A New Home for Veterans

As a U.S. Army veteran, William Lyon was eligible to receive the specialized care offered at a skilled nursing facility.  The challenge he faced was that none of the nursing homes in northern New York were approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide the care he needed, until now.

 Mercy Living Center in Tupper Lake was recently approved by the VA to provide skilled nursing care to veterans who meet certain requirements.  The Living Center was chosen based on its quality of care, consistent positive survey outcomes, and a caring and knowledgeable staff.   Prior to this designation for Mercy, local veterans needing long-term care would have to go to Albany, Saratoga or Burlington, Vt.

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

 “We all value and applaud the sacrifice members of the military have made for our nation,” said Elena Vega-Castro, administrator for Mercy Living Center. “We are honored to serve those who can benefit from the personal and skilled care we provide at Mercy.”

 “We also see this as a clear validation of the level of care we provide all residents at Mercy,” said Ms. Vega Castro, who is also a veteran. “Mercy is a special place for those who call it home, and the staff providing around the clock care in this tight-knit and supportive community.”


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William Lyon is a U.S. Army World War II veteran who was able to receive skilled nursing care at Mercy Living Center through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Lyon was chatting with Mercy administrator Elena Vega-Castro, who is also a U.S. Army Veteran and active duty member of the U.S. Army Reserves.


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

• Special care for dementia

To learn more about this program for veterans, contact Alejandro Negron, social worker for Mercy Living Center, at (518) 359-8852.