Cooking with a Disability

Cooking is something that many people enjoy. Crafting meals from scratch can bring pleasure and relaxation. Having people enjoy your meals leads to a sense of appreciation and pride. For those with disabilities, the joys of cooking can sometimes be difficult or even unattainable.  

 

It doesn’t need to be this way 

 

There are many things that you, or someone, can do for you to make cooking and kitchen time with a disability much easier. Creating ways to allow your loved one to enjoy the experience of cooking is not difficult.  It only takes a little bit of planning.  

 

• Declutter the kitchen. The first thing that should be done is clean out and declutter the kitchen area. Get rid of those things that do not matter or will never be used. A kitchen free of clutter is not only more attractive, it is also easier to work in and keep clean. A clutter free kitchen will be much easier for someone with a disability to work in, reach items, and prepare meals.  

• Use utensils that are designed to help. There are many different types of kitchen utensils that are designed to help those with a disability prepare food much easier. Specially designed knives, can openers, silverware, and even serving items can help disabled people be self-sufficient in the kitchen.  

• Lower work areas. People in wheelchairs often cannot do work on the counters because of the height. You can use rolling trays and have table areas where food can be prepared without having to extend arms dangerously to use the height of the counters.  

• Have a chair available. Some disabilities cause people to become tired or weak after a short period of time. Make sure that the kitchen preparation area has a place where your loved one can sit and take a break while they are preparing the meal if necessary.  

• Be patient. When you become disabled you have to learn how to do everything all over again. This includes tasks like preparing a meal. Be supportive; be caring; and be patient. What you are giving your loved one is far more important than the meal being prepared. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).