Dignity Two Hander Teapot in GreenEating your three meals a day is a luxury for so many reasons, but one that most people didn't give a thought to is the actual physical ability to do so. For individuals using a care service or living in a residential care home, feeding themselves could be one of the most important ways to keep their independence. 

So when a person you're supporting appears to be unable to feed themselves but would like to keep doing it, what can we do? We can physically feed them and make sure that they do indeed eat, or we can assess the individual's ability and provide them with the right crockery to maintain their own independent meal times.

These include specially designed plates and bowls with high sides, two handled teapots to aid holding and even insulated crockery for individuals who take a long time to complete their meals. Perhaps the most popular modification to crockery is the non-slip option, combatting accidents and spillages that could damage both morale and health. There have even been studies that show a boldly coloured set of crockery can help those with Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia at meal times.

Pictured above is the Dignity Two Handled Teapot in Green, designed specifically for individuals living with Dementia and recommended by the Alzheimer's Society

Learn more about how you and your staff can keep meal times at their most enjoyable and safe for everyone with our Food Hygiene Training DVDs for Care Home and Domiciliary Care, complete with supporting materials and lesson plan. 

Investing in your crockery means more time for the people you support to be independent, whether that's in their own home, or in a care home. There are many specialist websites to order from, happy searching!

Food Hygiene DVDs