Eating Aids Information

People with impaired function in their hands, arms, or mouths can find it difficult to feed themselves. Emotionally, this lack of independence can be quite difficult to accept. Thankfully, a variety of eating aids exist to make it easier for anyone with mobility concerns to feed themselves.

Who Can Benefit from Eating Aids

Eating aids are beneficial for anyone with difficulty feeding themselves whether as a result of illness or injury or due to long-term disability. There are many different eating aids available. Choosing the ones that are best for you depends on your lifestyle and food choices.

Plate Guards

Even the most adept individuals can have a hard time getting peas or other vegetables off a plate without making a mess. For people with mobility concerns, eating off a plate is even more difficult. Plate guards make this process easier by surrounding a plate you already own and providing a surface to push against. This keeps food from spilling off the plate and makes it easier to pick up.

Scoop Bowls/Plates

Similar to plate guards, scoop bowls and plates make it easier to pick up food. Unlike plate guards, however, scoop bowls and plates stand on their own. They’re specially designed with a high, curving lip on one side to make eating with one hand easier by using the curved edge to roll food onto a fork or spoon. Some have suction bottoms to keep the plate or bowl from sliding across the table while you’re trying to eat.

Stay Warm Dishes

Keeping food warm in a bowl or plate that’s also easy to eat out of is simple with a stay warm dish. The cover is easy to put on and remove yet keeps the contents warm if you’re not ready to eat yet. It’s a convenient, portable solution to eating hot food from a mobility-friendly bowl or plate.

Utensil Cuff

This is particularly helpful for people who have difficulty with grip. The cuff attaches around your hand and makes it easier to hold forks, spoons, etc. It can also be used to hold pens or other small hand tools.

Cutlery

Special utensils with easy to grip handles make it much easier for people with grip or motor control concerns to feed themselves. Some are made bent at different angles to adapt for any lack of mobility in arms, elbows, or shoulders. In addition, special non-slip handles can be purchased to slide over cutlery you already use on a daily basis. There’s even special ones for children or others with small hands.

Adult Bibs

Whether you’re eating lobster or not, meal time can be messy. With specially designed adult bibs, clothes are protecting from any stains, etc. and your dignity remains intact. The absorbent surface quickly sops up any spills and the soft fabric is both comfortable and attractive.

Suction Egg Cups

Enjoying a hardboiled egg using only one hand is simple with the suction egg cup. It looks just like a regular egg cup, but suctions to the table to keep it in place while you crack and peel the shell.

 

Enjoying a delicious meal has never been easier for people with mobility issues thanks to the many eating aids on the market.

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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).