Good old Jelly, the traditional British dessert. But is it more than just a tasty pudding? Jelly for elderly people also helps maintain good hydration levels.
I have always associated jelly with children’s parties. However, having spoken to someone who nursed her husband who was dying from Motor Neurone Disease she mentioned she regularly gave him jelly to help keep him hydrated.
Surprisingly it stands to reason, making a sugar-free jelly with 3/4 of a pint of water provides a tasty and easy way to add more fluid to an elderly person’s diet.
Not only is it easy to swallow if an elderly person has no teeth or poor dentures, but it is also a sweet treat that can still be healthy for them.
To add extra nutrients add some soft pureed fruit such as bananas, strawberries or raspberries. It is a good idea to press fruits such as raspberries, blackberries and strawberries through a sieve to remove pips. This helps provide a nicer texture. Tinned fruit such as apricots or pears is also ideal if soft fruit is out of season or too expensive. The addition of some single cream or milk to the jelly mix also increases calories if weight loss or maintenance is an issue.
Jelly Drops came to market as a result of a young man’s concerns about his Grandmother not drinking enough. These are now a global success with rave reviews. These are little fruit drops filled with water. Not only have they proved helpful to elderly people but also to people with learning difficulties, having chemotherapy and those with difficulty swallowing fluid, especially people with dementia.