Many residents of assisted living facilities often feel more secure in the knowledge that if they fall, help is just around the corner. However, a senior who breaks a bone or hits their head often has a long road to recovery ahead of them.
Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities may soon be administering vitamin D to patients in an effort to prevent such falls from happening, after experts revealed that patients who received a daily dose of the nutrient were less likely to fall than those who did not.
The review was conducted by the Cochrane Library, because it has been found that patients are more likely to fall in an assisted living facility than they are if they are living independently.
The researchers found that patients who took Vitamin D had a 28 percent lower risk of falling than those who did not.
The study also investigated other ways that staff at assisted living facilities could prevent falls, and they found that administering vitamin D in combination with other initiatives, such as making sure that patients get exercise and are using the equipment which equipment?, further insured the safety of residents.