People often view socialization in an assisted living center as just a minor perk. The elderly person gets fundamental assistance with daily tasks, medical needs and things of this nature, and the fact that they get to be around workers and other seniors is just a minor upside.
It's a dangerous way to look at it because it really undersells how critical socialization is to an individual's well-being, regardless of age. The truth is that socialization can have a massive impact on an elderly person's life. It can help prevent depression and isolation, it allows them to adjust to this new time in their life and it gives them something to look forward to in the center. The overall mental and emotional toll of having to move out of a family home and into an assisted living center is largely reduced by this new chance to be social with a community of people in similar situations.
On top of that, experts point out that frequent socialization is helpful in keeping a person's mind sharp over time. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that it may help prevent dementia.
This is one reason why neglect is such a huge issue. If an elderly person ends up getting neglected and isolated, even if they get the basic medical care that they need, it can drastically change their experience. It can lead to mental and emotional issues that alter the rest of their lives. That's not how they deserve to live. If this happens to your loved one, it's crucial for you to know what legal steps you can take.