New and innovative user-friendly smart cups are being trialled for six months by the NHS to help keep patients regularly hydrated and reduce the risk of urine infections.
The hydration cups are to be piloted in four care homes, three in Southend (Admiral Court, Delaware and Priory House) and one in Castle Point and Rochford locality (Elizabeth House).
Each resident will receive a tumbler and mug along with the base unit. Encouraging and supportive messages can be either be pre-set or recorded by a family member to remind the resident or their carer to take in fluids. A night light glows to help the user find their cup at night or flashes when a person has not had a drink for 20 minutes. It is hoped that the number of residents being admitted for urine infections will decrease due to the prompt of the cups.