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Jelly Drops 'water sweets' help to boost daily water intake

Alzheimer’s Society has supported the development of Jelly Drops, bite-sized sweets designed to increase your water intake. Find out about the new and improved recipe for this exciting product, and how they've been helping people during the pandemic.

What are Jelly Drops?

Jelly Drops are bite-sized, sugar-free sweets containing 95 per cent water and added electrolytes. 

They were invented by Lewis Hornby, who was inspired by his late grandmother and her love for sweets. Lewis developed bright, raindrop-shaped sweets as an easy way to increase her daily water intake. 

Lewis and his Jelly Drops team have worked alongside people with dementia, doctors and dementia psychologists to develop their fantastic product. 

Lewis and his late grandma Pat tasting Jelly Drops

Lewis Hornby and his late grandmother, Pat

Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to have partnered with Lewis and the Jelly Drops team through our Accelerator Programme during the product's development.

Since launching in July 2020, we've been excited to see Jelly Drops reaching people living with dementia who want them. Now, the team is returning with a new and improved recipe for their refreshing water sweets. 

The new Jelly Drops are smoother, slightly firmer and more elastic - more sweety like!

'I was lucky enough to be able to taste test the new and improved Jelly Drops and thoroughly enjoyed them,' said Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer's Society. 

'Not only do they have a lovely natural flavour, but it’s great that they’re also made with no artificial colours. We’ve already seen many people living with dementia enjoy and benefit from Jelly Drops, but the team’s commitment to continuing to improve their fantastic product will hopefully help Jelly Drops reach even more people in the future.'

How Jelly Drops have helped people during the coronavirus pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Jelly Drops team have worked even harder to make their water sweets available to the most vulnerable people in our society.

People living in care homes have been a primary concern for the Jelly Drops team during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Jelly Drops team are also helping to cater to a small number of NHS coronavirus hospital wards, not just for the patients but also for the NHS staff. Members of staff are finding that long shifts and personal protective equipment (PPE) often leave them feeling dehydrated. 

Dehydration and dementia

Dehydration is a common challenge for older people, and especially those with dementia. Memory problems mean that people living with dementia can often forget to drink enough water. 

What’s more, the part of the brain that tells you when you’re thirsty, doesn’t always work properly. Unfortunately, this can lead to confusion and even hospitalisation.

Jelly Drops team

The Jelly Drops team.

How can I get some Jelly Drops? 

There has been a huge demand for Jelly Drops since they were first introduced to the public in June 2019.

Since then, the Jelly Drops team have been building up large-scale production as fast as they can. 

You can now order Jelly Drops online, either as a one-off purchase or subscription.

To get hold of your own Jelly Drops, visit the Jelly Drops website today.

Order Jelly Drops today

You can buy a single tray of Jelly Drops, or start a subscription via the website.

Buy Jelly Drops
This article was first published on 14 June 2019 and last updated on 30 March 2021. 

175 comments

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Are these jelly drops available in the united states?

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Hi Jessica,

Thanks for your interest in Jelly Drops.

Unfortunately, Jelly Drops are currently only available for shipping within the UK. But the team is working towards shipping internationally, starting with Europe and the USA.

To get updates on this, the team recommends signing up to its mailing list to be notified when they start shipping to your country: https://jellydrops.com/pages/sign-up

Hope this helps.

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Hi
Are these products available on prescription yet as my father in law definitely does not drink enough and it's a constant battle with fluids.How many jelly drops a day would you recommend?
Regards Tracy

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Hi Tracy, thanks for getting in touch.

You may find this page on the Jelly Drops website helpful: https://support.jellydrops.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360014719820-What-is-t…-

The Jelly Drops team advise that Jelly Drops are classified as confectionery so they are not able to recommend a certain usage or dosage.

If you'd like to submit your question regarding availability via prescription, you can submit a request directly to the Jelly Drops team: https://support.jellydrops.com/hc/en-gb/requests/new

We hope this helps for now,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Can we get the jelly drops in the usa im in Missouri and I work with alzheimers. Thanks

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Hi Tonya,

Thanks for your interest in Jelly Drops.

Unfortunately, Jelly Drops are currently only available for shipping within the UK. But the team is working hard towards shipping internationally, starting with Europe and the USA.

For updates on this, the team recommends signing up to its mailing list to be notified when they start shipping to your country: https://jellydrops.com/pages/sign-up

Hope this helps,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Hi,
I am the Kiama Dementia Friendly Project Officer here in NSW Australia. This is an amazing breakthrough in addressing the issue of dehydration for people living with dementia. Are there any plans to export to Australia, I know so many people who would benefit from these drops.
Kind regards,
Michael Preston

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Hi Michael,

Thanks for your comment, and interest in Jelly Drops!

Unfortunately, Jelly Drops are currently only available for shipping within the UK. But the team is currently working hard towards shipping internationally, starting with Europe and the USA.

For updates on when Jelly Drops may be coming to Australia and other parts of the world, the team recommends signing up to its mailing list: https://jellydrops.com/pages/sign-up

Hope this helps,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Hello is there any feed back with patients experiencing vivid hallucinations. We have been told the hallucinations are getting worse because my nan is dehydrated and not drinking enough. I have purchased some drops to see if they help but I wanted to know if anyone has experience with this.
Thank you

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As someone who works in a nursing home i think all nursing homes should have to have these i seen so many workers that forget certain patients have dementia and they for get to stay hydrated it would be awesome if these could be applied to all nursing homes nation wide all nursing homes need to be equipped with this it should be mandatory for nursing homes to have this and have every cna or nurse give thes to their patients when they are doing their rounds!!!!

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Is there any shop, supermarket etc that sells these as personally I'd find it much easier buying them in person than ordering them online?

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Hi Jacob,

Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately, there is currently no mention of Jelly Drops being sold in shops or supermarkets.

According to the Jelly Drops website, you can purchase Jelly Drops in two ways. Either you can request a free tray and subscribe (with the option to cancel at any time), or you can buy a single tray as a one-off purchase. More information can be found on their website: https://www.jellydrops.com/products/shop-jelly-drops

Alternatively, you can contact the Jelly Drops team directly about your question here: https://support.jellydrops.com/hc/en-gb/requests/new

Hope this helps.

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Hi, my Mum is late stage and is struggling to get water in but another issue is she has severe dysphagia. Would these be suitable for someone with sever difficulty swallowing?

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Hi Ian, thanks for getting in touch.

You may find this page on the Jelly Drops website helpful: https://support.jellydrops.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360014763999-I-have-sw…-

The Jelly Drops team does not recommend these to people with swallowing difficulties.

Hope this helps for now,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Hi I work with family members whom suffer with dementia I do all the purée textures and stages I was wounded if if u could start me in the right direction on how I can make these in house pls or do u have to have a special mix

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Hi Rosemary,

Thank you for your enquiry. Unfortunately, the recipe for Jellydrops is not available, but you are able to purchase trays online via their website:
https://www.jellydrops.com/

For other enquiries about Jelly Drops, you can also contact the Jelly Drops team directly here: https://support.jellydrops.com/hc/en-gb/requests/new

Hope this helps.

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Hi There my dad has dementia and is really bad at drinking water. Getting urine infection. We take care of him at home so its hard for our mum. Don't you ship it elsewhere . I wouldnt mind buying it online. My dad lives in New Zealand.

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Hi Kalesh,

Thanks for your interest.

Unfortunately, Jelly Drops are currently only available for shipping within the UK. The team is now working hard towards shipping internationally, starting with Europe and the USA.

Instead, the team recommends signing up to its mailing list to be notified when they start shipping to your country: https://jellydrops.com/pages/sign-up

Hope this helps,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Can you get these in the United States?

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Hi Lisa,

Not at the moment, but the Jelly Drops team is working hard towards shipping internationally, starting with Europe and the United States.

Instead, on their FAQs page (https://support.jellydrops.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360014763479-Where-do-…) they recommend signing up to their mailing list to be notified of updates regarding international shipping: https://www.jellydrops.com/pages/sign-up

They don't have a time frame to share yet.

We hope this helps.

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Can I get a sample ? Dont want to commit until I can be assured that it will be of benefit

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Hi Katrina,

Thanks for your question.

There is an option on the Jelly Drops website for a free tray when you subscribe. All you have to pay is the postage (£3.95) on your first tray, and then you select how often they are delivered afterwards, or you can cancel this or change the frequency at any time.

https://www.jellydrops.com/products/shop-jelly-drops

That might be a good option if you want to see if they're helpful first. Otherwise the price starts at £7.95 to order a single tray of Jelly Drops.

Hope this is helpful,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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I need jelly drops for my mother who lives in Rome. Where is it possible to buy? Thank you

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Hi Alessandra,

The Jelly Drops team are working hard towards shipping internationally, starting with Europe and the United States, but they don't have a time frame to share yet.

Instead, on their FAQs page (https://support.jellydrops.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360014763479-Where-do-…) they recommend signing up to their mailing list to be notified of updates regarding international shipping: https://www.jellydrops.com/pages/sign-up

We hope this helps.

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Alzheimer's Society blog team

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I would like to get these for my mom but I live in the United States. Is there a way we can get them in the US?

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Hi Stacy, thanks for your comment.

Jelly Drops are currently only shipping within the UK.

The team is now working hard towards shipping internationally, starting with Europe and the USA, but there isn't a time frame for this yet. Instead, you can sign up to the Jelly Drops mailing list to be notified when they begin shipping to your country: https://jellydrops.com/pages/sign-up

Many thanks,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Are these suitable for diabetics and people with several other medical conditions?

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Hi Pauline, thanks for your comment.

You may find this page on the Jelly Drops website helpful: https://support.jellydrops.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360014763519-I-have-di…

Jelly Drops contain no sugar and only 14 g of carbs per box, but the Jelly Drops team still recommend consulting with a medical professional if you have any concerns.

We hope this helps,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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