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Man makes special 'sweets' to help his granny with dementia

A simple thing that Lewis Hornby noticed led to him making an amazing discovery. 

His grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was not drinking enough water and he was getting worried about her. 

So, he thought of something that would help her to get the fluids into her system that she needed…jelly drops. 

Lewis invented these brightly coloured bite-sized balls of liquid that are easier to swallow than water, but they hydrate you just the same. 

Amazing, right?

Lewis is well-experienced in the area of caring for people with dementia as he has spoken with dementia psychologists, consulted with doctors about how to make the hydrating product. 

He explains about the product on his website, saying that is, "for people with dementia the symptoms of dehydration are often mistakenly attributed to their underlying condition, meaning it can easily go unnoticed until it becomes life-threatening.''

He relays the story that a year ago, his grandma was rushed to hospital unexpectedly and she was she was told that she was badly dehydrated.

She was back to her normal self, thankfully, after 24 hours of IV fluids yet Lewis didn't want that to happen again. 

"From my observations, people with dementia find eating much easier than drinking," says Lewis. 

''I found the best way to overcome this is to offer them a treat!"

This is an amazing service that Lewis provided for his grandmother and other people with dementia – well done Lewis! 

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