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Jelly Drops sweets available now - a simple and tasty way 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 latest progress on the development of this exciting product.

This article was first published on 14 June 2019 and updated on 13 July 2020. 

What are Jelly Drops?

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

They were invented by Lewis Hornby, who was inspired by his 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. 

Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to have partnered with Lewis and the Jelly Drops team over the last year through our Accelerator Programme

We are excited to announce that the Jelly Drops team have begun to deliver their fantastic product. 

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Lewis Hornby and his grandmother.

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

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When will these be available in the US?

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Superb idea - congratulations and well done

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I just tried to order but it said it’s only available in United Kingdom and I live in the United States of America. I really would like to order these!! I work with a lot of Dementia/Alzheimer Patients. I tried to find a phone number for you and couldn’t find one anywhere?? Please advise if I can order. Thx, Charla Webb 🙂👍🏻🙏🏻

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My Dad is constantly forgetting to drink and is dehydrated as a result. Is it possible to buy these or for him to be party to any trial?

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Hi Sharon, thanks for your comment.

The Jelly Drops are now available to buy, either as a one-off or subscription. You can find more details and order via the website: https://jellydrops.com/products/shop-jelly-drops

Hope this helps,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

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Can’t get them shipped to US. Are you working with Amazon or another distributor to get these in US? Would love to try them for my husband who doesn’t drink enough water and likes sweets. Dehydration makes his already low normal BP worse. Thank you.

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I saw these jelly drops today when given to my brother who has Hepatic Encephalopathy with dementia type symptoms. His fluid intake his low and when he was given one of these jelly drops (Raspberry) today his face simply lit up and the sounds he made were of pure enjoyment. Seems like a great innovation. Good luck with getting them more widely available. UK

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some hydration methods I have found useful that can be purchased:
jelly/Jell O in the US - this can be bought in sugarfree low cal versions and are high in water
adding sugar/salt combination to water (if they can/will still drink). There are recipes available online
Rehydration powder- I usually buy this from a health food store locally. I would add it to a favoured food or Jelly/Jell O
These are just some options you could try (with clearance from medical professionals first)

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Why are these still in development? It's been years! My mom is now at a severe stage of dimentia and won't drink or swallow water.

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I know my Husband will not drink water or very little . With that he constantly has constipation and it is not a good thing which i told the nurse today . I will have to mention these jelly sweets to them. Wether or not they will get them i don't know. I will have to try and get them myself.

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Please tell me where and when I can purchase these?

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Amazing looking product and heard of these jellies from my friend..would love to order some of these for my Mum. They look so juicy and fun x

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Are these available for purchase, my mom is 82 with Alzheimers and we have been looking for something like this to keep her hydrated.

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I would love for these to become available soon! I work with disabled adults (brain injury, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. We have such a hard time getting them to stay hydrated. These would be AMAZING in my residents home.

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God bless you for inventing such edibles for the patients. Alzheimer's patients do need more food products like this as they are in complete denial for most normal food. Please make this a available as soon as possible. I love my mom.

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Any update on when these might be available? My mom needs them now. (Late stage Alz)

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Too bad you can’t get this. She is 94 and I think I could get her to do this. Please make sugarfree for the Diabetics later down the road.

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you could buy sweet moulds and make jelly shapes yourself

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How can I make these jelly drops. I need the ingredients please.
My mom is 91 yrs old this year, and she is not
drinking a lot. Thanks

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My dad has a throat stoma that constantly leaks so he is chronically dehydrated. PLEASE HELP ME. HOW CAN I GET THESE?? Or get him into a trial? APRIL 2020.

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