Jelly Drops developed for Dementia sufferers awarded national accolade
A UK sweet series developed to help suffers of Dementia in boosting their water levels has claimed a national award for its potential use in hospitals, care homes and the wider community.
Lewis Hornby, 26, invented of Jelly Drops in response to his late Grandma Pat’s struggle with dehydration while suffering from the mental degeneration condition.
He was delighted that his product has now claimed the Innovation Award 2020 at the National Dementia Care Awards, an annual event organised to highlight excellence and innovation for those working with people with dementia, in hospitals, care homes, and within the community as a whole.
Jelly Drops are designed to boost your water intake and were launched in the UK in October 2020. The product was developed by 26-year-old inventor, Lewis Hornby, The sweets contain 95% water and electrolytes.
The sugar-free, vegan, bite-sized sweets come in six bright colours and fruity flavours to attract attention and a teardrop shape that makes them easy to pick up. Jelly Drops also empowers elderly and those with dementia to feed themselves independently throughout the day, as well as promotes enjoyable interactions between carers, family members and residents.
Speaking on his award, Hornby said: “We are humbled to be recognised as one of the game changers in Dementia care, alongside some of the very best names in the industry. We’re truly touched by the response to Jelly Drops from not only our customers and their carers, but also from the whole dementia community. This is a very special moment for us and we’re excited to continue to innovate in this space, and are more determined than ever to improve the millions of lives affected by dementia.”
Michelle Davies, Senior Innovator at the Alzheimer’s Society comments: “Congratulations to the Jelly Drops team. Their fantastic product is already making a real difference to people living with dementia and we are absolutely thrilled that all of their hard work and commitment has been recognised. Alzheimer’s Society’s Innovation team are proud to have supported Jelly Drops through our accelerator programme, which helps quickly develop and bring to life solutions to the challenges people with dementia face on a daily basis