Crane’s Mill Blog

Crane’s Mill History

Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community was built on a plot of land in West Caldwell, New Jersey that holds a rich history. For all you history buffs out there, you can click here to read more about the history of Crane’s Mill. Plus, if you call us at 973-276-6700 or send us an email, we can direct you to the hallway connected the Health Center to Towne Square. There, you’ll find a series of in-depth articles, historical records, photographs, and much more, all chronicling the proud history of this wonderful community that our residents now call home. …Read More »


August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and a time to think about the importance of being vaccinated in order to keep our communities safe and healthy. At Lutheran Social Ministries of NJ, we place great emphasis on the importance of vaccinations to protect our residents and program participants. As we age, our immune systems become weakened, thus making it harder to fight off illness and disease such as pneumonia and the flu. Complications from these illnesses can be deadly especially to those with compromised immune systems such as the elderly, infants and people with ongoing medical conditions. Getting the …Read More »


Save the Date – Crane’s Mill Fall Tour of Homes

The annual Crane’s Mill Fall Tour of Homes takes place on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Guests will be treated to a tour including a selection of fine independent living apartment homes, plus the opportunity to walk our splendid 48-acre campus, view common areas, and our five-star rated Health Center. To RSVP, call 973-276-3070 or click here to send an email.   …Read More »


Bridge Players Unite!

Crane’s Mill, an Essex County, New Jersey Retirement Community is home to a number of bridge enthusiasts. Bridge is a very popular pastime here at Crane’s Mill. Nicole Smith, our Director of Community Programming, frequently plans Bridge games in our Cherry Blossom Lounge. In addition, many residents put together their own Bridge games throughout the week. Personally, this author has seen this card game bring together people from all walks of life. For example, our Assisted Living and Independent Living residents often meet up for weekly games, as do guests from the outside community including residents’ friends and family members. …Read More »


About Our Neighbor: West Essex Park

West Essex Park is literally right in our backyard here at Crane’s Mill You may already know that Crane’s Mill is a 48-acre oasis that combines the natural beauty of a Certified Wildlife Habitat with an upscale residential retirement setting. What you may not know is that our nature walking trails on the west end of our campus lead directly into West Essex Park—home to over 1,300 acres of parkland including an environmental center, boating and canoe landings, golf driving range, and so much more! Plus, birdwatchers know West Essex Park as a destination to see some of their more …Read More »


What’s for Dinner Tonight at Crane’s Mill?

Here is a look at tonight’s Crane’s Mill dinner menu. The Candleberry Dining Room offers Crane’s Mill residents an array of menu options each and every night. Served in a restaurant-style atmosphere, complete with a host and wait staff, the Candleberry’s signature mix of featured entrees and a set menu is designed to satisfy even the selective palettes. Here is a look at the menu for Tuesday, July 30, 2019: Italian Wedding Soup Warm Wheatberry Salad Tomato Zucchini Pie Panko Eggplant Mozzarella Grilled Chop Steak Green Beans & Carrots Escarole & Garlic Rustic Berry Tart …Read More »


New Crane’s Mill “Review” Posted Online

We are so excited to share this recent review shared by a family member: “We just moved our father-in-law to Crane’s Mill, and we could not be more pleased. They provided terrific support and assistance throughout the entire process. This included providing extensive social support to help our FIL meet lots of people and new groups. Germaine Loudon at CM was, and continues to be, particularly helpful. She not only follows up thoroughly on everything, but importantly, she sincerely cares about the people. Out father-in-law is now very happy in his independent living unit.” William C., NJ For more testimonials …Read More »


Interested in Working at Crane’s Mill?

Crane’s Mill and Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey are always looking for talented individuals to join our statewide team of over 550 professionals and skilled staff members. If you are interested in employment opportunities at Crane’s Mill Continuing Care Retirement Community or its parent organization, Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, please click here to view the current openings. To learn more about Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey, including an overview of the programs offered and all of the organization’s latest news and events, please visit www.lsmnj.org. …Read More »