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Community Updates Blog

Cristine Franco, Administrator, Assisted Living and Memory Care at Crane's Mill

Crane’s Mill Staff Profile – Cristine Franco, Health Center Director

Read on to learn more about our Health Center Director Crane’s Mill’s five-star Health Center offers superior hands-on care, and we are lucky to have excellent leadership on our team. Cristine Franco, our Health Center Director, has been with Crane’s Mill since July 2019. She initially joined the team as Recreation Director before she was offered an opportunity to transition into an administration role, and took over as Health Center Director in May 2021. Cristine has always loved working with senior citizens, and especially enjoys getting to know residents at Crane’s Mill. “I’ve been able to forge great bonds with our …Read More »



Rachel Teixeira, Director of Nursing

Crane’s Mill Staff Profile – Rachel Teixeira, Director of Nursing

Enjoy this profile of our outstanding director of nursing Crane’s Mill’s five-star Health Center offers superior hands-on care. Rachel Teixeira, the Director of Nursing for our skilled nursing unit, has been with Crane’s Mill since summer 2021. Originally inspired to pursue nursing as a profession by her childhood experiences with the nurses who guided, taught, and cared for her, Rachel spent nine years as an emergency room nurse before seeking a nursing leadership position that brought her to Crane’s Mill. “As I learned more about the work during my time here, I started to really enjoy it,” she shares. “I …Read More »


Celebrating Passover and Easter at Crane’s Mill

Holidays for those of all faiths are celebrated at our West Caldwell, New Jersey retirement community. Today marks the first day of Passover for 2022, and the Christian holy day Good Friday. This Sunday, Easter will be celebrated all day long. Catholic Mass with Father O’Connor takes place at 11:15 a.m., and Ecumenical Communion Service with Pastor Nancy begins at 2:00 p.m. A special Easter brunch will also take place on Sunday, and the evening move on Hinman Hall’s big screen is the 1948 Irving Berlin classic, “Easter Parade.” On Monday evening, residents of all faiths will come together in …Read More »


Saint Patrick’s Day at Crane’s Mill

Saint Patrick’s Day at Crane’s Mill is quite a party! Residents are currently enjoying live music and Irish treats in Hinman Hall. The music features soaring renditions of our residents’ Irish favorites! When the music stops, the fun continues at our new bar for Happy Hour, followed by traditional corned beef and cabbage for dinner and Bailey’s chocolate pots de crème for dessert … WOW! …Read More »


Gallery: Crane’s Mill and Journey Hospice Host Networking Event

Crane’s Mill, Journey Hospice Welcome Local Senior Living Professionals for Networking Event On Thursday, March 10, Crane’s Mill teamed up with Journey Hospice to welcome 60 area professionals to a special ‘March Madness’ networking event. The evening provided a chance for colleagues and contemporaries to share stories, exchange business cards, and have some fun. Amazing sandwiches, salads, and international cheeses were served along with wine, beer, and soft drinks. Five lucky attendees walked away with raffle prizes which included restaurant gift cards and wine baskets. Check out the gallery below, and stay tuned to cranesmill.org for more upcoming events! …Read More »


Penguin visits Crane's Mill

Crane’s Mill Residents Enjoy Visit from Live Penguin!

The sea life experts from Jenkinson’s Aquarium visited Crane’s Mill on Tuesday for a Live Penguin Presentation! Residents learned all about penguin biology, geography, care, feeding, and wildlife conservation. We even had a chance to ask questions and pet the penguin!Anim A fun time was had by all, including the penguin, who enjoyed waddling around the community! …Read More »


Stopping Senior Scams

Stopping Senior Scams

Crane’s Mill Welcomes Secret Service Special Agent To Help Stop Scammers Crane’s Mill recently welcomed United States Secret Service Special Agent Scott Keenan. Special Agent Keenan presented a program on protecting ourselves and loved ones from scammers, discussing different online and phone scams and what to look out for. Did you know? Consumer Reports shared the following statistics on senior financial scams: Older people are swindled out of more than $3 billion each year. More than 3.5 million older adults are victims of financial exploitation each year. Seniors targeted by fraudsters suffer an average loss of $34,200. For more on …Read More »


The Morris Kitchen

Featured Apartment: The Morris

The Morris is a two bedroom, two bathroom with den apartment home measuring 1,111 square feet One of 21 available floor plans, the Morris is located in our Sycamore building and is just steps from Towne Square. The 1,111 square foot apartment features two large bedrooms complete with two walk-in closets, two full baths, an open living/dining space, well-appointed kitchen and more. Like all Crane’s Mill homes, the Morris boasts a private, screened-in porch and outdoor storage area along with an in-unit washer and dryer. You can view the gallery below, and be sure to also take a look at the Morris …Read More »


First Snowy Day of 2022

The Crane’s Mill team has been hard at work since early this morning, clearing snow and making sure residents are safe and cared for. Crane’s Mill residents can focus on doing the things they truly enjoy, like staying active and healthy, taking a swim in our indoor pool, reading a book by the fire, and enjoying restaurant-style dining—all without traipsing through the snow or going out for a drive. Here is a look at just some of the services and amenities offered at Crane’s Mill that keep our residents active and healthy all winter long: SNOW COVERED CAR? We shovel …Read More »