When Lewis Hornby’s grandma Pat was taken to the hospital for dehydration and had to spend 24 hours on IV fluids, he wanted to do something to help. Pat has dementia and it turns out, a lot of other dementia patients have trouble staying hydrated as well, because they forget to drink water, don’t feel thirsty and are sometimes unable to swallow thin liquids.
So Lewis educated himself on the issue and started working on a way to help patients like Grandma Pat get the fluids they need. He talked to a dementia psychologist, spent a week living in a dementia care home with his grandma, and talked to doctors about creating a product that could be eaten easily and provide hydration. And that’s when Jelly Drops were invented.
They come in six bright colors that entice dementia patients and the teardrop-shaped treats are made of 90% water, along with gelling agents and electrolytes. They’re like super-hydrating gummies and the solid shapes are easier to handle and ingest than water. Lewis says his grandmother downed seven in like 10 minutes, which equals about a cup of water, and getting her to drink that much would take hours and require more assistance. Jelly Drops have won some awards and are currently being further tested in the U.K.