Becoming the Executive Director of The Greens at Greenwich has been a continuation of my passion and life’s journey in celebrating life through people and their stories.   My education in the arts and becoming a creative arts psychotherapist has informed my overall philosophy and my work here at the Greens.    I encourage the celebration of the unexpected.   I am invested in honoring lives and embracing as well as creating family.    A resident will wander into my office and I will put down what I am doing to spend time with them.   Each and every day I am reminded of the soul and spirit of every human being and look to engage it.

Residents, their families and the stories of their lives are what energize me.  As a board certified supervisor of drama therapy and a licensed creative arts therapist and administrator, developing a creative arts therapy program and a teaching site for master’s level students was an important part of my first year’s work.  Adding the arts as an integral part of the philosophy of care at The Greens at Greenwich was well received and only added to the already unique assisted living residence in the county.

Our Program staff consists of a dance/movement therapist, a music therapist and an art therapist.  Besides providing their unique expertise, they offer other important groups and programs including discussion groups, brain games, lectures, exercise programs, spiritual services and weekly trips. These are meant to engage, empower and give voice to the human spirit.

We’re a small Home with 28 apartments, two lounges, a great room for dining and socializing and a garden that can take your breath away.    Our smaller size is by design and another point which differentiates our facility.   The Greens is easy to navigate, softly decorated and intimate.   This encourages interaction and stimulation throughout the day.

Each one of our residents has a long rich history.  Perhaps they are lost in the memory of the mind, but not in the body or the spirit.  There is still uniqueness in the way a former seamstress touches any fabric, a librarian looks through a book or a custodian assesses his environment.    We can identify a former teacher or a nurse in the way in which they relate to one another.    At The Greens I encourage staff to look and sense beyond the words so as to see the “person” before them.

Laughter, joy, tears and comfort are felt in abundance at the Greens.  It’s palpable and I am proud that we celebrate and honor the humanity that represents us all.

I would be delighted to set up a tour or have a cup of coffee with you to find out how your family might become a part of our family at The Greens.

Maria Scaros-Mercado, Executive Director, The Greens at Greenwich

Maria Scaros-Mercado is a healthcare administrator, clinician and educator.  Her credentials include a board certified supervisor of drama therapy, a licensed creative arts therapist and a certified clinical interfaith chaplain.    She received her BA from Hunter College; her MA and MEd from Columbia University and completed post graduate work in arts psychotherapy at NYU.

To learn more about how Maria’s Aunt Kitty inspired her to find her tender heart, click here.