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


Frequently Asked Questions

 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.

How do Friendship and Faith Community 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 or Faith Community Nurse?  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 ccummings@adkmercy.org

What is Mercy Care's Faith Community Nursing Program?

 Mercy Care Faith Community Nurses--Who are they and what is their role?  Mercy Care Faith Community Nurses, also known as Parish 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 Faith Community 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 do Mercy Care Faith Community Nurses and Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers relate to each other?  Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers are most likely to notice needs which an aging person may have for a health counselor, advocate, or educator.  Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers will be on the “front lines” ready to refer those needing health counseling or evaluation to the parish nurse.  Friendship and nurse volunteers may work together to help elders navigate access to community resources.

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.