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Food preparation equipment

This section includes equipment to assist with food preparation.

Food preparation boards assist with slicing and spreading bread, and keeping food items in place while they are being sliced or chopped, Some may anchor to a table or work surface, others may have a slip-resistant base. They may have a compartment to collect food that has been prepared.

Table top jar and bottle holders stabilise and grip a jar or bottle leaving the user with both hands free to grip the lid. Storage jars with features such as lids which can be released and resealed by applying pressure to a specific area. Salt and pepper grinders and shakers may have features to enhance grip or enable one-handed use. Some of these salt and pepper mills also grind herbs and spices.

Saucepans that stay cool to the touch, saucepan handles with enhanced grip, cooking baskets which allow you to transfer food from a saucepan without lifting the pan, and pan holders which stabilise the saucepan so it can be used with one hand may provide assistance.

Some equipment may have features that could assist blind and partially sighted users, or may be available in colours that may help people with memory loss. toasting.

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Automatic Salt or Pepper Mill
Salt and pepper mills with accessible features. Comprises: battery operated grinding mechanism via push button on top of mill; soft-touch exterior; ca...
Belliclamp Jar And Bottle Holder
Worktop clamp for holding jars or bottles, leaving the user's hands free to open the top. Comprises: plastic clamp with slip-resistant base; plastic r...
Bread Board
Wooden board. Comprises: slip-resistant base; stainless steel spikes to hold bread whilst cutting; two raised angled borders to hold slice of bread wh...
Chopping Board
Waterproof polyethylene chopping board. Comprises: slip-resistant base; two raised edges on one corner; aluminium spikes to secure food for chopping. ...
Chopping Board
Chopping board designed to keep the item of food in place whilst chopping. Comprises: white polypropylene; stainless steel spikes intended to hold foo...
Combination Chopping Board
Combination chopping board. Comprises: polypropylene board; slip-resistant base; knife attached to board removable for cleaning and sharpening; three ...
Derby Spill Not Jar And Bottle Opener
Jar and bottle opener. Item that needs opening is placed in an indent, leaving both hands free to twist lid. Comprises: three differently sized indent...
Dignity One Handled Salt Pepper & Vinegar Shaker Set
Condiment set designed for one-handed use. Comprises: earthenware construction; weighted base; large side handle; raised 'S', 'P', and 'V' on one side...
Eezi-Slice Breadboard
Breadboard. Comprises: wooden breadboard; designed to fit most standard sized loaves of bread and help produce even slices.
Etac Cut Cutting Board
Plastic holding and cutting board for bread or meat. Comprises: slot for knife; thickness guide which can be altered to six positions; slip-resistant ...
Food Preparation Board
Moulded plastic bread board with slip-resistant base and one curved side to hook onto table edge. Board is angled at the opposite end with lipped edge...
Food Preparation Work Station
Food preparation workstation. Comprises: screw clamp; slip-resistant feet; integral fork and studs to hold food.
Food Workstation
Food workstation designed to give assistance with a variety of kitchen tasks. Comprises: clamp for gripping food, jars, bowls or bottles; removable st...
Good Grips Pop Food Storage Containers
Air tight jar with lid which can be released and resealed by applying pressure to the push-button style centre. The jar corners are designed to facili...
Kitchen Workstation
Multi-function food preparation board. Comprises: plastic slip-resistant base; detachable grater and slicer with protective cover and food collector; ...
Multi-function Food Preparation Board
Food preparation and chopping board designed to assist users with reduced hand function. Comprises: made from rubberwood; fine and coarse grater, slic...
One Handed Box Set
One-handed storage boxes. Comprises: clear storage jars; plastic lid; central release spot; resealable lid; dishwasher safe; three sizes.
Ornamin Model 900 Non-Slip Board
Non-slip spreading board. Comprises: raised on three sides, designed to keep food items in place; made from melamine. Options: range of colours; spike...
Ornamin Model 910 Non-slip Chopping Board
Chopping board. Comprises: scratch-resistant, plastic construction; raised edges on three sides; slip-resistant preparation area and base. Options: ra...
Ortwo One-handed Salt-pepper Mill
Grinder suitable for one-handed use. Comprises: squeeze grip handles that enable one-handed grinding; rust-resistant ceramic grinders; removable glass...
Pan Handle Holder
Plastic coated steel 'U' shaped saucepan handle holder. Attaches to cooker top with suction cup feet. Prevents a pan from turning while stirring with ...
Pan Handle Holder
Pan handle holder. Comprises: designed to prevent a pan from turning while stirring with one hand; suction cups.
Pan Pickle Anti Slip Guide For Induction Hobs
Device designed to secure a saucepan in place on an induction hob. Comprises: flexible silicone construction; grips to glass surface of hob in positio...
Plastic Spreading Board
Plastic board with lipped edges along two sides which form an 'L' shaped guard to hold bread in place for spreading.


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Buying equipment

There are several factors to consider when purchasing equipment.

Get advice and an assessment

Experienced therapists or trusted assessors know a lot about products and will help you make sure the product is right for you now and will continue to be suitable in the future. 


You may be able to get an assessment and advice from social services. GOV.UK website
Alternatively you may choose to pay for a private occupational therapist. If you wish to request a private appointment with an occupational therapist then you can obtain details of local private occupational therapists from the 'College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Independent Practice' (COTSS-IP) website. www.cotss-ip.org.uk or phone their enquiry Line: 0845 129 7699.
You can check whether a therapist is state registered with the Health Care professions Council (HCPC) at www.hcpc-uk.org/audiences/

Try before you buy

You can find out about products and try them out, with independent advice at an Independent Living Centre (ILC). There are about 30 ILCs in the UK. Most do not sell products but they will be able to tell you where to buy them. We recommend you make an appointment before you visit

You could view equipment at an exhibition. They are a good opportunity to see what's available and meet the competing suppliers. The main exhibition of equipment is NAIDEX, held annually at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, and Glasgow. www.naidex.co.uk

Buying from a private person

Buying from a private person gives you fewer rights. You will only be able to claim against the seller if the product doesn't match its description or if the seller did not own it. Consequently, some firms occasionally pretend to be private sellers to avoid their legal responsibilities towards customers. If you suspect this has happened to you find out about your rights and what action to take on the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) website https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/ or call 0345 404 0506 to speak to the Citizen Advice consumer helpline.

Membership of trade associations

Some suppliers are members of a trade association. Many of these trade associations have a code of practice that governs their members' customer service, and thus may help to project you from unscrupulous selling practices. For example, some trade associations prohibit their members from contacting people uninvited to try and sell their products. They may also prohibit their members from using high pressure selling tactics such as offering a discount if you order that day, or phoning their manager while demonstrating the equipment to you to agree a 'special discount/deal'. Thus if you have a choice of suppliers for the product you wish to purchase we recommend you consider the suppliers who are members of trade association.

We record suppliers' membership of several trade associations (see a list of these trade associations) and our ratings give greater weighting to trade associations with codes of practice which are approved by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) (e.g. the British Healthcare Trade Association) or governed by an audit scheme which meets the requirements of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

We also record whether suppliers meet the ISO 9000 series of standards. These standards define a Quality System which certifies that formalised business processes are being applied, and thus may be another indicator to look for if you have a choice of suppliers.


You may be able to purchase equipment designed for use by disabled people without paying the VAT if you are 'chronically sick or disabled', and you are buying the item/s for your own personal or domestic use. For VAT purposes, a person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they:

  • Have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities.
  • Have a condition that the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness (e.g. diabetes).
  • Are terminally ill.


So, you won't qualify if you're only temporarily disabled or incapacitated (e.g. if you have a broken leg).

Examples of products which are likely to qualify for VAT relief (if intended for the personal or domestic use of a chronically sick or disabled person) include:


  • wheelchairs
  • stairlifts
  • computer software or hardware designed specifically for disabled individuals
  • kettle tippers, tap turners, button hooks and similar gadgets or devices that are designed solely to make everyday tasks easier for disabled individuals
  • artificial limbs
  • vehicles that have been adapted for use by a wheelchair or stretcher user


Price is important but, if we list more than one supplier, it is important to look for more than just the cheapest price. Check when the prices were last updated (this should be stated under each price). Consider whether:

  • Postage/delivery is included (if shopping by mail order or online)
  • Is the supplier a member of a trade association? (see below)
  • Is one supplier listing the price with VAT and another without VAT?
  • Check the suppliers' returns policies and any guarantees / warranties (see below).
  • For complex equipment that requires maintenance and/or servicing check what's included in the price and what the ongoing costs will be.


The length of the manufacturer's guarantee does not limit any claim you may make to the seller as if a product develops a fault outside the guarantee period you can still claim against the seller if you can show that the fault was unreasonable at that period in the products life.


You may be asked whether you would like to purchase an extended warranty. Remember that your statutory rights exist, under the Sale of Goods Act, whether or not you choose to buy their warranty and whether or not the goods came with any guarantee. Manufacturers' guarantees are separate from the automatic rights you have against the seller, and may be more limited. For more information read the Citizens Advice Bureau guide to guarantees and warranties.

Maintenance and insurance

For large complex items, such as a stairlift, check what kind of maintenance contract the supplier offers.

Making complaints and reporting unsafe products

In most instances a complaint should initially be made to the supplier who provided you with the item. CAB has a range of guidelines on their website on making a complaint about poor service or faulty goods. These include complaining by phone, complaining in writing and template letters. CAB advice about making a complaint.
If you are not satisfied with the supplier's response then you may choose to complain to:

  • an ombudsman scheme
  • a regulator
  • an independent mediator
  • a trade association (if the supplier is a member of one)


Safety incidents involving medical devices can be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on the GOV UK website www.mhra.gov.uk or their Adverse incident centre hotline 020 3080 7080. The MHRA is the government agency responsible for ensuring that medical devices and medicines work and are acceptably safe. Their definition of 'Medical devices' includes devices used for assisting patients and users, thus many daily living aids such as bath lifts, commodes and walking sticks are medical devices. Any incident involving the safety of a medical device (including safety issues with its instructions for use) should be reported to the MHRA, especially if the incident contributed to, or could have caused injury, life-threatening illness or death.

Need More Help?

If you know that there is a certain product that will help you, feel free to browse through our online catalogue or use our search tool for specific product names. National retailers are listed against each product and you can click on their link to go directly to their website to order that product or contact the retailer for more information. Don't forget to tell them you found their information on our site.

If you are unsure about what you need why not try our AskSARA tool to narrow down your search by considering what areas of daily living you need help with.

If you would prefer to speak to someone for advice about daily living equipment, please contact our Helpline on 0300 999 0004.

Our experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem and can send you information on products that might help you, where you can buy equipment and other useful organisations that might be able to help you.

You can also post a question on the Youreable forum. it’s free to join the forum and the community is supportive and knowledgeable. The forum is an online community of and for disabled and older people and their families/carers.

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