The term drinking aids covers a broad range of products that assist people with ingesting liquid independently.
Who Benefits from Drinking Aids?
Individuals who are temporarily or permanently immobilized, such as due to stroke, injury or other medical condition, but wish to drink without the assistance of a care taker benefit from drinking aids.
Other drinking aids are meant to assist people who lack the necessary strength or dexterity to manage a tradition glass or mug. This is often the case for patients with arthritis or similar conditions. Control, preventing spills, and safety are of utmost concern. There are a variety of drinking aids available that address these issues.
Patients with immobility or restricted use of their arms can benefit from specialized drinking bottles. They can be attached to bed frames, wheelchairs, or other convenient bases. Typically, they incorporate a long flexible tube and non-drip valve that enable the user to drink by gently sucking on the mouth piece. Some tubes have clips attached to them which enables them to be attached to clothing for easy accessibility. Functional lids make the bottles easy to refill and many drinking bottles come with an anti-bacterial cleaning kit to help prevent infection.
Drinking Cups and One-Way Straws
Drinking cups with detachable lids come with many options. Important features to consider include size and weight of the cup so that it’s not too heavy when full and the design of the handle for ease of grip. Large, two-handled cups are often easier to hold and control. Some drinking cups even come with specially angled or adjustable handles that can be tailored to ensure the user has the perfect grip. Hard plastic cups will be less likely to break when dropped, but for ease of cleaning, ensure that the surfaces don’t have joints or other places for bacteria to lodge and grow. In addition, some cups come with adaptive extra features such as interchangeable spouts that can be used with hot or cold drinks or chunky soup. Preventing spills is easier with a one-way straw.
Kettle Tippers and Two-Handled Kettles
Weak or unsteady hands can increase dangers in the kitchen. A kettle tipper is one way of reducing risks in the kitchen while retaining independence. They work by taking most of the weight of the kettle and assist with pouring the hot liquid inside in a smooth, steady motions. Another option for managing hot liquids is a two-handled kettle.
Hot Drink Dispensers
Much like a thermos or vacuum flask, hot drink dispensers keep liquids hot for up to 4 hours. In addition, hot drink dispensers ensure the liquid inside is poured at a safe and controlled speed. These dispensers are designed to be sturdy and easy to grasp.
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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:
- have a physical or mental impairment that has a long-term and severe effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities;
- have a condition that doctors treat as a chronic sickness - like diabetes, for example;
- are terminally ill
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).