"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.
At Lifemere we embrace and celebrate the value of every life.
To fight for food and life
The RoseCup Story - by Dr. Gawie Roux
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...
Inspired by people affected by Dysphagia
Difficulty or discomfort when swallowing
Dysphagia is associated with a wide range of medical conditions and is a result of damage to the nerves and muscles used for swallowing. Symptoms of dysphagia include choking and coughing on swallowing and food sticking & causing discomfort.
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.
Clinical Trials and Testimonies
"My husband has Huntington’s Disease and the cup has been of great assistance with assisting him with drinking at this stage. Originally he was only using the cup to drink thickened water and now he uses the cup for all his drinks. This is the only cup that he has been comfortable to use and made it extremely easy to transition from normal cups and glasses. This cup helps with regulating the flow for him. He was so comfortable with the cup that we purchased a second cup and now the two cups are making life just so much better, and the shaker has been a great help while making it easier to thickening his drinks. We also have all the attachments and no doubt the time will come when he is using the spoon as well.
It has been such a help to us that I have recommended it to others."