Care home trials of a new smart mug hydration solution have increased residents’ daily fluid intake by almost two-thirds.
Trials of The Droplet® smart mug and tumbler at Aliwal Manor Care Home in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Polebrook Nursing Home in Polebrook, Northamptonshire saw the levels of people not drinking enough to remain hydrated fall from 67% to 8%.
Droplet founder, Ellie Van Leeuwen, said: “We are delighted with the results of the care home trials at Aliwal Manor Care Home and Polebrook Nursing Home which showed a significant increase in residents drinking water over an eight-week period.
“Our goal has always been to support residents and carers in helping to monitor hydration better and we hope that with the introduction of Droplet, carers will be supported in identifying the signs of dehydration early on. It’s really encouraging to see Droplet having such a positive impact in care homes, saving valuable staff resources and improving the health and wellbeing of residents.”
Droplet is a modular hydration solution that actively encourages people to drink more. The smart mug’s design features flashing lights and friendly recorded messages to support and encourage people to independently hydrate, lessening the risk of dehydration in hospitals, care homes and at home.
The design features a sophisticated base that identifies when the user has not drunk for some time and activates lights/messaging to remind them to take a drink. As well as benefiting 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.
Aliwal home manager Karen Saberton told CHP: “The Droplet would particularly benefit people living at home or in hospital and in nursing homes with greater levels of dependency. We found the mug’s flashing light design particularly useful for night-time runs.”