Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is committed to a holistic and non-denominational approch to serving aging persons by offering programs of educaiton and advocacy, spiritual care, including a parish nurse program, and friendship for elders in home and community-based settings in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks. Donate Now

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks


Welcome to Mercy Care for the Adirondacks

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, was established in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  It is responding to the emergent need to address in a holistic manner the health education, spiritual, and friendship needs of elders living in their own homes.  Mercy Care provides on a non-denominational basis the benefits of friendship, companionship, assistance, and spiritual care which is not or cannot be adequately provided by family or friends. 

 In the past elders were cared for by family members who continued to live with them in their family home. Although caregiving by family members continues to be the most common form of caregiving of elders, several societal trends have made its implementation more difficult. This is particularly the case in the Adirondacks where a high portion of the younger generation have been moving away for education and career, leaving their parents behind.  Mercy Care is developing a new social model of extending mercy to elders living in their communities to relieve their isolation and loneliness and serving as a catalyst and facilitator of systemic change to empower older adults to age in place more successfully. Mercy Care established and facilitates the Caregiving Working Group of Essex and Franklin Counties and the Tri-Lakes Aging in Place Task Force in the rural Adirondacks in Upstate New York. 

Mercy Care’s mission to enhance the fullness of life of elders living in their communities is implemented through three interrelated strategies:

 1) Direct Service to Elders. Mercy Care works to enhance the fullness of the lives of elders by responding to their needs in a holistic manner through its Friendship Volunteer and Parish Nurse Programs.

2)  Community Empowerment.  Mercy Care encourages each community to develop facilities, programs, policies, and practices that support a fullness of life of elders in the community.  Mercy Care serves as a catalyst for systemic change and facilitator for such community development. 

3)  Education and Advocacy.  Through its educational forum program and other outreach activities, Mercy Care seeks to promote an understanding of issues and challenges in the lives of elders.

 

 

 

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is committed to a holistic and non-denominational approch to serving aging persons by offering programs of educaiton and advocacy, spiritual care, including a parish nurse program, and friendship for elders in home and community-based settings in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks.