Have you heard about jelly drops? They are a sweet that is designed to make it easy to help people boost their daily water intake.
We think that Jelly Drops are a fantastic idea and a great way to combat dehydration, especially amongst those with dementia.
These fantastic sweets are the brainchild of Lewis Hornby. His inspiration came following his grandma Pat’s admission to hospital with severe dehydration. Pat had dementia and Lewis wanted to find a solution that might help to prevent dehydration.
The sweets are presented in an inviting box, similar to a box of chocolates. They are an easy, low calorie and tasty way to boost water intake. Jelly drops are 95% water but solid when you eat them, easily breaking apart in the mouth, although if you have swallowing difficulties you should consult a Speech and Language Therapist prior to use
The Jelly Drop water sweets don’t need to be kept in the fridge and have a shelf life of up to 3 months.
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Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it’s not treated, it can get worse and become a serious problem.
Symptoms of dehydration:
- feeling thirsty
- dark yellow and strong-smelling pee
- feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- feeling tired
- a dry mouth, lips and eyes
- peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day
Sometimes people you care for do not have a sense of how much they’re drinking. To help them:
- make sure they drink during mealtimes
- make drinking a social thing, like “having a cup of tea”
- offer them food with a high water content – for example, soups, ice cream or jellies, or fruits like melon
A pharmacist can recommend oral rehydration sachets. These are powders that you mix with water and then drink.