Some of our AMU Staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with the droplet beakers
People living with dementia can experience problems with the daily routine and this includes eating & drinking. Sometimes people are unable to communicate or recognise that they are thirsty which means they often forget to take a drink. This can lead to headaches, increased confusion, urinary tract infections and constipation, all of which can make the symptoms of dementia worse.
On the flip side, dehydration can create symptoms similar to dementia – an experience which can be confusing for both the person and carer when simply rehydrating them back to good health may be all that is required!
Drinking a sufficient amount of water along with a healthy balanced diet is a core part of managing the condition and is essential to support the physical and mental well-being of dementia sufferers. An older person is recommended to have 2-3 pints of water a day (that’s around 6 tea cups!)
How can a cup like Droplet® help?
Ward 10 staff at our Princess Royal Hospital
Droplet® identifies when the user has not drunk for some time and uses subtle flashing lights and recorded audio messages to remind the person to take a drink. Entirely customisable, it is designed inthe familiar shape of the mugs and cups we use at home, making it recognisable for dementia sufferers and more enjoyable to drink from than the ‘baby beaker’ style cups often used in care homes and hospitals.
Familiar objects, routines & sounds form an important part of dementia care. With this in mind, the Droplet® reminder base has been designed to allow loved ones and carers to record positive messages that gently encourage the user to drink. As well as benefitting the user, it also alerts the carer so they can monitor hydration levels and patterns in patients whilst spotting the signs of potential dehydration early on.