Mercy Retirement & Care Center

  • Staff Spotlight: Compassionate Care in Oakland Senior Living

    Staff Spotlight: Compassionate Care in Oakland Senior Living

    After 15 years as a caregiver, this nursing assistant found her skills were ageless. In 2006, Mercy Retirement & Care Center nursing assistant Gilda Soriano and her husband Crisanto decided to relocate their family from their home in Toronto to a more temperate climate. After moving to the Golden State, Soriano—who had been working for……

  • Seniors Helping Seniors: The Fight to End Senior Hunger

    The Mercy Brown Bag Program not only helps fight hunger in the Bay Area—it enriches the lives of senior volunteers. Bill Shabbas and Bernice Smith aren’t used to asking for help. But when their car broke down two years ago, they didn’t know how they were going to get to the grocery store. At 71……

  • Sister Act: Siblings Stay Together in Oakland Assisted Living

    Sister Act: Siblings Stay Together in Oakland Assisted Living

    Two sets of sisters discover community life is even more fulfilling when they stick together. Bringing along comforts from home can help ease the transition to a senior living community. In some cases, those comforts may be framed photographs, heirlooms or a favorite piece of art. For a lucky few, it may be a sibling.……

  • Mercy Retirement & Care Center Plans for Its Second Century

    Mercy Retirement & Care Center Plans for Its Second Century

    The Oakland assisted living community is kicking off a project to engage with the neighborhood and reconfirm its commitment to local seniors. When a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco in 1906, the Sisters of Mercy were forced to relocate the elderly patients of St. Mary’s Hospital to Oakland. More than 100 years later, Mercy Retirement……

  • End-of-Life Planning Guide

    End-of-Life Planning Guide

    Talking openly about end-of-life wishes with a loved one can bring everyone peace of mind. Here’s how to create an advance care directive. Rita Shahi thought her father’s cancer was gone. So when Shahi had to rush him to the hospital because of painful abdominal bloating, she wasn’t prepared to face the cancer’s recurrence or……

  • A Day Dedicated to Senior Health and Fitness

    A Day Dedicated to Senior Health and Fitness

    Elder Care Alliance communities are coming together to celebrate holistic wellness on National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Elder Care Alliance residents never have a reason to be bored. Every community has a wide variety of activities and events designed to keep residents active and engaged. From walking clubs and gardening groups to guided meditation……