Designer invents new drinking cup system to help elderly, frail and vulnerable people stay hydrated
Innovative, practical and user-friendly; Droplet is the new modular hydration solution that actively encourages people to drink more.
Featuring a simple and engaging design that supports people to independently hydrate; it has been specifically created to lessen the risk of dehydration in hospitals, care homes, and at home.
Comprising a three-part modular system: A light and sound reminder base, mug/cup, and flow-control lid; the heart of Droplet is the highly-sophisticated base, which identifies when the user has not drunk for some time and uses flashing lights and recorded audio messages to remind the person to take a drink.
I wanted to create a product that made it easier for patients to self-hydrate, but also supported healthcare professionals in spotting the signs of dehydration
As well as benefitting the user, it also alerts the carer so they can monitor hydration levels and patterns in patients while spotting the signs of potential dehydration early on.
The innovative base seamlessly attaches to either the Droplet Mug or Tumbler and can be customised to suit the environment and needs of the user.
Encouraging and supportive messages can be either be pre-set or recorded by a family member, while a handy night light glows to help the user find their cup at night.
The three-part system includes a reminder base, mug or cup, and a flow-control lid
Other key design features include:
Created by Spearmark product designer, Ellie van Leeuwen, who was inspired to design Droplet after her own grandmother left hospital severely dehydrated; Droplet has already been welcomed into care homes and hospitals as part of pre-launch trials.
It’s wonderful to now see patients and carers benefiting so greatly from it – the feedback we’ve had from both healthcare professionals and patients has been phenomenal
van Leeuwen said: “I wanted to create a product that made it easier for patients to self-hydrate, but also supported healthcare professionals in spotting the signs of dehydration.
“I’m so proud of the final result and it’s wonderful to now see patients and carers benefiting so greatly from it – the feedback we’ve had from both healthcare professionals and patients has been phenomenal.”
Droplet is designed to support anybody who might be struggling to keep themselves well hydrated.
Elderly people are often vulnerable due to physiological changes in the ageing process, while mental and physical frailty can further increase risk of dehydration.
Patients suffering from health conditions such as dementia, diabetes, Parkinson’s, arthritis and Alzheimer’s can also benefit.