Personal Independence Payment (PIP) toolkit
Eating and drinking
This activity looks at your ability to eat and drink, including cutting food into pieces and conveying it to your mouth.
You should talk about spilling food if this means you have to change your clothes after meals.
Questions relevant to sight loss
The descriptors (legal tests) are:
- to use an aid or appliance to be able to take nutrition; or
- supervision to be able to take nutrition; or
- assistance to be able to cut up food.
When answering the questions think about:
- What aids do you use to help you to eat? Do you use a plate guard to stop food from falling off the plate?
- Do you need to use specifically coloured plates so that the colour contrast allows you to distinguish different food items?
- Do you need someone to cut up your food on your behalf?
- Do you need help finding and taking bones out of fish or meats?
- Do you have any special cutlery?
- Are you able to see if you have dropped food or drink onto your clothes?
- Do you need to set your food and cutlery out in a particular layout so that you can find them using touch, for example always having your drink on the right-hand side so that you can find it?
- Do you need someone to tell you whereabouts your food is on the plate, for example using the clock face method?
Put your answers in the section called “Extra information”.