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An individual's condition will determine what type of equipment is the most suitable. Here are some useful considerations you should take into account when you are purchasing daily living aids and equipment. This helpful guide has been produced by the in-house Occupational Therapists at Nottingham Rehab Supplies.

Eating & Drinking Aids

When purchasing items to eat and drink with, it is always good to consider the environment of eating, and what part of the task they are having difficulty doing. For example it may be getting the food to the mouth or they may be slow at eating and therefore the food or drink cools before they can finish. Many plates, bowls, cups and eating utensils are designed to help people overcome problems like a weak grip, lack of flexibility, limited range of motion, or poor coordination.


  • Cutlery is easier to hold if the handles are large and "fat". You can build up handles yourself, using Plastazote Tubing or purchase specialised cutlery
  • Specialised cutlery is a personal item and it is recommended that you hold the utensils to compare grip, weight and usability. An example of this is weighted cutlery; some people who have Parkinson's disease find that it will reduce tremors while eating
  • A hand strap or grip can be added to cutlery. The strap, often of velcro, fits around the fingers and makes the utensil easier to grip and hold during eating
  • For people with restricted movement, an angled head on the cutlery is useful
  • Contrasting colours on cutlery and crockery aid people with visual impairments
  • People who eat with one hand may find plates with high rims or plate guards useful, to stop food being pushed off the plate
  • To prevent crockery from slipping, Dycem non-slip mats can be used in conjunction
  • Plastic tablecloths can be attractive, useful and easy to clean. Also, warm plates will not slip on a plastic cloth
  • A preheated hot plate maintains the warmth of the main course throughout the meal, an important necessity if you require more time to eat and this ensures that the meal remains warm and appetising
  • Plastic cups, plates and bowls are light in weight, durable and easy to manage when there is poor grip or control of movement
  • A heavier cup may be easier for somebody with tremors. Fill any cup or mug only halfway to cut down on the chance of spills
  • Insulated cups keep drinks warmer for longer
  • A double-handed cup, preferably with a spout, is an important piece of equipment to aid drinking
  • Flexible straws or straws with one-way valves assist drinking. Larger straws are available for thicker substances. A bulldog clip can be put on the side of a glass or beaker and a flexible drinking straw passed through it to promote stability of the straw whilst drinking
  • Lids and spill proof cups can be purchased

  • Nottingham Rehab Supplies professionally trained Occupational Therapy Helpline Operator will be pleased to help and guide you on product purpose, suitability, usage and provide technical details to help you make the right choice of product.

    Telephone: 0845 121 8110