My name’s Lewis and these are jelly drops.
They’re designed to overcome dehydration amongst people with dementia in care homes.
It doesn’t taste too bad either.
After Grandma was taken to hospital with dehydration it became apparent to methat little things like not drinking enough can really have a massive effect on people with dementia.
When I first gave them to her she ate seven in the first ten minutesand that’s equivalent to drinking about a glass of water.
So yeah, obviously when Grandma started putting them away it was great.
This is an orange-flavoured jelly drop.
It’s solid and it’s quite firm so it’s easy to pick up.
Dehydration in dementia is quite a significant problem.
People, especially in care homes,
but even living within their own homes, can frequently find themselves to suffer the effects of dehydration.
For example the urine infections, the increased confusion, the increased headaches.
Any individual product would obviously need some research
to look into whether that is the most effective way of working.
But anything that helps to encourage somebody to drink, somebody to get fluid inside them has to be a good thing.
But equally something like eating grapes or oranges,or something that has a high fluid content that they might be more likely to pick up.
So I have a number of care homes interested trialing Jelly Drops further.
After I do this and get more information, more insights, I’m looking to put them into mass production.
Whilst it’s more expensive than drinking a glass of tap water it’s a lot more difficult to care for peopleonce they’re dehydrated so I think there’s definitely an economic argument to be had.
The response I’ve got from around the world basically who know people with dementia and have seen this idea.
The number of people that said, you know, it’s impossible, to get, you know, my relative such-and-such to drink anything but they absolutelylove candy and you know, they’d absolutely want to interact with this sort of thing.