Frequently Asked Questions
Please view our Frequently Asked Questions below:
|What is Mercy Care for the Adirondacks?||It is a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to provide elders, on a non-denominational basis, with companionship, friendship, and spiritual care. Services of this not-for-profit organization are supported through charitable donations.|
|Whom does Mercy Care serve?||Mercy Care serves elders of all faiths living in their own homes or other independent living communities in the Tri-Lakes region of the Adirondacks. Services are offered to older adults in need. There are no income or health guidelines for which an elder must qualify.|
|Is there a fee for Mercy Care Services?||
Mercy Care’s direct services to elders through its Friendship Volunteer, Volunteer Parish Nurse, and Volunteer Caregiver Friend Programs are provided free of charge but are freely given by our kind and generous volunteers. Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is supported solely through charitable contributions and grants. The community itself supports Mercy Care.
|How do Friendship, Caregiver Friends and Parish Nurse Volunteers make a difference?||To help ease isolation and loneliness, Mercy Care gives priority to the establishment and strengthening of meaningful social relations between older adults and their family, friends, and volunteers, encouraging and enabling participation in the life of their communities.|
|How do I request a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer, Caregiver Friend or Parish Nurse Volunteer?||
If you are an older adult--or know someone who is--who would welcome the services of our volunteers, please contact Sr. Catherine Cummings, RSM, Ed.D., R.N., at 518-523-5582 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
|What is Mercy Care's Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nursing Program?||
|Mercy Care Faith Community Nurses--Who are they and what is their role?||
Mercy Care Parish Nurse, also known as Faith Community Nurses, are Registered Nurses who volunteer their time and talents in monitoring the health needs of elders in their parish, congregation, or community. Parish Nurses advocate for whole person health care—body, mind, and spirit—using their health education and spiritual orientation. They serve as:
Mercy Care’s Parish Nurses do not provide “hands on” nursing care or duplicate other direct nursing or medical services.
|What are some of the concerns a Mercy Care Parish Nurse might help me with?||
|How can a Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer make a positive difference in an elder neighbor’s life?||
|How can a Caregiver Friend make a positive difference in the life of a person caring for a loved one?||
|How do Mercy Care Parish Nurses, Caregiver Friends and Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers relate to each other?||
Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers are most likely to notice needs which an aging person or caregiver may have for a health counselor, advocate, or educator. Friendship Volunteers, Parish Nurses and Caregiver Friends work together to help elders and their caregivers navigate access to community resources.