Cooking, eating and drinking

If you have trouble preparing meals or you have trouble eating and drinking, you can contact Disabled Living.

Disabled Living occupational therapists can assess you if you want more detailed advice.

Living made easy offers equipment information to help you in the kitchen and with eating and drinking.


Buy equipment from high street stores, online or catalogues. Useful items include: 

  • perching stools
  • two-handled cups
  • easy-grip knives and forks
  • trollies

Making changes

You may be able to change how you use your kitchen. For example, microwave ovens are often at an easier height to use than conventional ovens.

Put your vegetables in a chip basket or sieve and put this in your pan of boiling water. When cooked, lift the chip pan basket out of the pan.

Buy a smaller kettle which is easier to lift and carry

Buy a one-touch, electric can opener

Ready-made meals

Some companies deliver healthy, nutritious meals to your home. Some can deliver hot meals, others deliver frozen meals that you can cook in the microwave when you want. They can cater for particular diets. Three companies you could use are: 

Most supermarkets also offer online shopping and home delivery.

Eating out

Lunch clubs take place in church halls, community centres and other venues and offer cheap, healthy, hot meals. Many also include some social activities.

Community cafés are another option if you find it difficult to cook at home and want to meet up with people.

Many pubs and cafés offer mid-week discounts making eating out economical as well as a good way to meet up with friends.

Adult Social Care service

If you want more advice or you feel that you need more support, contact Adult Social Care which may be able to assess your situation and discuss the type of support you need.

Adult social care is now provided by Northern Care Alliance

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