Watching a loved one wither away from insufficient food and liquid intake or choke and cough when eating is traumatic.
At Lifemere we have taken a medical, nutritional and practical approach to providing you with products that offer solutions to make mealtimes more efficient, safe and enjoyable for those experiencing feeding and swallowing difficulties.
A large emphasis on “restoring dignity”emerged over the last 3 years in Aged Care and Palliative Care. Our “smart design” concept emphasising appeal, independent feeding and limiting spill target this specific need
We target more effective and safer swallowing, hydration and nutritional solutions for those experiencing difficulty or discomfort taking meals. This could be as a result of dysphagia but might also be an issue after illness, disease or disability.
Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) is a condition diagnosed by speech pathologist and medical professionals. Please see your doctor if you are experiencing difficulty or discomfort swallowing.
I became the GP of this charming lady, Rose and her astute husband Louis at the turn of the century in a small village in rural Queensland, Australia. Indeed a colourful and most interesting couple. Salt of the earth they were...
Time swiftly passed. Louis was buried and Rose, at the age of 89yrs deteriorated with dementia. Soon she was cared for in the High Care Unit of a Rural Aged Care Facility (RACF). The main problem in the otherwise physically healthy Rose became dysphagia. She aspirated (breathed into her lungs) small amounts of liquid on several occasions and things became complicated. Despite insufficient food and fluid intake, Rose would clench her teeth when food was introduced through her lips. She would then blow fiercely spraying the room and the carers with liquid food.
“Doc you know, dad was one of the top bank managers in the state and just look at him now! And mum was always at his side, cheerful and energetic. And look at the two of them - just a shade of what they have been. You know Doc, I tell you now, I don’t want to get old like this one day. I reckon this new thing of euthanasia is the answer …”
Due to a significant deterioration in his dexterity, Resident X has slowly been unable to feed himself.... I offered him the cup. To say he was delighted...
Working as a carer I have always been concerned about the hydration of the residents who were prescribed thickened fluids. The RoseCup has been invaluable in providing an alternative to the laborious spoon-feeding of the residents...