Mercy Living Center is a home for veterans

SARANAC LAKE -- As a U.S. Army veteran, William Lyon was eligible to receive the specialized care offered at a skilled nursing facility, but none of the nursing homes in northern New York state were approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide the care he needed. Until now.

The VA recently approved Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake to provide skilled nursing care to veterans who meet certain requirements. Prior to this, local veterans needing long-term care would have to go to Albany, Saratoga or Burlington, Vt.

Lyon, a former Bloomingdale resident, couldn't be happier; he loves everything about Mercy, from the care he receives to the staff that provide it. It also keeps him close to his hometown and family, who are just a short car ride away.

"We see this as a clear validation of the level of care we provide residents at Mercy," said Administrator Elena Vega-Castro, who is also a veteran. "Mercy is a special place both for those who call it home and the staff providing around-the-clock care."

Under the VA program, veterans at Mercy Living Center receive: 24-hour skilled nursing care, occupational and physical therapy, access to social work services, short-term physical rehabilitation services, hospice and palliative care and special care for dementia.

_To learn more about this program for veterans contact Alejandro Negron at (518) 359-8852.