British inventor Lewis Hornby has devised ‘rehydration sweets’ which could save the lives of dementia patients. Jelly Drops are sugar-free, made from 95 per cent water and electrolytes.
A British inventor has devised ‘rehydration sweets’ – which could save the lives of dementia patients.
The sweets, called Jelly Drops, are a sugar-free snack made from 95 per cent water and electrolytes.
Lewis Hornby, 26, developed the product over two years after learning that forgetting to drink, or being unable to, is a common issue for people with dementia.
Lewis Hornby (pictured left) invented the rehydration sweets which could save the lives of dementia patients across the world after his late grandmother Pat (pictured right) was sent to hospital with dehydration.
A 2015 study found that 37 per cent of elderly people admitted to hospital are acutely dehydrated.
Mr Hornby, from Burscough, Lancashire, has received £100,000 in funding from the Alzheimer’s Society and will donate 1 per cent of profits to the charity.
The soft vegan sweets come in six fruit flavours and are sold in trays of 24 – equivalent to 300ml of water.
Mr Hornby, who spent time in care homes to study the needs of dementia patients, said: ‘Many don’t feel thirst, don’t recognise cups and don’t have the dexterity to use cups.’
Mr Hornby was inspired to create the sweets after his late grandmother, Pat, was taken to hospital in 2018.
The family were told to expect the worst but the problem proved to be dehydration and the pensioner made a full recovery, enjoying a good quality of life before her death due to Covid-19 this year.
These soft vegan sweets come in six fruit flavours and are sold in trays of 24 – equivalent to 300ml of water.
A Masters student at Imperial College London at the time, Mr Hornby contacted dementia experts and even moved into his grandmother’s care home for a month to investigate the dehydration issue.
He said: “Many of the residents would put food in their drink or pour the drinks away… By far the biggest problem I found was that they…
By Sabi Phagura for MailOnline
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