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This Design Engineer came up with sweet edible water for Dementia patients.

This Design Engineer came up with sweet edible water for Dementia patients.

Lewis Hornby, a design engineer, came up with these amazing jelly drops that can help dementia patients stay hydrated.

If you are familiar with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, you will know how cruel these two conditions are. From forgetting about their family members to losing their ability to perform basic daily life tasks, the patients are left at the mercy of caretakers.
Along with a plethora of other issues, one of the main problems Dementia patients face is dehydration. The patients can either not tell when they are thirsty, or they cannot drink water properly. Sometimes patients just forget how to swallow water.
To solve this issue, Lewis Hornby, a design engineer, came up with these jelly drop. They are sweet like candy, but around 7 Jelly drops provide as much hydration as one glass of water.

 



 

 

Hornby set off the journey of creating Jelly drops after his grandmother was admitted to the hospital for dehydration, spending 24 hours getting IV fluids.
To better understand Dementia patients’ psychology Lewis went as far as spending a week in a dementia care home and consulting with dementia psychologists and doctors.
These Jelly drops might be a game-changer.

 



 

 

He noticed how many Dementia patients, including her granny, have a sweet tooth. He decided to try disguising hydration as a fun treat.
Jelly drops are brightly colored little balls containing 90% water, with some gelling agents and electrolytes. While the main purpose of jelly drops is to provide hydration, some features of this product are important for the patients. They are easy to pop into your mouth and taste exactly like candy.

 



 

 

When Lewis first tried Jelly Drops with his grandmother, they were an instant hit. She ate 7 of them in one go, which is equivalent to a cup full of water, something that would usually take hours and require much more assistance.

 



 

 

As word of Jelly drops got out, Lewis has been racking up design awards. He has been given the Helen Hamlyn Snowdon Award for Disability, the Helen Hamlyn Snowdon Award for Disability, both the Audience and People’s Choice Award at the 2019 [email protected] and the DESIRE award for social impact from the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

 



 

 

The Jelly drops are not available for sale as of now. Lewis wants to make sure his design is safe for all Dementia patients.

Article Source: Diply

Image Source: Instagram

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