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Food and drink

Get tips on ways to make your life easier and safer when eating and preparing food, and how to get support through food parcels if you are struggling.

Help with eating and drinking

Here are some things you can do straight away:

  • Ensure that the dining environment is set up correctly. Your dining chair should be supportive and allow you to sit in a comfortable and upright position. This will help maintain a good posture for eating and drinking.
  • A regular routine with familiar placement of items such as a napkin, salt, pepper and drink may help if you have memory problems. Eating a meal in quiet surroundings with minimal distraction may also help.
  • Specially designed cutlery or crockery can help if you have difficulty using standard items.
  • If you have trouble cutting food, a casserole may be more appropriate than a whole steak. Thicker sauces and soups are less likely to be spilled.
  • Using plates or bowls with high sides or a plateguard can help prevent food being spilled.
  • Cups and mugs with lids will help prevent drink spills.
  • Cups or mugs with large handles allow you to use your whole hand to grip the handle, or put your whole hand through it for a better hold.

Help preparing food

There are lots of equipment available to help you prepare food.

Here are some things you can do straight away:

  • Use scissors or kitchen shears to cut some types of food.
  • Use a coloured chopping board to give contrast to the food colour, this may be helpful for people with low vision.
  • Pre-sliced, chopped or frozen food can be a good alternative to fresh food.
  • Consider whether you can avoid having to peel food by cooking potatoes and vegetables in their skins.
  • Put the items you use every day within easy reach, to avoid having to stretch or stand on stools.
  • Ensure that your cooker is at the right height for you so you don't have to stretch over hot items.


Foodbanks are non-profit making organisations that give food parcels to those in crisis who don’t have enough money to buy food themselves.

The Trussell Trust foodbank provide three days of emergency food and support.

Each food parcel contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food. There are also 'supermarket collections' where shoppers can donate items from their shopping basket.

Every referral to a Trussell Trust foodbank is made by frontline care professionals, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, welfare officers, the police and probation officers.  They will identify that a person is in crisis and will issue a food voucher. If you have a concern about a resident, they need to have a referral from one of these agencies to be able to access the foodbank.

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