Diets for People with Disabilities

It is very easy to understand why there are dietary concerns for people with disabilities. The diet that is consumed by anyone with or without a disability can have an overall effect on their health. A person with a disability, however, may be more greatly affected by poor nutrition than others due to their medical condition.  

 

The first thing that must be addressed for a person with a disability when it comes to their diet is any special nutritional needs. Many medical care providers, for instance, have found that people with certain conditions may benefit from higher concentrations of certain vitamins than other people. If this is the case, you will need to make sure that any foods selected meet the guidelines set by the care provider.  

 

Next you will need to consider the ability of the person to consume the foods. Do they have a difficult time handling utensils, chewing, swallowing, or other issues? Selecting wholesome foods that meet these guidelines are essential as well. A healthy meal will go untouched if a person cannot easily eat the foods given to them.  

 

Anyone who has a disability may find it harder to be physically active. Because of this, weight issues may arise. It is very important that anyone who is not able to be physically active due to their disability follow a diet that is higher in content with vegetables and fruits so that they can easily manage their weight. Higher weight levels may lead to secondary medical conditions that could hinder their disability or lifestyle.  

 

A well-balanced diet is necessary for health regardless of disability or medical condition. A person should watch the types of foods they consume and seek out whole foods that are not processed or only slightly processed as well as seeking out foods without added sugars, fats, or salts. A diet rich in nutrients is healthier for everyone, not just those who are disabled. For those who are disabled, it is very important that caregivers make sure that meals are nutritionally balanced, meet medical needs, and are easy to consume.

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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).