Jelly Drop

Jelly Drops sweets to tackle dehydration in dementia

Inspired by his grandmother Pat, Lewis Hornby has invented bright, bite-sized sweets known as Jelly Drops to tackle dehydration in dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to be partnering with the Jelly Drops team to bring their fantastic product to people living with dementia.

Lewis’ story

Lewis’ grandmother Pat is living with dementia and was sadly hospitalised due to dehydration. Inspired by his grandmother’s love for sweets, Lewis put his innovative skills to the test and developed bright, raindrop shaped sweets known as Jelly Drops. The sweets are made up of 90% water and other electrolytes to make them even more hydrating.

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Lewis Hornby and his grandmother Pat.

Lewis and the Jelly Drops team have worked closely with Pat and other people with dementia to develop their fantastic product. This week the team were also awarded the people’s choice award at [email protected]  

Bringing Jelly Drops to the people who need them

Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to be supporting Jelly Drops over the next year through our Accelerator programme

Our panel of experts and people affected by dementia worked with the Society to select Accelerator partners who receive £100,000 to continue to develop their product and bring them to the people who need them faster. 

Over the next year Alzheimer’s Society will be working closely with the Jelly Drops team to continue to develop their brilliant product alongside people affected by dementia and bring it to the market.

Jelly Drops team

The Jelly Drops team.

Dehydration and dementia

Dehydration is a common issue for older people and especially those with dementia.

Often people living with dementia will forget to drink or will not be interested in drinking. Unfortunately this can lead to confusion and even hospitalisation.

This effect is often exaggerated as the symptoms of dehydration can be confused with the symptoms of dementia. This makes it more difficult to spot dehydration in people living with the condition. 

Can I purchase Jelly Drops today?

At this stage Jelly Drops are not available to buy as they are still in development.

Alzheimer’s Society will be working with the Jelly Drops team to support them to develop their product and make it available as widely as possible to people affected by dementia.

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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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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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I would love my husband Norman to have some of these jellies what a brilliant idea

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Is there an update on the availability of these hydration jellys?

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It is my hope that Jelly Drops are marketed Sooner than Later this can actually save the lives of our loved ones...my mothers is a 81 year old dementia patient who flat out refuses to drink the fluids recommended to keep her hydrated her kidneys are in a crisis mode of failing if something such as Jelly Drops doesn't arrive and arrive soon

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Please get these in production Asap. I have been hearing about them for nearly 3years now and still waiting. I cant believe, there isnt anything already on the market. Such a massive part of keeping our loved ones healthy, so simple.

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Can’t wait to get these for my mom
She suffers severe dehydration and dementia

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Keep going ! An invention borne out of love and necessity has great chance of success! I tried to sign up to keep informed but page had errors, but I guess this organisation will keep us informed. My mother has levy body’s dementia , ( were in nz ) and regular get dehydrated so soft jelly looses sound ideal. Please use natural colourings and make vegan if possible and your market will go on for ever as millennials age !

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Hola exelente idea pero quisiera saber cuando van ha salir a la vente

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My grandmother is in a nursing home and has Alzheimer's and Dementia and I would love to be able to get these for her. Great idea and keep up the work and bringing these to life!

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Here's how you know you have a good product. I saw a quick video about these at least a year ago, and when I found out this Thanksgiving that my Aunt has started refusing to drink liquids, this was the first thing I thought about. I hope these go into development soon.

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How much longer till we are able to purchase? Every year I look online and it says they are still working on it.

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Kudos!!! This is a perfect idea!! We all know how much the elderly love their sweets and not water! How clever! Can’t wait to buy these for my mom with Alzheimer’s! Thank you!

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This concept needs to be taken to the Health minister, but you need to have more exposure on Tv Internet GP’s finding a sponsor would be the first thing. Water 💦 jelly drops need to be made available to all with need off water ( medical ,disaster, drought, Nursing, Rest and the list goes on.

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These sound just what I am looking for for my Mum who has Dementia.
Are they available to buy yet?

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