Contents

  • Introduction
  • What are eating and drinking aids?
  • Eating and drinking aids for health conditions
  • Top tips for eating and drinking aids
  • Which eating and drinking aids are right for you?
  • Things to consider

How to choose the right eating and drinking aids

BUYING GUIDE

introduction

If you have mobility issues with your hands, such as tremors, painful fingers, swollen joints or paralysis, you may find it harder to prepare food, and enjoy mealtimes.

Maintaining a healthy appetite keeps your energy levels constant, helping you to feel at your best, which is why we offer a range of products to make eating and drinking a little easier, including:

Brightly coloured cutlery aids and patterned crockery is also available to help make children more at ease when eating or drinking.

What are eating and drinking aids and how can they help you stay independent?

“Eating and drinking aids” cover a wide range of equipment, designed to help children and adults feel more confident at mealtimes and make eating, drinking and preparing food easier.

You may find eating and drinking aids helpful if:

REMEMBER

If you’re dining out, an eating establishment will not be offended if you ask them to serve your food on your plate, or eat with your cutlery.

Eating and drinking aids may help those with the following health conditions

REMEMBER

The type of plate your food is served on can make a huge difference at mealtimes. Beige food on a white plate can be hard for someone with a vision or cognitive impairment, such as dementia, to identify. A brightly coloured plate can help them to see the food on their plate more clearly.

Top tips to get the most out of your eating and drinking aids

  • Explore your options when it comes to cutlery
    There are various types of cutlery which are designed to help with different symptoms experienced in the hands. Large handled cutlery, for example, will help make mealtimes easier for anyone with reduced grip, whilst adjustable cutlery enables you change the angle of your knife, fork or spoon for a comfortable grip. Alternatively, if you experience tremors, weighted cutlery can help keep your hands more stable as you eat or, if you only have use of one hand, you can try dual purpose cutlery which combines a knife and fork into one.
  • Prepare food and drink easily and safely
    If you’re living with a health condition which causes your hands and joints to swell, even lifting a kettle can be difficult. A kettle tipper enables you to make your favourite hot drink easily whilst ensuring safer pouring by reducing the risk of you dropping the kettle or holding it awkwardly and burning yourself. Alternatively, if your grip is weak, a kitchen workstation will hold food securely so you can slice, grate or spread, helping you to prepare meals more independently.

Which eating and drinking aids are right for you?

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    • Ideal for anyone with external tremors

    • Insert restricts wave motion to prevent spills

    • Dishwasher safe

    • Steel extractor removes insert safely

    • Increases confidence when drinking

    • Perfect for anyone with reduced grip or restricted neck movement

    • Specially designed lid reduces spillages

    • Dishwasher safe

    • Can be used when lying down

    • Suitable for hot and cold drinks

Things to consider

  • Does it take you longer to finish your food?
    If you find it takes a little longer to eat your meals, a keep warm bowl or a keep warm plate can help you to enjoy hot food for longer.
  • Do you need to eat one-handed?
    A sloped bottom plate can make it easier to scoop food of your plate so you can continue eating independently, whilst a non-slip mat will help prevent your plate moving.
  • How strong is your grip?
    If you’re finding it difficult to open jars, cans and bottles, our range of openers are ergonomically designed to help make this quick and easy.
  • Are you living with tremors in your hands?
    A non-spill cup insert is a discreet way of preventing spillage if you have a hand tremor, as it helps prevent wave motion within the cup.