Cranford Health and Extended Care Center

(866) 653-9337

205 Birchwood Ave, CRANFORD, NJ


  • Nursing Home

Payment Options

  • Medicare Yes
  • Medicaid Yes
  • Veteran's Benefits No
  • Long Term Care Insurance No
  • Subsidy Available No
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User Reviews

06/05/2015  -  An OurParents User Writes:

This nursing home is a hell hole. My grandmother was treated worse than an animal. She was not changed or fed on time and they even cut her call bell so she couldn't get help. She was left in soiled diapers all day and the nurses were very nasty to her. They would yell at my grandmother and get nasty with the family members. The nurses hate when you check on your loved one. Beware!!

04/05/2013  -  An OurParents User Writes:

Excellent, caring staff. My husband's mood and physical health took a complete turn for the better once he was there.

07/29/2011  -  An OurParents User Writes:

This facility does not provide specialized Altzheimer
Care. They say they do but they do not. They are not
properly trained to deal with specialized Altzheimer
patients. Ask them how they do this? They, also, do
not provide open access to a patient's chart. They
do not like having a family member view the chart.
Nursing Director and the Administrator are not hands
on, unless you complain and they are forced to deal
with you. Instead of having a separate hospice wing,
where much better care would be given to the dying
patient, the patients is kept in original room with
original room mate and care is routine, same as before the patient was dying. Their attitude is they
see this all the time. That is despicable. When there are problems, dealing with this Nursing Home is a
nightmare. Because of this the caretaker has the burden of added stress not only because their loved
one is here but because they have to deal with the
staff on a daily basis.

05/20/2011  -  An OurParents User Writes:

We moved mom into Cranford Health several months ago and could not have been more pleased with our decision. After reading the negative reviews, I felt the need to come on here and share our positive experiences. Mom was transferred to Cranford Health for sub-acute care from Overlook Hospital. We toured lots of facilities in Union County and ultimately decided on Cranford Health. Every time I go there, I am amazed at the cleanliness of the building. Each staff member greets me with a smile and on days that we can't go and visit, the staff makes sure mom is involved in the activities going on. Again this is only my opinion but I encourage anyone looking for a loving home to consider Cranford Health.

09/13/2010  -  An OurParents User Writes:

Most of the nurses seemed at all times annoyed to be there and to help the patients and families. If your doctor does not have privileges at this facility then your loved one will never see a doctor. Only a PA will stop in to see them on a very infrequent basis. If your loved one requires more than just rehabilitation, such as round the clock care this is not the place for you. My grandfather was suffering from inoperable throat cancer. We wanted to rehabilitate him and send him home. However, a fall he ad taken a few weeks before entering the home left him with a brain hemorrhage that had gone unnoticed by the PA and staff, even after we repeatedly told them that we felt that something was wrong. We had to initiate his transfer to the hospital even though we asked that he be closely watched. It was not until my grandmother came to visit and saw that he was hitting the side of his bed and was completely disoriented, then told the staff to call an ambulance. You could never get a straight answer from anyone when a doctor or the PA would be in to see him. Many times when I came for a visit people were lined up outside the cafeteria like cattle waiting to get in. It was the saddest place I have ever been. These people were treated like animals, not people who should be treated with respect and dignity for the end of their life care. If you love someone, do not send them here. After leaving this place, my grandfather spent a week in the hospital then was transferred to Hospice where he died two days later. Because of the lack of care, we were not prepared for this abrupt ending to a treasured life.

07/07/2010  -  An OurParents User Writes:

This place is a nightmare. If you are trying to find a place for someone you love please do not send them here. If you are trying to find a place for someone you want dead then this is an appropriate choice. At first I was happy because this place is a few blocks away from our home. As I walked in I was actually impressed with the rooms, and thought they looked pretty nice, but don’t let looks fool you. My grandfather is currently staying here short term for "rehabilitation". I put "rehabilitation" in quotes because you could barely call it that at this place. I sat and watched a session of what they call "rehabilitation" and I wouldn't even call it exercise. They had about 5-6 patients in there at once all sitting in there wheelchairs staring at a wall while they worked one on one with a person for about 5-10 minutes (hardly enough to do anything). They walked my grandfather down one hallway with a walker and then had him sit down and pushed him back to the room where he continued to sit in his wheelchair and stare at a wall.
I have only met one nurse that was on a night shift that seemed very friendly and happy with her job. During the day the few nurses that I do see walking around seem miserable and unhappy. They do not seem to care about the patients or the place they are working. They slowly walk to where they have to be with a big frown on their face (and that’s when I’m lucky enough to actually see a nurse on the floor). My grandfather had to go to the bathroom and I informed a nurse who told me to push a button. They actually responded in a decent amount of time (still walking in slowly). She wheeled him into the bathroom and left him there as she stood by the door. He is very unstable and I was in shock to see that they were not monitoring him more closely (at least leaving the door open a bit to hear/see what was going on). When he was done she wheeled him back into the room. The diaper he was wearing was a little soiled and now half off since he used the bathroom and they did not care to fix or change it, and he ended up doing it himself. The second bathroom experience was much worse. A nurse brought him into the bathroom to poop. He went and was wheeled out. He then said he had to go again. As I fought with the nurse she refused to bring him into the bathroom again because he already went, and sure enough the poor man had to go again but it was too late.
That is only the beginning. He came in with a few bumps and bruises but now has many more. He now has a bump over his eye, had a big gash on his upper arm, cuts on his elbow, etc. They said the big gash on his upper arm was from the bed, but he told us that he fell. There is something very wrong and shady about this place. He has only been in there for about 2 weeks. He is diabetic and his sugar is always extremely high and he lost a lot of weight because he has not been eating right there. The food looks awful and dry and I do not blame him for not wanting it. Months before this he was in Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation center and did wonderful. I always saw many nurses walking around and responding to patients. They were a lot more interactive and there was a calendar of activities planned for each day. Although not all of the nurses walked around with a smile on their face there were many who did. They always said hi to us and checked on him and gave us and update on how he was doing that day. The food was also a lot better and he cleared his plate at every meal. We are currently trying to get him out of Cranford Health and back into Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, but are having a hard time because they are full. We are crossing our fingers and hoping something opens up soon because we know that he can not stay in Cranford.

Description of Cranford Health and Extended Care Center in CRANFORD, NJ

Number of Beds : 180

Residents find a full range of assisted living, skilled nursing, hospice and respite services and a welcoming, amicable community at Cranford Health Extended Care Center. For seniors who cherish their independence but still need a helping hand with daily activities, an assisted living program is designed for exactly such a lifestyle. Come experience true freedom, but one with compassionate care always nearby! Assisted living communities have many benefits. Research suggests that seniors who live near their peers and have a variety of social activities feel a greater sense of well-being. With assisted living, you'll enjoy senior-friendly apartments and a busy social calendar. Other services you'll find include around-the-clock supervision and security, access to professional nurses, emergency call systems, help with daily living, and nutritious meals prepared by chefs. These communities typically provide housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and a calendar of social events. Reside at Cranford Health Extended Care Center and relish an exciting new chapter of life, where elders can share stories and relish the companionship of peers. In this community, seniors find comprehensive assisted living, skilled nursing, hospice and respite services as well as a welcoming, amicable community. The help you'll find at assisted living communities is offered when you need it, with the goal of supplying the support services required to stay as self-sufficient as possible. When you are ready to make the move to Cranford Health Extended Care Center for assisted living, skilled nursing, hospice and respite services, call a senior care advisor.


Demographic Profile for CRANFORD, NJ, 07016


Male Population
Female Population
Median Age
42.1 Years
Average Household Income

Cost Of Living
Compared to the National Average

49% Above
Cost of Food
12% Above
15% Above
13% Above

Provided By EPA; Closer to 100 is better

Air Quality
2.8 / 100
Water Quality
13 / 100
Superfund Sites
19 / 100
Physicians per 100k

Annual Crime

Violent Crimes
Property Crimes