Why Us

Why Assisted Living at Mattanja?

Family members or caregivers need to move slowly and with compassion when they try to convince an elder to move from the family home. However, once the adjustment is made, many elders are thrilled with the change.

Why Mattanja? Here are some reasons.

Peace of mind – We call it “Care that’s always there”. Families can rest assured that their loved one will always have assistance available. Assistance with everyday needs is a moment away. Licensed staff is on hand 24 hours a day to meet your needs.

Safety – In today’s crime ridden age, where so many vulnerable & frail people falls victim to burglary or attack, we cannot be careful enough. Mattanja is set up to provide a safe, secure, monitored and comfortable environment where our residents are protected against such crimes; which might have occurred if they have been staying alone in their home. Just the fact that there are other people around makes communal living safer than being alone in a house.

Meals – Appetites diminish as we age, plus many people don’t enjoy eating alone. Elders; home alone often warm up something in the microwave or on the stove rather than preparing a nourishing meal. They then may eat in front of the TV for company. In assisted living, meals are provided and they often offer many choices of food. But the biggest plus may be that people have company for their meals. When people have company for a meal, they generally eat better, so these communal meals can help keep a senior healthy. Also, – at Mattanja we keep an eye on how well the residents eat to see if supplements seem to be necessary.

Help when it’s needed – Medication dispensing , assistance with dressing, bathing and other activities of daily living is available as part of each residents inhouse plan, which can be adjusted as your needs change. We’ll build your plan to fit you and work with you to deliver the care and services you need.

Transportation – We provide transportation for shopping and to community events. We also arrange transportation for seniors who need to get to clinic appointments. The ability to go where they want is important to elders, and many seniors can no longer drive, or choose not to drive in heavy traffic.

Less worry – Even renters have to actively contact a landlord if there are plumbing or other problems in their apartment, and often they must follow up on repairs. For homeowners, it’s worse. Seniors can be taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors and repair people. They tend to be trusting and this makes them vulnerable. In assisted living, they don’t have to worry about repair responsibilities. If something doesn’t work properly, they or a loved one can alert the administration and the problem should be fixed. There’s no worry about the senior letting in a stranger to fix their bathroom pipe or getting bilked on the bill.

Socialization – Socialization is perhaps the most important reason why many people who insist that they will hate assisted living end up thriving. Many elders have slowly gotten so they don’t want to go out of their home because it’s too difficult to get where they want to go. Significant lifelong friends have health problems or have died.

Mental Health – When not actively used, social skills can decline, causing anxiety when elders do go out among people. Depression can set in, furthering their reluctance to be socially active. Elders without social exposure can become virtual hermits, except for those who have family visits. While family visits are fun, seniors needs peers, as well. In assisted living, even those who swore they’d hate it often find, once they adjust, that they again enjoy the company of peers. They play cards, listen to music, exercise, have snacks, go to community events and have people come in to entertain them.

At Mattanja we provide multiple options

At Mattanja we don’t force involvement, but we encourage residents to try different activities. The facility staff will find out what activities the senior has enjoyed in the past and try to find something similar that they can do at the center. While assisted living isn’t the answer to every elder’s living problems, it does help many have a healthier, happier life. This, in turn, often increases life expectancy. However, quality of life may be the key factor in the growing success of good assisted living facilities – such as Mattanja, as it should be with every service we provide for our elders.