Caring Role

I need help with feeding and drinking

Why don’t you try? : Find equipment to help with feeding/drinking

If your loved one struggles with eating/drinking, there might be gadgets or equipment to help make life easier.
There’s a range of equipment to help, examples include:

Cooking and eating

* a kettle with a holder to make it easy to pour
* knives and forks with special handles to make them easy to hold
* easy to grip jugs or graters
* cups with 2 handles
* non-slip products
* adapted utensils such as can openers and chopping boards

How to get gadgets and equipment

Gadgets and equipment can be small or big, and costs vary. These websites will give you an idea of the types of equipment available, what they cost and where to buy them.
* Living Made Easy
* Ask Sara

How your council can help

Your local council offers a service that assesses your home and recommends equipment or adaptations. Having a home assessment is free.
Your council should pay for equipment that costs less than £1,000. Ask social services at your local council about getting a home assessment.
A home assessment might also identify home adaptations that would make life easier for you.

Getting a grant

If you need it for an illness or disability, you might be able to get a grant to help with the costs.
Independence at Home has grants for disabled people and those with a long-term illness.

Hiring or loaning equipment

You might want to hire equipment, for example to see if it’s right for you before buying, if you only need it for a short while or you need it to take on holiday.
Try searching online for:
* specialist disability equipment hire
* local disability equipment suppliers

Source: NHS
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Here’s a tip for you to try this week :

Assess where there is difficulty with feeding and drinking, Look into purchasing equipment to help feeding an drinking, Speak to a relevant health professional for an assessment ,

You can visit the Bridgit Shop at anytime to find our what products and services can support you.

Ask Bridgit for an interactive carer assessment

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