get warm, charge their cell phones and catch up with their Crane’s Mill loved ones who have ridden out the storm and its aftermath without missing a beat.

Another popular reason to visit? Free Wi-Fi. Thanks to our servers staying up and running, people have been able to keep in touch with family and friends through email and social media.

Wednesday was Halloween, so the marketing team presented a ‘resident social’ to celebrate, complete with costumes, hot apple cider, cocoa and donuts. There was even ‘reverse trick-or-treating’ as staff handed out candy to residents and guests in Towne Square. One resident’s lucky grandson also happened to be on-hand—needless to say, he got his fair share of treats!

Later, dinner was served at The Candleberry Dining Room. Many of our residents invited guests to join them for a five-course meal that was truly a luxury during this trying time. A bonus? There’s never a wait for a table.

Residents are now gearing up for afternoon dance class in Hinman Hall and, like every Thursday, Happy Hour in the Cherry Blossom Lounge.

We are so lucky at Crane’s Mill that our power was back up and running just hours after Sandy. While the electricity was out, backup generators powered our essential services and meals were provided thanks to our excellent dining services team. Maintenance, housekeeping, nursing and administrative personnel kept everyone happy, healthy and secure.

Many of our friends and relatives are still without power or out and about waiting on gas lines to fill up their tanks or generators. Please know that for those who can’t make it over to Towne Square, we are keeping you in our thoughts and hope that any damage to your home was minimal and that things are back to normal very quickly.

Crane’s Mill Residents Faring Well After ‘Sandy’ Superstorm

World-class service, fine dining and resort-style amenities are what Crane’s Mill is known for providing. But it’s when times are tough when the community’s spirit shines the brightest.

Over the past day and a half, our area was hit hard by what many are calling a superstorm, monster storm or even “Frankenstorm.” Describe her as you will, “Sandy” surely wreaked havoc, and our hearts go out to our friends and loved ones affected by the storm.

At Crane’s Mill, the scene was unsurprisingly one of caring, compassion and more than a little bit of fun. Staff members from all areas including nursing, maintenance, housekeeping, dining and administration worked quite literally “around the clock” to make sure residents were safe and secure, and that our community continued to run as smoothly as possible.

Delicious meals were served buffet style in Towne Square and our Activities Director organized lots of fun including puzzle tables that provided hours of enjoyment. Emergency generators were hard at work to power essential services and light hallways and common areas.

One of the Towne Square fireplaces provided warmth and light this morning.

The Health Center deserves special commendation as excellent care was provided in stride.

Luckily, our power is now fully restored, and for that we are thankful. Our thoughts are with our friends and neighbors here in New Jersey and the surrounding areas affected by this recent storm. Many people are having a hard time right now, and we certainly hope that basements dry out quickly, roads become safe to drive and most of all that everyone is ok.