"We recognise the day-to-day challenges of both sufferers and carers and will continue to develop specialised products to assist dysphagia patients and carers of those within every age group and level of disability."
Dr Gawie and Hannelie Roux have been working together in General Practice and Aged Care for nearly 20 years. Dr Gawie Roux is a Medical Doctor and Hannelie is a Registered Nurse.
Lifemere was originally known as Bayro No 1. Undergoing a rebrand in 2017, with the RoseCup product ranges as a primary focus.
The design, development and refinement of the RoseCup, the innovative attachments and thickened fluid food range, has been ongoing for 7 years.
The Roux's and their team care deeply about aged care and specifically about finding solutions for people with nutrition and swallowing difficulties.
Carer education is also important to the Lifemere team. By providing educational materials they aim to increase awareness and encourage professional diagnosis to assist those suffering from feeding and swallowing difficulties.
Lifemere continues to work closely with Speech Pathologists, Nutritionists, Carers and other professionals to provide safer swallowing solutions to support carers and those experiencing difficulties swallowing.
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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...
Dysphagia is a serious condition – there is a high risk of food and/or drink passing into the airways if not managed properly which can cause pneumonia. People with dysphagia are also at risk of poor nutrition because of the effort required to eat and/or drink.
People with dysphagia frequently require modification of the texture of food (soft, minced and moist or smoothly pureed) and/or their fluids to be thickened in order to make swallowing as safe as possible.
If you or a family member has dysphagia, a specialist medical practitioner or speech therapist will advise you on the modification level that is right for you.
"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. I have seen a big change in the confidence of some residents, since they have been able to drink thickened fluids without the assistance of a carer. An awesome device which not only provides a means to consume thickened fluids, but also empowers the user by putting control of their hydration needs back in their own hands."