Man Invents An Easier Way To Keep Dementia Patients Hydrated With Edible Water
Brit Lewis Hornby was trying to help his family. His pure intentions inspired him to create creating something that can help out so many other people while helping his grandmother.
Struggles With Hydration
Pat, Hornby’s grandmother, has dementia. She was hospitalized for dehydration and had to spend 24 hours getting fluids through an IV. This incited Hornby to find a way to help her stay hydrated. Many other patients with dementia experience serious dehydration. With the severe memory problems caused by dementia, people forget to drink, where to get water, or how to drink or swallow. Other symptoms of dementia can mask the symptoms of dehydration, which can lead to more serious problems. To figure out a way to help his grandmother and other people suffering from dementia, Hornby spent a week in a dementia care home and consulting with dementia psychologists and doctors.
The Great Idea
Hornby noticed that Pat has a sweet tooth, so he decided to disguise hydration in a sweet treat. This idea inspired him to create Jelly Drops. They are brightly colored little balls; they contain 90% water and have some gelling agents and electrolytes. These fun treats are easy to pick up and put in your mouth, just like candy. When his grandmother first tried Jelly Drops, she loved them so much she ate seven in ten minutes. Hornby said that this is “the equivalent to a cup full of water, something that would usually take hours and require much more assistance.”
Hornby has received many awards for the design he created for Jelly Drops. These awards include the Helen Hamlyn Snowdon Award for Disability, the DESIRE award from the Dyson School of Design Engineering for social impact, the Meaning-Centered Design Award, and the both Audience and People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Pitch@Place. Jelly Drops is now an official partner with the Alzheimer’s Society in the U.K. Many other people on social media have been inspired by Hornby’s desire to help patients with dementia, especially since he knows how dangerous dehydration can be for dementia patients.
Social Media Reactions
Although the Jelly Drops are intended for dementia patients, many people on Facebook see the value in having Jelly Drops for working adults, especially those that are too busy to remain hydrated. Sherry Renee Everhardt on Facebook writes, “We could use those where I work. Great idea”. Other Facebook users, such as Tamela Phelps, think that Jelly drops would be awesome for children who are sick as well as special needs children that “will not hydrate at times.”
Jelly Drops On The Market
Most users on social media are calling for Jelly Drops to be put on the market for sale so that they can help their family and friends who suffer from dementia. Sadly, the Jelly Drops are not ready to be put on the market just yet. Hornby is still fine-tuning his design to make sure he can help as many people with dementia as possible, including vegans, diabetics, and those with more difficulty swallowing. The great news is that the trials with Pat and other dementia patients have had great results and have “provided invaluable insights as we build toward launching the product.” And on August 2nd, Jelly Drops made an exciting announcement of Instagram. The caption says that “Jelly Drops are in the final stages of product development and the team will soon be moving to a factory site ready for mass production and will launch later this year.” Hopefully, people will not have to wait much longer for this life-saving invention.
You can follow Hornby and the Jelly Drops team on Twitter @JellyDrops_, Instagram @jellydropshydration, and Facebook @JellyDropsHydration.
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