RoseCup

RoseCup

The RoseCup has been developed in Australia and is a TGA registered, Class 1 Medical Device. It has been designed to assist with access to nutrition and hydration for anyone struggling with feeding and swallowing or who has been diagnosed with dysphagia.

The RoseCup is designed to use with your preferred selection of attachments.

The attachments provide different levels of control for you while using your RoseCup with thickened liquids. We recommend you use NutriTaste thickened meals with the RoseCup.

NutriTaste has been created by nutritionists to boost recovery and was specifically designed to compliment the RoseCup device system to optimise functioning.

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    Spill-proof when fitted with a lid and an attachment.
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    Uses the sucking reflex to assist with swallowing.
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    Able to be used in different positions.
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    Designed to minimise head tilting.
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    Adaptable through attachment selection to suit individual need and preference.
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    Easy to clean.
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    NutriTaste thickened meals complement the 3 levels of Soft Spouts.
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    You can use your RoseCup with your own thickened liquids/meals.
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    You can purchase all components and NutriTaste sachets individually or in a starter kit.

RoseCup design specifications

RoseCup technical data

RoseCup Design Specifications
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The RoseCup has 3 handles to accommodate dexterity preferences, hemiplegia or hemiparesis and any level of carer support during the feeding process. The base of the handles extent from the cup base to provide secure tripod-like stability to the 250 ml device.
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The wide handle grip comfortably accommodates any size hand.
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A silicone over-mould enhance a secure comfortable grip of the handles.
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A breathing hole in the lid close to the back handle neutralizes negative pressure in the cup when feeding.
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The matt finish of a central square on the lid allow entry of personal information with a marker pen.
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A rigid screw-on cuff secures a removable spout. The triangle on the spout has to lineup up with the triangle on the cuff to ensure correct orientation of the spout.
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The dorsum (top) of the ergonomic designed spout is shaped to fit the anatomical curvature of the adult hard palate.
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The optimal spout length allows the deposit of the thickened liquid meal just posterior to the centre of the adult tongue. 3 Spout openings of 0.5 mm, 1.0 mm and 2.0 mm tightly control the flow of thickened liquids respectively. Carefully monitored control of flow might even improve safety when feeding in the reclined positions.
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The bulb volume is set at 3 ml. To ensure a satisfying but safely controlled tidal volume of 3 ml per suck is delivered, a prolapsing 4 cusp valve was introduced in the thin-walled endplate of the 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm spouts.
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A depression at the base of the bulb allows advantageous access for the anterior aspect of the tongue. This configuration optimises the propulsive force on the bulb content with the upward thrust of the tongue against the hard palate.
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The wide exit channel (diameter of 2.2 cm) manages to mobilise even level 3 thickened liquids from the cup into the spout. At 30-degree exit angle from the cup this achieves the remarkable ability to feed the patient in the safe near-upright sitting position.
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The flow dynamics of No 11 above could only be achieved by creating an exit opening from the cup of 5.5 cm x 2.2 cm (vertical take-up of 2/3 of the height of the cup). This large exit optimises the gravitational benefit of the cup content in the serve positions, pushing the thick liquid to exit the cup.
  • 1

    1

    The RoseCup has 3 handles to accommodate dexterity preferences, hemiplegia or hemiparesis and any level of carer support during the feeding process. The base of the handles extent from the cup base to provide secure tripod-like stability to the 250 ml device.
  • 2

    2

    The wide handle grip comfortably accommodates any size hand.
  • 3

    3

    A silicone over-mould enhance a secure comfortable grip of the handles.
  • 4

    4

    A breathing hole in the lid close to the back handle neutralizes negative pressure in the cup when feeding.
  • 5

    5

    The matt finish of a central square on the lid allow entry of personal information with a marker pen.
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    6

    A rigid screw-on cuff secures a removable spout. The triangle on the spout has to lineup up with the triangle on the cuff to ensure correct orientation of the spout.
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    The dorsum (top) of the ergonomic designed spout is shaped to fit the anatomical curvature of the adult hard palate.
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    8

    The optimal spout length allows the deposit of the thickened liquid meal just posterior to the centre of the adult tongue. 3 Spout openings of 0.5 mm, 1.0 mm and 2.0 mm tightly control the flow of thickened liquids respectively. Carefully monitored control of flow might even improve safety when feeding in the reclined positions.
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    The bulb volume is set at 3 ml. To ensure a satisfying but safely controlled tidal volume of 3 ml per suck is delivered, a prolapsing 4 cusp valve was introduced in the thin-walled endplate of the 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm spouts.
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    A depression at the base of the bulb allows advantageous access for the anterior aspect of the tongue. This configuration optimises the propulsive force on the bulb content with the upward thrust of the tongue against the hard palate.
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    The wide exit channel (diameter of 2.2 cm) manages to mobilise even level 3 thickened liquids from the cup into the spout. At 30-degree exit angle from the cup this achieves the remarkable ability to feed the patient in the safe near-upright sitting position.
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    12

    The flow dynamics of No 11 above could only be achieved by creating an exit opening from the cup of 5.5 cm x 2.2 cm (vertical take-up of 2/3 of the height of the cup). This large exit optimises the gravitational benefit of the cup content in the serve positions, pushing the thick liquid to exit the cup.

RoseCup system

RoseCup System
Volume Control

Volume control

The RoseCup provides volume control of your meal when used with the Soft Spout attachments. This occurs because you need to suck on the soft spout to release the liquid. Each time you do this only a limited amount of liquid is released into your mouth. This function prevents a continuous flow of liquid, allowing you to control the amount of fluid you take each time - reducing the risk of choking.

How does it work? The spouts have been designed to hold 3ml of thickened fluid within the spout bulb. When the bulb is compressed, the base is blocked by the tip of the tongue allowing only the content of the bulb to be delivered onto the tongue. The valve closes after the suck-cycle (restores to “hole-only” state) and no further liquid should escape from the device.

The controlled delivery limits the volume of liquid per suck-cycle to 3ml. Having to pause and then suck again before more liquid is released helps to safeguard the airways.

It is recommended that you regularly check your soft spout is working correctly before use. This can also be monitored by a carer.

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RoseCup with Soft Spouts

Swallowing

When used with the Soft Spout attachments the RoseCup assists with the process of swallowing your thickened liquid meal.

How does it do this? It creates a reflex movement of the muscles within the mouth and throat for improved swallowing. This is best demonstrated by babies that can lay flat on the back and drink a bottle of milk or water without choking - on the condition that they suck the spout before they swallow and is NOT fed with a spoon or a cup

If the swallowing mechanism in dysphagia is initiated by the suck reflex, the swallow mechanism is much more likely to be effective and complete than with traditional feeding methods. We also suspect that the reflex link between suck and swallow is so strong, that suck-initiated swallowing, likely constitutes the strongest reassurance against pharyngeal accumulations with its associated aspiration risks.

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Flow Control Spoon
Flow Control Sipper

Flow control

You can use the RoseCup with any of the three types of attachments (Spoon, Sipper or Soft Spout) while using thickened liquids.
The Sipper attachment
RoseCup with Sipper
Flow of liquid through the sipper is also controlled by tipping the attachment on an angle to allow the liquid to flow into your mouth.

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The Sipper with Flow Control Valve
RoseCup Sipper with Flow Control Insert
You can reduce the speed of the flow of liquid through the sipper attachment by inserting an Flow Control Valve. These are available as an additional option for your sipper attachment.

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The Sipper with Straw Insert
RoseCup Sipper with Straw Insert
Another option for flow control with your sipper is to insert a Straw. The Straw-Insert operates in a similar way to using a straw to suck through. This can be used while sitting upright or even leaning forward.

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RoseCup with Spoon attachment
RoseCup with Spoon
The spoon provides the option of drinking/eating at your own pace. The spoon must be tipped forward before any liquid with flow through the hole into the spoon bowl. Once full to the level you want, you can proceed to sip the liquid at your own pace.

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RoseCup with Silicone Soft Spout attachment
RoseCup with Silicone Soft Spout
When using any of the three coloured soft spouts, the flow and release of liquid is controlled by sucking on the spout. The holes in the tip of the RoseCup spouts and the NutriTaste formulas were both tweaked and matched to produce effectively NO flow through the hole of the spout when the RoseCup is tipped spout-down. This ensures that unless the patient sucks the spout first, they will not get any food deposited in their mouth.

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The RoseCup system is developed in Australia and patented worldwide to assist in the management of Dysphagia. It does support feeding and swallowing in general. The RoseCup® is named in the honour of Rose Palmada whose predicament directly lead to the discovery of the principles of feeding built into the RoseCup.

Using the RoseCup

Sitting

Sitting

  • The RoseCup has large easy-grip handles for left or right handed use.
  • The wide stable base makes it easy to handle for patients that may also have difficulty with fine motor control.
  • The cup is designed to minimise the need to tilt the head, so using it is a relaxed and comfortable experience.
  • In this position you can either use the RoseCup yourself or with the assistance of a carer or support person.
We recommend using the following attachments with your RoseCup, while you are in a seated position.
RoseCup with Green Soft Spout
RoseCup with Purple Soft Spout
RoseCup with Blue Soft Spout
RoseCup with Sipper
RoseCup with Sipper and Straw insert
RoseCup with Spoon
Reclining

Reclining

  • Eat where you’re most comfortable.
  • The RoseCup is designed to be as easy to use while in a reclined position as while sitting up.
  • It’s spill-proof lid will ensure you stay comfortable even if the cup is accidentally dropped.
  • In this position you can either use the RoseCup yourself or with the assistance of a carer or support person.
We recommend using the following attachments with your RoseCup, while in a reclined position.
RoseCup with Green Soft Spout
RoseCup with Purple Soft Spout
RoseCup with Blue Soft Spout
RoseCup with Sipper and Flow Control valve
These recommendations do not take into consideration your specific swallowing capabilities. Please speak to your GP or Speech Pathologist for a specific diagnosis and meal flow-speed recommendations.
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Easy clean instructions

  • Screw off the lid and attachments.
  • Rinse the RoseCup and attachments thoroughly and wash with luke warm soapy water. For best result use the Cleaning brushes that is available to purchase on our website. The bigger brush is specifically chosen to easy clean the bigger openings of the cup. The small brush easily reach the smaller openings of the attachments and the spouts.
  • The RoseCup is residential and commercial dishwashers safe. Tested at 88degrees Celsius.
  • If further cleaning or sterilisation is required it can also be placed in Milton after it has been cleaned.

Instructions and safety check for RoseCup use

Before every use:

  • Do an inspection of the components of the Cup.
  • Ensure that the Cup is clean and dry.
  • Check the valve (cross incision) at the end of the green and purple spouts and ensure that all 4 slots are open (NOT stuck together).
  • The cups must be mobile. Ensure that in the relaxed position the 4 cups rest tightly against each other forming an even edge around the central hole. This is important to maintain safety and ensure sufficient flow.

How to choose your products

Perhaps you have already been diagnosed by a Speech Pathologist and they have made recommendations for you. You can choose a meal thickness and Soft Spout attachment to match their recommendations.

If you are unsure which thickness level and RoseCup attachment to use, you can take our quick questionnaire here.

NutriTaste Thickened fluids range is a delicious shake available in a powder formula designed by Nutritionists. Lifemere is an Australian manufacturer and distributor of the complete NutriTaste range.